Based on your responses, your "Eating Type" is Freedom Based. Keep reading to get to know more about your dieting type and what approach to nutrition may be most beneficial for you.
Freedom Based Eaters do better with guidelines rather than hard and fast rules. Once you paint the picture, they have the ability to adapt to the situation at hand and still stay on track. Less prescription, more description.
You might tell a rules based eater; "I want you to eat 3 meals a day, with 30 grams of protein at each meal". The rules based eater will get out the scale and make sure they are as close to that as possible.
A freedom based eater, on the other hand, does just fine with ranges and/or visual cues. For a freedom based eater I might say; "Eat 3 to 4 meals a day, depending on what works for you, and get around 20 to 30 grams of protein every time you eat. A good way to know measure your protein is using the palm method".
The cool thing? I'll get the same outcome either way, and in a way that works with that clients strengths.
Freedom Based Eaters Need Flexibility
Freedom Based Eaters chafe at the thought of consistently keeping a food journal and counting calories. It's not that they don't care, but structure makes them feel trapped, and they subconsciously self-sabotage because of it.
Want guidelines but not too much structure. Being told what to eat and when is going to make you do the opposite.
Appreciate menu variety and trying new things. You are always looking for new recipes.
Want results, but aren't going to weigh and measure your food every time you sit down to eat.
Want to know the principles and concepts, without being bogged down in the details.
Freedom based eating works best when also working on building healthy habits
The Freedom Based approach is excellent when:
Cautions about "Freedom Based Eating"
Freedom Based doesn't mean a "Free-For-All". It doesn't mean you can eat what you want, when you want, without consequences. There are still principles of healthy nutrition habits that need to be applied. The danger for Freedom Based Eaters is they can walk away from those principles gradually and not even notice they are back where they started. Habit formation takes time, patience and consistency.
Based on your "dieting type", this is what you need to do to get started in the right direction.
There is a lot of nutrition advice flying around "out there". Everybody and their brother seems to have an opinion on the "best diet" to lose weight and body fat.
Here's the secret. There is no "one-size-fits-all" nutrition plan. (That's ok, because even if there was most of us wouldn't follow it anyway). The reality is that most effective "diets", "nutrition plans", "healthy eating", whatever you want to call them, follow the same principles.
Zone, Atkins, Sears, Paleo, Keto - all more similar than you might think.
So if we recognize that most well constructed eating plans (diets) are pretty similar, why don't they "work"?
The fact is that most of them will work, at least for a while, if we actually were following the plan. And that's the problem; most of us just can't figure out how to integrate into our busy lives what we know to do, over the long term.
And that's where building Good Habits makes all the difference.
I know Freedom Based Eaters don't like the term, but the principles of a healthy diet I mentioned above? They really are a form of "rules". You can't just totally disregard them and hope to make progress.
And most clients find it very helpful to establish some structure, at least for awhile, in order to achieve some initial success while at the same time building the long term habits that are going to help achieve lasting success. It could be as simple as just listing out all the foods you ate over the course of the day for a week or two. You will probably be surprised what sneaks on there that we all know isn't helping. That may be all the nudge a Freedom Based Eater needs to get started.
And building habits? I am going to give you my #1 tip for building healthy nutrition habits, right up front:
Work on one habit at a time, and practice it until you can do it, most of the time. It's "crawl before you stand before you walk before you run" in action. You can't do the next one until you master the one before it, or you just fall on your face.
Work the habit until the habit works!
I hope you enjoyed finding out what kind of eater you are. And usually while we tend to be more one way than the other, sometimes being rules based or freedom based goes right out the window, like in social settings, or when we are under stress. If you are like me, you fall right back into what you usually do in those situations, you fall back on your habits.
If there is any secret to losing body fat and keeping it off for life, I am convinced it has everything to do with putting the right healthy habits into place, for each of us as an individual. What works for me may not work for you, and vice-versa. That's where I can help you figure things out, if and when you need it.
In the meantime check out some of my favorite articles below. and as always, I'd love to hear from you.
To Your Best Health,
P.S. Want to find out the characteristics of a "rules based" eater? Click Here
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