When To Throw Out Flexible Dieting
One of our core tenets at The Confident Body Breakthrough is to ensure you have a diet and lifestyle that will sustain your weight loss.
Call it Flexible Dieting. Call it If It Fits Your Marcos. Call it the 'You Can Still Have Sugar Diet'.
Inclusivity is key.
And studies have shown time and time again that you're more likely to sustain weight loss when you can have more freedom and be less neurotic about what you want to eat.
On the flip-side, rigid approaches consistently show to be detrimental to everlasting results, i.e. only eating 'good' foods, or 'clean' foods because you think it's a crime to have cake, will mean you are almost guaranteed to cave and as a result, have an epic binge.
You can't always have your cake and eat it.
There is a specific instance where you can no longer be flexible with your approach to dieting and MUST follow a (somewhat) rigid approach.
And the truth is that you probably know of a few people that have this predicament.
This is when your gut isn't fond of a certain food, i.e. a food allergy or a food intolerance.
And no matter how rationally you want to justify it: In this instance you have to say no.
Now you probably know what an allergy is, i.e. if someone with a nut allergy eats a peanut, their body will have an auto-immune response resulting in an allergic reaction (meaning no longer being able to breathe at serious levels.)
Eating flexibly in this scenario is no-brainer - you obviously shouldn't include nuts.
However there's a slightly less severe situation under the food sensitivity umbrella - a food intolerance.
With an intolerance, your body lacks the necessary enzymes to breakdown food particles and so this can lead to symptoms in your gut, such as bloating, gas, lethargy, constipation, skin conditions like eczema, or diarrhoea.
These are much harder to spot, and current testing does NOT give you conclusive data on whether you are intolerant to something or not (except for lactose intolerance which can be tested at your local GP.)
So how do you know if you're intolerant to something?
The only way to do this right now is to follow an elimination diet. You'd remove said food for a period of time (usually 14-28 days) see if your symptoms go away, and then re-introduce the food and see if your symptoms return.
Now this goes beyond our scope of practice and you'd need to see a gut specialist for further advice, but the point I want to male is this:
Your main goal is to find a diet that you enjoy and that is inclusive with as many foods as possible. Because you'r more likely to stick to it and manage your weight.
The time to break this rule is if you have a confirmed allergy or intolerance to a food.
Health should always be your priority. And if you continue to feed your body with something it disagrees with, you'll retract from the health.
Because a healthy gut means a healthy life. ;)