Don't Diet in 2019 - Reason #16: Carry an extra pair of pants because you may occasionally SHART


“I have to carry a spare pair of pants and a laxative at all times…because I never know whether I’ll be pushing or pinching.”

~ actual quote from a client who has yo-yo dieted for years.

So this actually happened to me. I was about 23 and I decided to try the Atkins diet because I wanted to lose 15 pounds. Atkins is an extremely low-carb, high-fat diet. I was eating lots of bacon, cheese, butter, and hot dogs (so healthy, right?). I lost some weight…and also my dignity.

As I was headed out on a date one afternoon, I got into my car and about half-way to our specified meeting location, I had to “break wind” (everyone farts…get over it). Only it wasn’t wind…it was oil. Suffice to say I had to cancel my date and go home immediately. Thankfully I had car seat covers, but my clothes were ruined.

Digestive issues are common among restrictive dieters because these diets often represent a significant departure from normal eating habits. People on low carb diets frequently report constipation, while those on high fiber or very high fat diets may struggle with diarrhea. These restrictive and unnecessarily extreme ways of eating can cause gas, bloating, severe stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhea, and anal leakage. Wonderful!

What you should do instead…

Anti-Diet Wisdom: Commit to making slower changes to your diet and always pay attention to how you feel. There isn’t one single diet that’s good for all people, and what’s good for you is largely based on your current microbiome, hormones, and genetics. Even healthy foods like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale can cause digestive distress if your body isn’t used to them.

If your diet is causing embarrassing problems or digestive discomfort, it’s a sign that this particular diet either doesn’t work for your body and genetic predisposition, or you took it too far too fast. Once again, a more moderate approach to eating and making changes to your diet slowly will yield better results with fewer digestive complications…no spare pants needed.


Blog Author: Kelly Bailey, IIN certified holistic nutrition coach, and NPTI certified personal trainer

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