To Diet, or Not to Diet?

Diets Don’t Work. Period.

How many times have you started a diet on a Monday just to be done by Wednesday, ready to start again next week. Diets create unrealistic goals focused around fast weight loss in a short time period.

What happens when that diet is over?

A diet can definitely help you get some weight off really fast in the beginning, especially if you are restricting calories to do it. But over time, you will find yourself craving the things you restrict, and as soon as you start eating the foods you’ve been restricting, you’ll gain the weight back so fast. That binge after dieting that you experience could make you even heavier than you were in the beginning. It’s healthier to have a stable weight, than to have your weight go up and down. The goal should be slow and steady weight loss using techniques that involve small changes to make the goals obtainable. Obtainable goals allow for motivation as you achieve and succeed. An example of an achievable goal that I have right now is to be consistent with my physical activity. My goal is to spend 30 minutes to an hour, 6 days per week doing both cardio and weight training. This is a goal that I get to achieve, and be satisfied with my results, on a weekly basis. This gives me motivation to keep moving forward.They say it takes 21 days to create a habit, something I have seen to be true again and again. Work with a dietitian to see what multiple small-scale achievable goals will help you get where you want to get. Slow and steady wins the race!

Problem 1: Restrictions

Diets are all about restrictions. Whether it’s calories, carbs, fat, or dessert, restricting food is not the answer. What happens when you can’t resist the temptation anymore? You become obsessed with all things food. Want to know what that leads to?

Binge eating!!!! (NOT GOOD)

Here’s the deal: food is fuel. We need food to give us energy and keep our body working properly. When you restrict calories, your metabolism slows down, and when your metabolism slows down, you hold onto fat. Essentially, you are in survival mode.

By working with a dietitian, you can learn appropriate portion sizes, and if you’re a numbers person, you can learn the appropriate amount of calories your body needs. But working with a dietitian does not mean restricting calories, or anything.

It means learning how to fit healthy living into your current lifestyle to make it a long-term adjustment that allows you to feel healthy, look healthy, be healthy, and live your life the way you want to.

Problem 2: Life Gets In The Way

Diets make you miss out on social situations because you don’t want to mess up the diet you’re following. How long can you do that for? If you find yourself missing out because you’re afraid of temptations, then let me help you. Food isn’t bad. An excessive amount of food is bad, but food in general is not bad.

No matter what it is, you just have to learn how to eat an appropriate portion. That goes for literally anything you eat. Kale is good for you, but in moderation. Too much Kale can cause negative implications because of the high amount of Vitamin K in it. Avocados are good for you, but too much avocado provides excessive amounts of fat. Do you see what I mean? It doesn’t matter what the food is, it matters what the portion is. Don’t let food keep you from joining in on the fun of a party. Learn how to portion control. Portion control is key to a healthy life.

The Difference in Dietitian Plus

Here’s an example of how I fit healthy eating into my life. On Super Bowl Sunday I knew there was going to be a lot of tempting delicious snacks to indulge in. I didn’t want to eat so much that I felt terrible. So I grabbed a plate, filled it with salad, and added some chicken wings on the side. As I picked the meat off the wings, I ate the meat with salad, essentially creating my own chicken salad. When I was finished eating, I was so full that I didn’t even want to eat a lot of the other snacks that were there, and I didn’t feel like I missed out because I got the eat chicken wings, which are a must-have on Super Bowl Sunday!

What I’m trying to say is that you don’t need any special diet to lose weight or be healthy. You just need the right tools and education to know how food impacts your body. Trust in the dietitians at Dietitian Plus. We can help you get on the right path to a healthy future. All it takes is the courage to reach out to us. We can take it from there ☺

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