‘How to balance your diet’ is an article series all about achieving balance in your diet, and what that looks (and tastes) like. It’s a common phrase, but what does it mean, and how do you do it? Find out here.

The two worst diet words

The diet industry is a confusing space. Often it’s about inflated hype, grandiose claims, promises that can’t possibly be kept, and “before” and “after” photos that are heavily manipulated.

In this crazy world, words are often used which are not helpful at all. Those words have become almost second-nature now, and some need to be chucked out. There are two words that really make my blood boil, because they are not only unhelpful, but also downright false.

They are ‘NEVER’, and ‘PERFECT’

You hear sentences like “Once you’re on this programme you’ll NEVER crave junk foods again!”, and “Every day will be PERFECT! You’ll eat according to the plan.”

While both of these ideas are very nice, and would be amazingly helpful were they true, they just CAN’T BE, so all they do is make people feel like they have failed when they don’t live up to them. And not living up to the claims of the diet makes you feel like your weight problem is your fault, AND the diet is too difficult for you. That’s a terrible feeling of worthlessness. And no one should ever feel that way.

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So here’s the BALANCED view

You will have cravings of all kinds regularly. You will rarely have a perfect day. You will more than likely eat your favourite chocolate again – you may just need to wait a little longer to have one.

The key to getting a diet, any diet, right in the long-term is to make great progress without getting hung-up on the minutiae. If you can do that, you can keep your weight loss moving in the right direction.


This is how balance can be achieved while living a predominantly healthy- and active lifestyle. You don’t have to be BORING to be on diet!

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