7 Reasons Not to Diet

1. Lack of Nutrition

Contrary to popular belief, most diets are not healthy and may actually border on malnutrition. Many urge us to do extreme things, forgo our favorite foods or cut major food groups in order to lose weight. Healthy eating requires ALL nutrients (carbs, fats, and protein) and a minimum number of calories in order to maintain health and proper body function.

For 2011: Focus on eating foods that are nutrient rich and that provide you with the balance to keep you feeling satisfied.

2. Unsustainable Behavior

Depriving your body shocks your body into losing weight, but once it gets over that shock, it adapts. How? By slowing down your metabolism, going into unhealthy physical states (such as ketosis), or stopping weight loss. So, even if you have the mental willpower to diet forever, your body doesn’t.

For 2011: Change to a mindset of eating healthy as a lifestyle, not as dieting. This will help you to lose excess pounds and maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime … not just for bikini season.

3. “Yo-Yo”

When you deprive yourself to an extreme, you end up craving to an extreme. One day you’re “extremely good,” the next “extremely bad.” You may have heard this called “yo-yo dieting.”

For 2011: Implement a philosophy of moderation. Enjoying the foods you love and the treats you crave once in a while will help you to crave foods less overall.

4. Life Doesn’t Support Dieting

Diets often require us to change our eating habits in such a way that normal life becomes difficult. Eating out, going over friends’ houses for dinner, special occasions all become “problems.” These things, however, are the very things that make life worth living! Most of us are busy and can’t always shop, cook, and calorie-count the way many diets require.

For 2011: Find ways to fit healthy eating into everyday life so that you can enjoy life and be healthy. Discover which nutritious foods you love that make healthy eating delicious!

5. Lack of Energy

Dramatically reducing your calorie intake can result in reduced energy levels and fatigue. Instead, it is important to understand which foods provide you with quality nutrition.

For 2011: Eat small meals often. This strategy can actually stimulate weight loss, keep you satisfied, and make you feel energetic.

6. Quantity vs. Quality

Dieting doesn’t really teach you how to eat for the long term. You may be counting calories while eating foods that actually make you hungrier or cause you to crave more.

For 2011: Learn what foods are the most satisfying and most nutritious. The more nutritious the food you eat, the less hungry you will be. You’ll make smarter choices and lose weight without focusing on every calorie you ingest.

7. Uni-Dimensional

In order to truly lose weight, you have to eat well and be active. I’m not saying you have to run a marathon, but as we get older, our metabolisms naturally slow down. The more active you are, the more calories you burn and the higher your metabolism will stay.

For 2011: Be active. Even if it means taking stairs instead of the elevator, walking at lunch hour, walking to work instead of taking the train … just move.

Change your life by changing your mentality toward health, nutrition, and wellness. Stop dieting, start eating, and start seeing the results that you want … for the long term!

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