As we head in to a new year, you might have set yourself a resolution to change your eating habits and lose a bit of weight.
But too often the diet plans we choose to follow end up being incredibly restrictive and people begin obsessing over the amount of calories they’re eating and the things they ‘can’ and ‘cannot’ have.
This makes for a rather troubling relationship with food and is something Lucy Mountain knows rather a lot about.
The fitness coach has become somewhat of an Instagram star, wracking up hundreds of thousands of followers due to the powerful posts she shares, which are bound to change the way you think about healthy eating.
Lucy’s account highlights how it can be a big mistake to blacklist certain types of food from your diet.
She explains how she herself has been guilty of doing just this in the past and it made her miserable.
“Too bloody often we waste our time worrying about s**t that really, really doesn’t matter – rather than the stuff that could,” she said.
“I spent an obnoxiously large part of my early twenties worrying about all of that stuff. Rather than asking myself if my meals were actually filling me up, I stressed about eating between them.⠀
“Rather than asking myself if I even bloody wanted a salad, I stressed about the amount of calories in it.⠀
“It’s weird isn’t it?”
Another of her posts challenges the way people think about carbs – reminding followers that “carbohydrates are not in fact plotting against you” and that even vegetables like broccoli and peas contain carbs.
Almost 10,000 people liked this photo and praised her for sharing the important message.
One person replied that she had a “super cool attitude to food”.
A second wrote: “Serving the truths we all need to know. THANK YOU.”
“Love this,” added someone else.
Instead of encouraging her followers to follow any specific type of diet plan, Lucy argues that the key to achieving goals, in a safe and sustainable way, is by eating foods which can nourish the body – including those treats that some may deem ‘bad’ for you.
As we entered 2020, she shared some top tips with her followers who were planning to do the whole ‘new year, new me’ thing.
For anyone who may need to hear them now, they included:
1. Carbohydrates aren’t bad.⠀
2. You don’t need to cut anything out your diet you enjoy the taste of.
3. Avoid blindly taking supplements just cus your fave influencer has a discount code.⠀
For more of Lucy’s top tips and advice, follow her on Instagram at @lucymountain