I teach my clients that by deciding what types of food they want to eat, and putting those foods on their daily food plans, that they are giving themselves the right to choose, (taking it back from the diet industry) which will empower them to learn how to trust themselves and their bodies again.
A food protocol is just a list of foods you have decided will work for your body and your weightloss goals. A persons personal food choices are their own decisions on what they will eat in order to not only lose weight but to enjoy life on their own terms.
I have some clients who are working on the feeling of not wanting to be "restricted" as their old diets mandated that they were only allowed to eat certain foods (clean) while other foods needed to be eliminated because they were (bad) foods for their body and were the cause for why they were overweight.
I have some clients who choose a more "restrictive" food protocol because they have learned what foods feel the best in their bodies and the ones that cause them to physically and mentally feel like a bloated fish out of water. (DEAD)
There are a lot of diets out there. And if you've done enough of them, you know that it all starts to become rather confusing and you no longer have the ability to make good choices for yourself, it's as if your power has been shut off. Once we have started to rely on what "others" tell us about how we should live in order to lose weight, we lose our ability to trust the bodies that God has created. We forget that He has given us the ability to tune into our hunger signals. That we can make choices based on what would feel satisfying and enjoyable. And yes, we can learn to tune back in to when we've had enough and stop overeating, which helps our bodies to lose the extra weight.
What diets don't give you is the freedom of choice. You follow their rules, maybe lose a little weight, maybe keep it off for a little while and when the rules become too much or you want to go back to enjoying those "forbidden fruits", you put the weight back on again. Instead of seeing that the diet wasn't sustainable, too restrictive, or just not enjoyable, we tend to blame ourselves for the weight regain and hang our heads in shame telling ourselves that somehow we are broken and incapable of keeping excess weight off of our bodies.
What if I told you that you can learn how to eat in a way that is enjoyable to you and also allows you to lose weight? It's like resetting the dial on your younger years when you naturally knew when to eat and when you've had enough.
It seems simple. That's because it is. It feels hard because we've spent too much time away from our God given abilities to eat and feel satiated and too much time focusing on what all those experts were saying. Ignoring our stomach's and not allowing ourself to trust in our ability to eat when hungry and stopping at enough.