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  • Writer's pictureCraig Lapsley

The All-or-Nothing Mentality: How It's Sabotaging Your Diet and Your Sanity

Hand reaching out of ocean. It represents a persons struggle to stay afloat mentally.

It's time to ditch the "all or nothing" mentality when it comes to dieting.

I'm sure we've all had that moment where we've indulged in something off-plan and then decided to throw caution to the wind and just eat whatever we want for the rest of the day.

But let me tell you, that thought pattern is what's holding you back from achieving your health goals, not that doughnut you had at work.

First things first, let's talk about weight loss. Contrary to popular belief, it's not about banning certain foods or following a strict meal plan.

It all comes down to the number of calories you consume over the course of a week.

So, if you happen to indulge in a slice of pizza or a piece of chocolate cake, don't beat yourself up about it. Just make sure you balance your calories over the rest of the week if you can.

What about optimal health? I hear you say.

While it's true that all foods can be part of a balanced diet, it's important to note that some foods are more nutritious than others.

Aim to make 80-90% of your diet nutrient-dense whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

The other 10-20% can be whatever you want, whether it's pizza, burgers, or ice cream.

Just make sure you're not relying on junk food for the majority of your diet.

Getting rid of the "on the diet/off the diet" mentality is crucial for long-term fat loss success.

Realise that there are no "good" or "bad" foods. It's all about balance and moderation.

One indulgent meal or snack won't ruin your progress, so don't feel like you need to start over on Monday.

And here's the kicker - cheat days don't actually work.

In fact, research has shown that they can actually lead to binge-eating and a negative relationship with food.

Instead, allow yourself to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation (i.e. fit them in your calories if you are counting) throughout the week.

So, there you have it. The key to successful dieting is balance, moderation, and getting rid of the all or nothing mentality.

Remember, it's not about being perfect - it's about making sustainable changes that you can stick to for the long haul.

Now, let's all go enjoy a slice of pizza guilt-free. Cheers to a balanced and happy life!


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