Originally Posted by jarude
why people recommend deprivation diets a la PSMF to people who don't count fitness as one of their main hobbies is beyond me.
Because when I first met her I thought it was, and thought she could handle transitioning off it. Boy was I wrong.
dont think in terms of "diets," think in terms of changing habits; for people who lift its no biggie since we will do horrible things to get our daily protein and observe macro ratios. for someone who struggles to get to a gym in the first place, facing weeks of only eating protein is like a death sentence. i would tell her to track everything she eats for a week, and then next week eat the same but cut out the most egregious junk food. week after that, replace something shitty with meat and a salad. combine a process like that with hitting the gym more often and i think it will be more sustainable. this might be slow going for someone who wants results NAO but dealing with that is an attitude/expectation shift that needs to happen to anyone who is after fat/weight loss.
my gf is on the same post-holiday wanting-to-cut-down kick and i've been suggesting the above to her so i'll let you know what she thinks of it. ps. women's health is the fucking bane of my existence; her and i have pretty much agreed to disagree about fitness.
Meh I've said all this crap to her but she's in the "I need to go to the gym for five hours a day" mindset that she maintains for like two or three weeks then burns out on and gives up basically. She was doing weight watchers which is a great way to start tracking food but then just stopped tracking unhealthy stuff which defeats the whole purpose then she just gave up.
I'm gonna push her towards more tangible goals and stop focusing on the weight so much. She's really into running so I'm gonna try to talk her into training for a marathon or something. I figure if she does that and just eats healthy the pounds would melt off, and it gives her something tangible to focus on that's months out so it'd keep her disciplined for that long at least.