Do Diets Work?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been on a diet. Most of you at one point of your life, whether it be for 2 days or 2 years, have tried out a hyped up diet plan. Am I right? Most likely, it didn’t last. As a former dancer and actress, I have definitely had my experience in dieting. Did I lose weight? Yup. But only temporarily. Did it work? Nope. As soon as I “fell off the wagon” and went back to my normal eating habits, I went through mental turmoil caused from bloating, water weight, and putting pounds back on. These little “experiments,” though they made my stomach flat, left me miserable and usually in tears when I felt like I “failed.” Now’s the time to LISTEN UP – your will power is not sh*t just because you can’t keep starving yourself or avoiding carbs! You’re battling your body’s sheer will to survive when you are on a calorie or nutritional deficit. It will do ANYTHING in it’s power to get you out of a famine. I always tell my clients, if you put the weight back on (or maybe even more, yikes!) it means the diet didn’t work. Weight loss should be long term. Your nutrition and exercise plan should be a lifestyle that works for all of your needs (including a normal, healthy chocolate addiction) and it definitely shouldn’t leave you feeling worse about yourself in the end.

Last week, I got my blood tested. If you follow me on Twitter, you know it didn’t go smoothly haha! However, my results were fantastic! My HDL cholesterol (which is the good cholesterol) was off the charts! You want your HDL to be no lower than 60 and the normal range varies between 60 to 80. Mine was at 114! The physician was stunned asking about how much I exercised and “if {I} ate fish all day.” I eat a lot of fish and work out regularly, but by no means do I live a restrictive lifestyle. I feel really proud about this number. It’s a true testament as to how my eating and exercise patterns are making me healthy from the inside out! There’s no use in looking good if you don’t also feel good on the inside. The way I eat and workout does both.

So, why am I telling you all of this? It is the beginning of the year, but also approaching the end of/ the month. Many of you may be feeling the fatigue and exhaustion from restrictive dieting right now. Maybe you’re even feeling a sense of failure if your weight loss isn’t going as planned. I want you to know I am here for you!

Nutrition Q&A - Do Diets Work?

How am I here for you? I am going to make a Q&A video just for YOU answering all of your weight loss and nutrition concerns! Comment in the box below or email me at if you want to stay anonymous about current weight loss or gain struggles you’re having. Next week, I will create a vlog addressing as many questions as I can to help you find peace, self love, and most of all, long term weight loss!

Can’t wait to hear from all of you! 🙂

Health and happiness,


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Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I’m Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let’s get fit together!

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  2. […] different times. Still nothing. He tried again and then the post from January 25th showed up, “Do Diets Work?” I could hear the confidence in his voice start to subside and I began to panic. He ended up […]

  3. I totally agree with you! I’ve always found dieting hard. Currently, I’m working on a “diet” (don’t like the word) system that focuses on sustainability and “progress over perfection”. Thanks for the article!

    1. I love that! Let me know if you have any questions along the way 🙂

  4. Thanks for this! Definitely doing operation bikini now

    1. Just dont forget, having a “bikini body” is more than just getting in shape. It’s an attitude! So fake it til you make it, Alice! And don’t go to extremes, please! Xo

  5. It is amazing how confusing and contradictory the information about nutrition is out there in the world. <3 that you're asking for questions & utilizing video

  6. Hi, Emily! What do you think of dieting aids, such as garcinia cambogia? That stuff is trending right now, and a couple of my friends are selling it and pitching it to me. Honestly, I am wary of any diet quick-fixes, but do you have any thoughts on this?

    1. Awesome question Fabiola!!!

  7. I don’t think diets work so much as lifestyle changes do, ya know?

  8. I have been doing greally good about what I eat and its definitely helped 🙂

    1. So glad to hear that Laci! Do you have any specific questions about what else you can do to continue results?

  9. I hate the word diet, I prefer moderation 🙂

  10. I know myself well enough to have never tried a restricting diet because if you tell me no I just want something more. It’s also not sustainable for me so I have found the most success with macros and finding a balance. Woohoo on the HDL.

  11. Nice work on your HDL!! I try to eat lots of nuts, avocado etc to keep my number healthy! I’ve been trying to eat better this year, but I need to be better with getting my greens. In this cold weather, salads just don’t sound good

    1. Aw thank you so much Angie! How’s your nutrition looking now?

  12. I think the word diet isn’t a great word. Healthy eating shouldn’t be considered a diet!

    1. I definitely get what you’re saying! We all have a diet, in terms of the definition of the word. This would be speaking in terms of restrictive dieting or fad diets. 🙂

  13. i agree, fad diets don’t work. a healthy diet of protein and vegetables do. this is what i stick with along with exercise.

    1. That’s awesome you’ve found what works for you! I hope you’re getting in some healthy fats and some carbs too!

  14. Diets definitely never work. Making small changes to your lifestyle are far more effective! I don’t think it’s possible to just completely flip your life and have success… small changes are where it’s at!

    1. On board with that fo sho!

  15. As someone who has lost 90 pounds and kept it off, I know diets don’t work. It has to be a lifestyle, something you can commit to everyday. It isn’t easy but it is worth it! Great post! I so want others to know that diets just don’t work!

    1. I’m so happy to hear about someone else’s success with weight loss the healthy way! 🙂 keep it up girl!

  16. I agree diets don’t work lifestyle changes do and to be honest I need to get back on it. I have a hereditary problem where my body doesn’t produce the amount of good cholesterol it should so I have to take supplements for it but at least my bad cholesterol is at a good range. I really have been trying to be better but my will power is b.s. as you said and I think it’s because I am so run down right now…trying to work on it. Getting back to balance, which is normally my strong suit but being sick the first 3 weeks of the year put a damper on that.
    Thanks for sharing can’t wait for the Q&A

    1. I believe in you Dia and I’m here for you if you need any support! Just start with baby steps. It’s hard to commit to change when you’re stressed but taking care of yourself will help you be able to manage stress that much better!

  17. I have two more questions for you… You’re going to get sick of me. 🙂
    1. Do you think it’s better to have protein or carbs (or both) before you work out?
    2. I used to run a lot, but had to stop. (Bone spur in my heel)… What kind of cardio do you recommend? I get BORED with the treadmill and elliptical…

    Thank you!!!

    1. Will definitely address these in the video Julia! 🙂

  18. Diets don’t work for me because all I can think of is what I “can’t” eat!

    1. I feel ya!! I tell myself and my clients – every time you sit down to eat you have a choice! You’re never constricted to what you can or can’t eat! Instead, decide to make a choice based on your goals!

  19. I found that it was never what I was eating (I have to eat a pretty raw and unprocessed diet anyways.) But my lack of movement. I’d love to exercise everyday, but other live commitments prevent that. If only I didn’t need to work full time.

    1. How about setting aside just 20 minutes for a workout?! You’d be surprised how much you can get done

  20. I’ve done one diet. But my Mother did them all the time and they never worked so I kinda just have always hated the idea. I prefer more of a lifestyle change and eat healthier approach.

    1. I’m right there with ya sista 🙂 any nutrition questions?

  21. Hi Emily! I love that pic of you! 🙂 Do you have any suggestions on nighttime eating?? That’s where I really fall apart. My eating habits are great until about 7 pm. Then, it all just goes downhill. 🙁 Any ideas?
    Thank you!!

    1. Haha thank you!! Ooo I can’t wait to answer this for ya!! Xo

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