During my endless years of dieting, I didn’t think I’ve ever NOT made one mistake. I believe the biggest mistake of all was thinking that dieting all the time was the answer. I wished this was something obvious to me right from the beginning.
During my endless years of dieting, I didn’t think I’ve ever NOT made one mistake. I believe the biggest mistake of all was thinking that dieting all the time was the answer. I wished this was something obvious to me right from the beginning. Scientific answers will always make sense to us, but it takes an everyday person going through the hard yards to make some sense of dieting. After all, who could better point out flaws than someone who’s made several?Despite all of this, I’m glad it all happened to me. I would never be where I am now, and although I’m not 100% content with the way I look (what a woman is anyway), I’m riding with the tide and doing my absolute best. The intention of dieting (or, to put it in better words, eating healthy) is not so much for aesthetic purposes as much as it is for good health and a peaceful state of mind. Perhaps the change occurred as I neared my 40’s. There is a time when you decide that you’re through with all the garbage dieting brings. When it comes to the biggest dieting bloopers, there is no better experience than when I prepared myself for the world of bodybuilding.
Five Bodybuilding Diet Mistakes I Made Just To Win A Plastic Trophy
1 Eating way too much animal protein. I won’t even begin to go into the amount of animal protein I used to consume. Through my bodybuilding diet, I ate a large amount of protein and not enough vegetables. I didn’t usually include fruits, but I had them sparingly. Overeating anything isn’t ideal, especially when it comes to animal products. During this phase, I had many problems with my liver, which my doctor pointed out several times. Something just had to give, and when I cut down on the meat, my blood work went back to normal. What didn’t recover well was my digestive system. It was never the same. To this day, I still have lots of issues digesting anything, and I’ve cut out red meat from my diet. Now, my meals contain vast amounts of vegetables, healthy fats and carbs. Usually, I will have some fish, chicken or eggs. Some days it will just be soup. I allow my body to tell me what it feels like and go from there. 2 Forcing myself to eat when I wasn’t hungry. Anyone that’s eating 5–6 meals a day knows what I’m talking about here. I can’t recall one day where I was hungry enough to eat food every couple of hours. After many months of doing this, it became an unnecessary habit. I never really did enjoy eating when I wasn’t hungry. I would deliberately skip meals and felt that muscle wastage was instantly going to occur. As you know, this is entirely ridiculous. Dr Gundry mentions in his podcasts and books that too much protein isn’t good for your health and that our bodies recycle protein. We’ve been lead to believe that more is better. More of anything is just converted to sugars and turns up on our body as fat. Since I began fasting, muscle mass has not been difficult to build and maintain at all. There goes that theory of excessive protein out the window! 3. Taking too many supplements that I didn’t need. I had mountains of bottles pilled up in the cupboard. Every day, I would carry a pillbox with my supplementation plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Did I feel good as a result of taking these supplements? Well, I can’t say I did because I was always tired. I blamed it on dieting, but no doubt it was a lot of little things that lead to my downturn of energy. Was there an advantage to taking these supplements? Perhaps in some instances, there was, but I believe we have to let our bodies naturally absorb everything it needs from the food we eat. If our bodies can’t do this, then getting the root cause of the problem should be our goal. 4 Binge eating when I had my cheat meal. Boy, was this very uncomfortable and disgusting in the process? Before I was a bodybuilder, I didn’t even know what bingeing was. When you deprive yourself of the things you love, then watch those instances of food fantasies come on! Many years ago, we were in a dessert bar. I was watching the chocolate fountain running. Immediately I said to my family, “I would love to go swimming with my mouth open in that chocolate fountain!” Everyone laughed, but it was very out of character for me. I was shocked by saying it. Chocolate was never my thing, but when you deny yourself treats, somehow your obsession with it magnifies. When you finally eat the treat, you stuff as much as you can in your stomach; rolling out of a dessert bar is probably the best option (because you can’t even get up at this stage). I would be sick for quite a few days after this. As I’m lactose intolerant, & eating chocolate and ice cream doesn’t help. I’m paying for it now! I’ve now damaged my digestion from eating all of that garbage – it serves me right! 5 Saying goodbye to carbs when I didn’t need to. There came a time when nothing worked for me. I kept on putting body fat, despite the dieting and exercise. When we deprive ourselves of food, you can expect your body to start holding on to energy in case you start starving it again. After many weeks of stagnation, my instructions were to cut out all carbs and eat my sources from veggies. It worked initially as all diets do, then after a while, I would stagnate. Without carbs, I lacked energy; my muscles were flat and had no shape. When you eat carbs at the right time, they have the potential to make you look leaner and provide your muscles with an added boost of glycogen. This is essential for anyone who wants’s to build muscle (and maintain a slim physique). The problem was that as soon as you introduce carbs, after years of deprivation, your body starts to put on body fat – and rapidly! After you complete, it’s natural to put on weight, and it takes your body a long time to get back to baseline. It took me more than six years! The only lifestyle plan that helped me lose weight and rev up my metabolism was fasting. It has saved me from endless dieting, deprivation and allows me the flexibility to eat what I want. All of these mistakes not only put my body under a lot of unnecessary stress, but I messed up my reproductive system too. For many months, I didn’t have a period. I was so low in body fat that they disappeared. If you would like to be fit, healthy and lean, I would urge you to go by the old fashioned principles of healthy eating, with the odd indulgence. Do some form of activity every single day (like walking) and lift weights. Forget about the torment and deprivation – it’s not worth the toll it takes on your body and also your state of mind. Life is far too short of restricting your life in any way – have fun, and enjoy. No plastic trophy is worth it.