There is magic in the method when it comes to your body. When I say you can't cheat your way, I simply mean that in order to sustain a healthy body, you simply must reconfigure your thought process about food entirely. This literally means that you need to take nutrition, put it aside, and relearn what it means to eat in accordance with what your body needs physically......not what you think you need.
Convenience foods, and supplement companies will have you believe that you can use their delicious protein powders, supplemental foods, and macro friendly sweets and treats and find your way to the body that you desire. And you very well may. You may look in the mirror and "finally" see the body that you were craving (pun intended). But the truth of the matter is, your truest cravings come in the form of natural whole foods. It is an undeniable fact. And the truth is that you cannot correct an imbalance in the body by putting packaged and processed foods stuffs into your body and expecting it to work a miracle.
Smoothies are awesome. But what we are putting in our shakes these days are more in line with what we would have for dessert on a holiday. The low carb companies out there are putting lots of unnecessary sweeteners in their products to enhance the flavor and literally make you addicted to the sweetness of the product. This doesn't allow you to break the habit or addiction to the sweets. In fact, if anything, now you are going to want that product more often....."it hits the spot"...... But in reality, your body would much prefer a wholesome freshly cooked meal vs powders that your digestive system doesn't recognize as food. The quality of your mindset determines the quality of your behavior. And if you don't change the behavior behind your goals and intentions, you will not get the ball in the hoop.
Am I saying don't have your smoothies, desserts, and treats. Absolutely not. For those who just need a bump every once in a while and truly want to stick to their program, whether it be calories, macros, or other nutritionally guided diets, absolutely go for it. I love to make a protein ice cream dish once in a while and yes, I use protein powder and stevia and whatever else hits the spot. For me, it's a great alternative without having to put my gut through a roller coaster of dairy based ice cream treats loaded with sugar. But on a bigger scale, what you do every day is truly what matters.
Busy schedules require convenience. If anybody understands the value of things needing to be convenient and accessible, I do. And I want what is best for my clients, family, and friends. The point is that if you are unable to stick to a program and keep your weight, your digestion, your immune system, and your overall health in check, you may want to consider the little things that are keeping you from your goals.
Is it the diet?
Is it the schedule?
Is it mindset behind all of this?
Do you have all the information that you need? Because often times, we will research a subject and only look at one aspect of it. This is where social media and the internet lead us down that dark tunnel. We do not have enough information. And of course, no two people are the same. So you simply must figure what works best for you.
Write down what it is you want for yourself......you may see that the answer resides right in the question itself. But remember, there are no short cuts and there is no cheating.
Best in health