Why Is It All Or Nothing When It Comes to Wellness?
When it comes to wellness, there are many different approaches which include:
All or Nothing Approach – You eat whatever you want until you reach your weight loss goal. Weight Loss – You lose weight. Dieting – You diet until you achieve your desired body shape. Exercise – You exercise until you achieve your desired body shape. Paleo Diet – You follow a strict paleo diet.
No Fruits & Vegetables – You avoid fruits and vegetables completely. Low Calorie Diet – You restrict calories. LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat) Diet – You consume little to no carbohydrates at all.
The main difference between these three approaches is their emphasis on achieving a specific outcome rather than promoting health and well being. There are many benefits associated with each approach but they have different risks too so it’s up to you what works best for you!
In this article we will explain why it’s all or nothing when it comes to wellness. We’ll also share some of our own experiences in order to give you insight into the mindset behind all-or-nothing eating.
What Is All Or Nothing Eating?
All or nothing approach refers to a type of eating style where you don’t allow yourself any indulgences such as sweets, junk food, alcohol etc. At first glance this may seem like a good idea but in reality it can lead to binging and weight gain. The opposite approach of all or nothing is something called “If it fits your macros” or “flexible dieting” which allows you to eat whatever you want as long as it fits your daily macronutrients. We’ll talk more about that later.
For now, let’s discuss the basics of All or Nothing Eating. There are several different reasons why people begin all or nothing eating, some of the most common being:
Desire for Weight Loss – Those that pursue All or Nothing Eating for weight loss purposes tend to be highly motivated to eat healthy and exercise regularly. The basic idea is that you will either eat very healthily and exercise a lot or you’ll binge eat and gain lots of weight. Needless to say, this way of eating often leads to binging and weight gain. A lot of people assume that if they gain weight, they’ll go on a strict diet and lose the weight again. However, as most people that have been there can tell you, it’s really hard to lose weight once you’ve gained it.
Desire to Eat Healthily – A less common reason for pursuing all or nothing eating is being very conscious of your health and well-being. You might be very fearful of things like cancer and heart disease and want to ensure that you always eat a super healthy diet and get lots of exercise. The main problem with this approach is that it can lead to a lot of anxiety and feelings of guilt when you “slip up” and have something which isn’t as healthy. This way of eating also doesn’t tend to be sustainable over the long term.
Mental Health – A lot of people that are into all or nothing eating have some sort of mental illness. This can vary from severe eating disorders to simply being obsessive compulsive. These people tend to be the most at risk when it comes to this approach as they are following guidelines which aren’t always reliable and can sometimes be seriously detrimental to their health.
Self Discipline – Some people just prefer all or nothing approaches.
They like the feeling of being in control and prefer black and white decisions such as “Should I eat this or not?”
rather than having to constantly weigh up pros and cons. For these types of people, All or Nothing Eating can work well although it will probably be necessary to make some adjustments.
All or nothing eating is a common approach that works for many people. It can even work for those with eating disorders but it’s important to make sure that you don’t rely on an all or nothing approach as you may fall into a pattern of binge eating if you aren’t careful.
How Does All Or Nothing Eating Work?
If you’ve decided that all or nothing eating is the right approach for you, then it’s time to get started! The first step is to decide on your numbers.
If you’re pursuing this method for weight loss purposes, it’s important that you determine your daily calorie intake. There are many calculators online that can help you to work this out based on your height, weight, age, and gender. You should also take into consideration your daily activities such as exercise and arrive at a calorie limit that will ensure that you’re losing around 0.5 to 1 pound (.5 to 1 kg) per week.
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