DIETING VS MAKING A LIFESTYLE CHANGE
No two people lose weight the same way, there are an endless amount of factors that come into play, but there is one single method that can, will and does work for everyone: making a lifestyle change.
When individuals feel the desire to look better, feel better, and lose weight, they often turn to go on a “diet” to make those changes happen.
The thing with diets? They’re temporary and teach us nothing about the relationship we actually need to have with food. More simply, they’re unrealistic and set us up for failure.
Get this – according to the NY Times, there was a grapefruit diet in the 1930s where people ate half of a grapefruit at every meal out of the belief that the fruit contained fat-burning enzymes. Basically, people paid no mind to the other foods on their plate. All that mattered was that they were eating the grapefruit and that meant they would start losing weight.
Another historical dieting gem? The cabbage-soup diet of the 1950s. On this plan, people ate cabbage soup every day for a week alongside low-calorie meals in order to induce passing gas and thus lose weight. Silly? Absolutely. Realistic? Not one bit.
Although these diet examples are quite outrageous, they’re rooted in the same mentality as all other diet fads circulating the globe today. There is no focus on actual nutritional knowledge and science, but instead a focus on “ideas” that society claims to work, but in actuality are just simply used as money makers.
A diet can characteristically be defined as the following:
- Weight is generally lost quickly in a set period of time
- Foods are categorized as “good” or “bad”
- Eating habits are often based on environmental cues
- Calorie consumption is greatly restricted
- Progress is dependent on the number on the scale
- Temporary plan with an end date
The weight loss and dieting industry are worth over 66 BILLION dollars, yet more than two-thirds of Americans are still overweight or obese.
Why? Diets make you experience feelings of weakness, extreme hunger, exhaustion, mental stress, and food deprivation and do nothing to teach you about balance, moderation, and nutritional value. In turn, people cave from their diets and turn back to their old, unhealthy habits. If that isn’t proof that something is seriously wrong with our nutritional health culture, then we’re not sure what is.
The solution to the issue is pretty clear cut but it takes effort, commitment, PATIENCE, the drive to improve, and most importantly, knowledge! We must work to change our perspective to think about long-term success over short-term instant gratification. We have to make the decision to change our lifestyle rather than just search for a temporary fix. We need to place our focus on learning about various foods, nutritional value, balance, moderation, and feeling good!
A lifestyle change can characteristically be defined as the following:
- Eating healthy, nutritious, whole foods to nourish your body
- Practicing moderation, not restriction
- Exercising on a regular and consistent basis
- Relying on your body to tell you what you need
- Losing weight at a safe and healthy pace (1-2 pounds per week)
- Measuring progress beyond the number on the scale
When you begin to shift your focus to change your lifestyle, you are choosing to be kinder to both your body and your mind. Is there anything better than that? No way! And as mentioned earlier, this is the best way to guarantee losing weight, gaining strength, and feeling good, AND it can work for everyone! No diet pills and no cabinet full of supplements needed.
Great ways to begin changing your lifestyle:
- Choose water over sugary beverages
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times
- Eat breakfast
- Pack healthy snacks when on the go
- Eat more vegetables
- Watch portion size
- Meal prep for the week ahead
- Get active in some way every day
- Exercise at least three times a week
- Focus on how you feel, not the scale
The BEST way to kick off your lifestyle change? Take action today.
Start with just one thing you’d like to see change and use that as your primary focus and fuel to begin and keep going. Set small goals for yourself with positive rewards in place for when those goals are met. Get a friend involved in making the change too, that way you both can work to hold each other accountable. If looking into the foreseeable future is too overwhelming for you, turn it into a 30-day challenge!
Take change one day, one month, and eventually one year at a time and you’ll be amazed by the results. You want to look better, feel better, live healthier and live happier? Don’t try some fad diet, change your lifestyle.
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