Give Me my Cake While I Can Eat it

A minute on the lips ≠ lifetime on the hips

Let’s talk a little bit about diets and the things we put into our bodies. With every new month that comes, new articles are written about the latest fad diet that will make it easier to lose the elusive 20 pounds that we all can’t seem to get rid of. Most of these diets work for the short term but are hardly ever sustainable.

Here are a few trendy(and funny) diets for your pleasure:

Alkaline Diets: This diet requires you to cut out meat, dairy, sweets, caffeine, alcohol, artificial and processed foods (WHAT CAN YOU EAT??)

The Blood Type Diet: The Blood Type Diet is based on the notion that the foods you eat react chemically with your blood type. For example, on the diet, those with type O blood are to eat lean meats, vegetables and fruits, and avoid wheat and dairy.

The Werewolf Diet: Also called the lunar diet, this one is simply fasting according to the lunar calendar. Its quick-fix version involves a day of fasting allowing only water and juice during a full or new moon — and supposedly losing up to six pounds in water weight in a single day.

Cookie Diets: Dr Siegal’s Cookie Diet, The Hollywood Cookie Diet and the Smart for Life Cookie Diet all promise that eating cookies will help you drop pounds. Of course, you don’t get to chow down chocolate-chip cookies — you eat about 500 to 600 calories a day from high-protein and high-fibre weight-loss cookies 🍪 🍪 🍪

The Five-Bite Diet: Eat whatever you want — but only five bites of it.

The Sleeping Beauty Diet: If you’re asleep, you’re not eating. Rumoured to have been followed by Elvis Presley, this diet takes that simple fact to the extreme, encouraging people to use sedatives to stay asleep for days on end. 😴

You get the point…..

These diets all exist because of the belief that diets > fitness when it comes to weight loss or a general fear of exercise. We built Striive as the solution to the latter of these two ideas regarding diet and exercise.

But regardless, the first belief should be discussed in more detail. Before you scroll down, think about what you believe is the right answer to the following question.

Q: Which is more important? Diet or Exercise? 🤔

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A: Trick Question. Neither 😱

Wait, don’t roll your eyes. Sorry about that. I couldn’t help it.

In reality, it is both what we do with our bodies and what we put into our bodies that makes the machine run. It is impossible to consider one more than the other. A healthy diet and a consistent gym routine can help you gain the energy you need be sharper longer, but so many times I hear about people giving one side of these two opposite forces more attention. ⚖️

Imagine your friend who has just started going to the gym. Most people will start incrementally going to the gym more as it becomes a bigger part of their routine. Soon that same friend is going to the gym 6 or 7 days a week and is dedicating their time to becoming as physically strong as possible. This friend continues to follow this routine for a few weeks until their body reaches its limit and needs a quick rest, which turns into resentment for exercise. All of a sudden, that same friend is going to the gym one time a week and is back to their old routine.

This anecdote can be mirrored by someone focused on eating as healthy as possible. This person decides to cut sugars, carbs, and all meat from their diet. Until they go on vacation.

Once on vacation, this same friend forgets their diet and indulges in the things that were restricted before. Soon after the same friend will find it easier to justify a late night snack or carbs and will slowly slide back into the same routine.

The 50% Rule

In order to have the most successful routine transformation, it’s important to never feel restrained by the new routine. This means that if you want to take a rest day from the gym or want to eat the piece of cake in the fridge, DO IT!

In moderation, of course! Everything in moderation (even moderation)! 💯

If you want to start to try going vegetarian… cool, do it only on weekends at first
If you want to do CrossFit… Awesome! Start by trying 1 class a week and going to your old gym 3 other times.
If you want to eat a piece of cake… eat a piece of cake! (just not the whole cake)

This might not sound like the most life-changing advice, but it works. It works because it lets you slowly change instead of going cold turkey. It works because you crave the things you are avoiding because you enjoy them (cake) and cutting them out completely is just going to make you crave and think about these cravings more.

So go enjoy the cake in the fridge, but then get the gym (and check in with Striive to make sure you earn rewards for your hard work) 👊