28 Jan To Diet or Not to Diet – That is the Question
To diet or not to diet – that is the question…and my answer is…NO! Always…NO!
Diets don’t work! Healthy eating does.
There seems to be a misconception about what the word “diet” means. When we think of the word, “diet”, today, we typically think of the Flat Belly diet, the South Beach diet, the Atkins diet, etc…But the actual definition of the word “diet” is: the customary food and drink of a culture, a person, or an animal.
I think my mom put it best when she told me the other day, “It’s so confusing! There’s the paleo diet, the Atkins diet, the Weight Watchers diet…how do I know which one is the right one to choose?”
And, as you can probably guess, my answer to her was, “None of those. Just eat healthy.”
Perhaps you may be thinking to yourself – “Now wait a minute, Kimmy. You post Paleo and 21 day fix and whole30 recipes all the time. What do you mean diets don’t work?”
Allow me to clarify: The recipes I post are a WAY of eating. I don’t do JUST paleo or JUST 21 day fix or just Whole30. I make a variety of meals from a variety of different meal plans. I make meals that are balanced and have a lot of vegetables, lean protein (when my husband is around and tofu when he isn’t), fruits and good fats (like bananas and avocados – we eat a lot of those in my house).
Okay, so raise your hand if you have ever been on a diet?
All of you? Yup, I thought so (Me too. I’ve done it before, don’t get me wrong).
Now, raise your hand if you are still on that diet? Only a few of you? Yup, that sounds about right.
Now, raise your hand if you completed your diet program, but gained all the weight back and than some within the next several months? Most of you, right? (To include me, I’m raising my hand)
Diets don’t work! They are NOT sustainable. Healthy eating is!
Did you know that 95% of people who diet for weight loss end up gaining that weight back within 1-5 years? Yikes! All of that work…down the drain. Why not try something that is sustainable, that is good for your body and your self-esteem (because if you can fit into your favorite pair of jeans you know you are feeling good on the inside).
Tons of research has been done on why diets don’t work. I don’t have enough space and you don’t have enough time for me to go into it all BUT I will give you some of the top reasons right now:
- Restrictive diets can lead to a diet-overeat or a diet-binge cycle.
2. Fad diets can be harmful plus they don’t teach you anything about healthy eating which can, and often does, lead to yo-yo dieting.
3. Dieting can lead to eating disorders due to the constant obsession of thinking about food and weighing yourself on the scale. People who diet are 8 times as likely to develop some kind of eating disorder.
4. Dieting can be a form of self-torture! If you are on a restrictive diet and you are not allowed to eat cheese, for example, what are you going to think about all the time? Cheese, of course! If someone tells you that you can’t have something, you are going to want it even more! Have you ever been on a diet and been so hungry that you decide to torture yourself and go on Pinterest and look at the dessert pictures and recipes that you CAN’T have? (Come on. I know you have. I know you have because I’ve done it too!)
So, before you throw your hands up in the air in frustration and say – “Well what am I supposed to do then? I need to lose 10 lbs before my vacation next month” or “I need to lose 20 lbs for my wedding in 3 months.”
It’s okay…take a breath! Just eat well balanced meals (if you need some ideas, check out my recipes!) and exercise 3-5 times per week for at least 30 minutes per day. That’s it! You don’t have to eat lettuce and carrots all day to lose weight! You can eat good, satisfying, nutritious food that feeds your body in a healthy way and helps you to look and feel your best (again if you need ideas, check out my weekly meal posts!)
Why I like healthy eating and exercising AKA why I like leading a healthy lifestyle:
- I feel good on the inside! I have more confidence and energy!
- I am setting a good example for my children. I want them to learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle and the best way to do that is to show them!
- When I feel good and take care of myself, I can take care of everyone else in my life too!
- I have the energy and desire to get on the floor and roll around with my kids!
- I am proud of the fitness goals I have achieved because I have worked hard at it (and am still working at it)
- I take pride in cooking my family healthy, delicious meals because I am taking care of them in the best way I know how
Remember, diets don’t work! Healthy eating does! There are no quick fixes!
If you want something bad enough you have to work hard enough to get it
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