New Year New You
We’re starting to see a shift in the way people eat for health and weight loss purposes. If you were to check into the nutrition and weight loss world 20 years ago, you would’ve seen extreme weight loss methods in a response to the health complications that came with obesity.
However, the nutrition and science behind these weight loss methods didn’t add up. Especially when the long-term success rate was examined.
Plenty of diets popped up promising quick fixes through extreme restrictions, cutting out food groups, or obsessing about points, calories, fat or scales.
And, we know today that most of these highly restrictive diets not only failed to work. But they also contributed to eating disorders, body image, and self-confidence issues. As well as being stuck in the diet mindset and never being able to truly appreciate or enjoy food.
If they did work, then by now we would have one solid diet that stood the test of time, right?
DO FAD DIETS STAND THE TEST OF TIME?
But in reality, we’re seeing more of this:
Weight Watchers (now WW) stocks plummeting, and they’re reaching for a more holistic way to approach their point system.
Calorie counting is creating negative body perceptions and an addiction to being in a calorie deficit. This is contributing to disordered eating in ways that aren’t sustainable, long-term.
Low-fat diet craze creating foods that are high in sugar and artificial sweeteners. Which we now see is a contributor to insulin sensitivity, digestive issues and an increase in weight gain.
Cutting out food groups often fail to provide adequate nutrition knowledge, which can result in bodily damage if not done right. For example, the extreme restriction of carbs can result in symptoms like headaches, dizzy spells, fatigue and lack of energy – Source.
Because what we don’t understand is that carbs (just like protein and fat) are a macronutrient that’s utilized and needed by the body for fuel.
Suffice to say, if you can’t stick to it long-term, then is it really going to work for you?
WHY THE N5DIET
Most people are stuck with years of habitually yo-yo dieting, and finding nutrition to be overly complicated and hard to keep up to. Well, because life is so busy to meal prep an entire day away, I decided to pair up with Naughty Nutrition.
This is a ‘non-diet’ diet plan called the N5Diet.
WHAT IS THE N5DIET?
The N5Diet is a 5-week health plan that was designed for the busy individual who is ready to learn about simple health strategies that don’t involve strict restrictions, dieting or giving up foods and food groups (unless medically necessary).
It has over 125 recipes that are all made with only 5 ingredients. Tt contains a 5-week meal plan for those of us that like to have a little bit of structure with our food. The N5Diet comes with 5 steps (1 step each week) that teaches you the fundamentals of health, how to listen to your body, and how to use simple health tools so that you can find the time for nutrition in your busy schedule.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE N5DIET
The N5Diet plan is a very simple yet effective plan that was made for the busybody.
It teaches you how to remove the guilt and form healthy habits over time so that you don’t need to go to extreme measures for the sake of weight loss or health. Then, it goes into how to create your own health plan, without being strict or hard on yourself.
I think the best part is that it’s really easy to do, the food is really easy to cook (5 ingredients, say what!?) and everything it teaches you is really easy to apply to real life! Another cool thing about this health plan is that it teaches you that enjoying pizza, beer and nachos are a part of life, and you need to find your balance with them.
So here is exactly what you get in this ‘non-diet’ plan:
- A 5-week meal plan with a blank meal planner
- A 125 recipe cookbook, with each recipe made using only 5 ingredients or less
(yes, even your dinners).
- A 5-step plan that teaches you how to shop, cook, manage portion sizes,
- A Total Body Fitness plan that takes you 30 minutes, and can be done in the
comfort of your home.
- Handouts & cheat sheets that make healthy living really easy.
- A 10-minute yoga flow to reduce stress.
- Videos and delicious recipe demos.
There’s so much value in this plan, and another cool thing about it is that $5 of every program sold goes to a local charity to help reduce hunger, tackle greenhouse emissions and food waste.
So, I did it! I signed up for the N5Diet and I have to say, it is pretty awesome!
You will learn about how to tune into your own body’s natural hunger cues, to listen to what your cravings are saying, to mindfully manage your portions, and totally enjoy nights out without the guilt. How?
Because, You will finally start to love your body, respect it and know that the next day you can find balance with your food instead of resorting to restrictions.
You can learn more about the N5Diet here.