“A Balanced Approach to Dieting: Dispelling the Myth of Extreme Deprivation”

"Dieting doesn't have to mean deprivation. Instead it can be more about nourishing and taking care of your body with love and compassion." - Tadayoshi Inoue

Dieting is often associated with notions of deprivation and punishment, but what if there was a more loving and compassionate way to approach it? After working with athletes and people for over 30 years on this I can tell you there is a loving way to approach your diet.

A common misconception about dieting is that we must eliminate all our favorite foods or drastically restrict our calorie intake. However, research suggests that extreme deprivation can lead to negative outcomes and may not be sustainable in the long run. Instead of focusing on strict elimination, a balanced and moderate approach is easier and not so overwhelming.

Studies show that creating a calorie deficit through moderate changes in eating habits, combined with regular physical activity, is more effective for sustainable weight loss. This approach allows for the inclusion of a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods, including some of those we enjoy, while managing portion sizes and overall caloric intake.

Example: Instead of depriving ourselves of desserts completely, a loving and compassionate approach would involve enjoying a reasonable portion of our favorite dessert occasionally, while balancing it with healthy food choices in other meals.

Embracing a compassionate mindset towards ourselves and our relationship with food can help us develop a positive and sustainable approach to dieting.

Example: Instead of criticizing ourselves for making less healthy choices, we can practice self-compassion by acknowledging that we are human and that occasional indulgences are a part of life. We can then refocus on making healthier choices in the next meal or snack without dwelling on guilt or shame.

Dieting does not have to be synonymous with deprivation. Embracing a loving and compassionate approach that prioritizes on self-care, understanding, and a balanced eating plan can lead to successful weight management. How you think about your food and yourself makes a difference in your experience with food and deeply influences your outcomes. 

I am love. I am joy. I am good.

Pic: me dieted down before the Masters Nationals 

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.