Does Restricting Food Groups Work?


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Article by Emily Mobley

Photography by Amanda Donaho

I took a poll of my audience the other day around “What do people hate most when it comes to diets”... 

The answers were mostly surrounded around 3 main components of feeling:

  1. Restriction (for ex: no carbs)
  2. Shame (I ate too much)
  3. Exhaustion (diet thoughts consuming their mind)

I can 100% agree with all of these things. 

Dieting is exhausting, it’s hard, and it’s a constant mental rollercoaster. 

You are probably thinking… “Well Emily, you preach about fat loss and body composition change… you are a part of this community”. 

And, I can’t deny that. BUT my goal for my clients is to walk away from these mentalities. 

I want them to look at nutrition as “choices” vs. “restrictions” 

  • Restriction-is an official rule that limits what you can do (majority fad diet companies)
  • Choice- an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with possibilities. 

The thing about restriction vs choices is that WE have control over our choices. 

We have the ability to say “yes” we want this certain thing and “no” we do not want that. 

What we have let diet culture do is take away these “choices” that WE need to be making by trying to live up to their “black” and “white” rules: aka restrictive eating plans.

If you are not happy with where you are at right now whether that be physically or mentally in regards to your body composition, health, and overall wellness, then you need to start learning how to take better control of your choices. 

It truly comes down to that simple choice. You have to make the harder decisions and teach yourself how to do this in order to change. 

Now, when I say the “harder” decisions, I am not talking about “willpower” against food items. I am talking about questioning your current habits: 

  • “What can I start working on to get more consistent with healthier food choice?”
  • “What should I start paying closer attention to since I don’t feel my best?”
  • “What is worth it to me this week when it comes to “fun” foods?”
  • “How can I create more well balanced meals so I feel satisfied and not hungry all the time?”

Essentially this is what I help my clients navigate through to see success. 

The goal for my program is to offer you tools, strategies, tips, and tricks that help you to build healthy habits so it is EXTREMELY easy to make better choices the majority of the time. Because if we are consistent with our choices, then results will be seen! 

The takeaway I want you to get from this blog post is this:… 

Restriction of food = shame and exhaustion

Building healthy habits around your nutrition = better relationship with food and the ability to easily make a better choice majority of the time to make progress. 

If you have any questions about this, don’t hesitate to reach out! You can also check out my “Gray30 Course” HERE.

Talk soon,


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