My Dirty Diet Secrets
The success rate of any diet is its ‘stickabilty’ factor. You’ll learn more about that over the coming weeks so I’m hoping you hang around
Over time I’ve discovered there are 3 things that I just can’t pass up when I go on a fat loss diet. And keeping these 3 things in my diet has a lot to do with the fact I’m able to stay lean year round.
In my coffee. And not your watery, skinny, dirty dishwater type milk either. For me, it must be full cream.
Now, I’m well aware that many fitness and fat loss experts tout that dairy is bad for you and you should give it up and you should drink your coffee black. Sure, some people do have intolerance to it, and should consider removing or at least reducing the amount of dairy they have in their diet. But personally, I have never experienced any issues with dairy. I’ve even gone through the ‘no dairy’ deal for a while to see if I felt any different. I did. I felt miserable because I couldn’t eat the things I liked.
Now, I don’t drink massive amounts of milk or eat huge quantities of dairy foods (though I do love cottage cheese and Greek yoghurt). In fact the only milk I have is in my 1-2 coffees in the morning. We’re talking about 60ml of milk. And that keeps me very happy.
Well, it’s true. I do love a glass of nice crisp Savvy Blanc after my work day is done. Sure, you can’t burn fat until you’ve burnt off the alcohol first and that’s ok with me. If I’m training regularly, eating a good diet, then a measly glass of wine won’t take long to burn up. It’s all about keeping things in perspective. Again, I’m not talking about a bottle of wine at a time; I’m talking about a glass (or maybe 2).
Now, for some people alcohol makes them hungry – and it makes them less able to control their food urges. But for me it actually has the opposite effect. I love sitting down at the end of the day when I’m tired, and enjoying a glass of wine with my husband and daughter. It keeps my mind off the contents of the pantry or fridge and also takes the edge off my appetite.
Warning: if you find it difficult to stop at a glass (sometimes 2), then this is not a good strategy for you.
Well, not ‘real’ chocolate, but the taste of chocolate. I actually very rarely eat the real thing because I find that I simply don’t need to.
One of my favourite diet snacks is some good quality, great tasting chocolate whey protein, mixed to a smooth paste, some frozen berries mixed in, then topped with some low fat natural or Greek yoghurt. You can add a little bran for some additional fibre if you need it.
In fact this is a staple snack in my regular diet and my lean-down diet (it can also be mixed up to make a protein shake if that’s your preference).
Who needs chocolate when you can have this AND get lean?
I like to think of myself as a realistic dieter. It has to be something I can live with, something I’m not going to detest and something where the novelty won’t wear off in a week or two.
You’d be surprised at what you can achieve with this approach, providing the rest of your diet is spot on. I’ve actually competed on stage (and won) while drinking milk in my coffee and having a glass of wine most nights. Shame on me!!
I’ll say it again. The most successful diet will be the one you can stick with the longest
NOTE: Obviously you have to be reasonable when you decide on the things you can’t go without. If you decide that pizza, cheesecake and fried ice cream sandwiches are the things you can’t go without, then I’m afraid you need to resign yourself to the life of an overweight, unhealthy individual. But I’m sure you are aware of that.
So now you know my dirty little diet secrets, I’d love to know what things you can’t go without when you diet. Leave me a comment below and let’s discuss!
PS My clients love it when I factor their ‘dirty little secrets’ into their personalized Body Makeover Program. Things like their favourite breakfasts, chocolate (YES, real stuff), cappuccinos and more. After all, I know they won’t stick to anything if they feel deprived. The hard thing is knowing how to wangle it in. If you need help with that, send me an email and we’ll talk! I’m back writing personal programs again, so if you have any ‘dirty’ diet secrets you want to incorporate, I might just be able to help you with that