Let’s begin by defining diet in context. When I talk about diet or dieting I mean dramatically changing your eating habits, reducing calorie intake, and/or restricting a wide variety of foods in order to lose weight. For instance, going from the standard american diet (SAD) to juicing, Atkins, Vegan/Vegetarian, or cleansing. I have done them all and every time I’ve lost 10 pounds in a couple of weeks and gained 15 in a couple of months.
Here’s the problem. If you think “diet” as in, “I’m only going to eat this way for a while until I reach my goal” you are also thinking “this is not how I want to eat.” If this resonates with you and you are trying to lose weight, please please pretty please DITCH THE DIET!
In the last eight months I have lost 52 lb. and I have eaten everything I love to eat that’s not very good for my waistline. I have not taken anything off but instead have added new foods to my life. I still have a turkey and cheese sandwich for breakfast but I choose 100% whole grain breads. I still have pasta al pesto (my favorite) for lunch but I pair it with a salad. I had initially changed my old carb-loaded dinners for cereal and milk but have now switched to an even lower carb load of fruits, nuts, and sometimes cheese. I eat much more varied now and probably much more in general but more importantly, much better.
I also move a lot more. I went from no exercise, to walking at least 40 minutes 3 times/week, to zumba at least 5 times/week, and now I regularly exercise every day (7 days a week) and do a variety of things: yoga, swimming, zumba, and weights. I’m taking my first High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class next week. And my local Y is starting a kettlebell class that I am very much looking forward to.
Diets are temporary, being healthy is for life.
Ditch the Diet!
- Why Diets Don’t Work
- Why Dieting Doesn’t Work
- 5 Reasons most Diets fail within 7 days
- The Futility of Dieting