You Probably Shouldn't Diet.
Not because dieting is inherently bad.
Not because there’s anything wrong with wanting to change your body composition.
Not because you can’t handle the challenge.
𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗯𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁, 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘁.
I would argue that MOST people aren’t ready to just dive into this process...as much as our society promotes dieting 24/7 365
Here are some MAIN reasons why you might not be *ready* 👇👇
🚫 if it’s very difficult for you to stick to higher calories (not in a deficit), you will likely have a harddd time being adherent when hunger starts to hit during dieting (yes, hunger is pretty much inevitable)
🚫 you aren’t prioritizing critical elements like sleep, stress coping, eating HEALTHY, water intake, exercise
🚫 you’ve only been NOT been dieting for a short period of time (FYI over-eating on the weekends but restricting during the week doesn’t = “not dieting”, nor does a 4 week reverse diet)
🚫 you need to do a ton of cardio or keep up high activity levels in general to maintain your current weight
🚫 you‘re going through a stressful period of your life, or foresee one in the future (e.g. starting a new job, moving, etc)
🚫 your mindset about dieting sucks (I need a whole post for this one lol)
🚫 you’ve got a messy relationship with food and/or exercise (also could be its own post)
As summer approaches, I really encourage you to keep these things in mind before diving into a deficit
Because if not, you could very likely, at the very least, end up spinning your wheels & wasting time...but at the worst — damage yourself mentally & physiologically ⚠️
This isn’t an exhaustive “probably don’t diet if” list either.
Got something to add? Lemme know ⤵️