The Difference Between Diet and Lifestyle 

You want to lose weight, be healthier or more fit. 

Diet implies you are eating much less. You’re doing it until you reach your goal. You can’t wait to cheat. You can’t wait to get back to eating normal. It’s hard. In your mind it’s temporary. It might be a cleanse, it might be very low calorie or no carbs. When and if you stick to this craziness and reach your goal what then?

Anyone who’s ever gone down this road knows that the weight comes back. 

What’s a fit lifestyle? It’s not temporary. It is a bigger plan. It’s sustainable amounts of healthy food that meets your body’s nutritional requirements. It could be just above your basal metabolic rate (BMR) it could be at or just below your Total Daily Calorie (Energy) Expenditure. (TDEE) The difference between them are whether you are trimming down or staying fit. 

What does this look like? It’s choosing healthy foods first and foremost.  It may be lower carb and less sugar than your unfit lifestyle. However, It is not so restrictive that one cookie once in a while will change your life. It does not include bingeing or eating “whatever you want.” It’s being considered in your choices. It includes planning healthy meals, choosing grilled, lightly sautéed and steamed meat and vegetables with salad instead of fried, creamy, or heavy sauces. It’s skipping dessert most days, saving those treats for holidays and special occasions. 

It may include, for a while until you get the hang of it, tracking your protein intake to make sure you get enough, or tracking fats and carbs to make sure you don’t get too much. 

Need a more detailed plan to get started? Contact me for your personalized fit lifestyle plan! Email: Samantha@fitatfiftysamantha.com

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