Have you ever been told to try changing your bad habits and get on the weight loss wagon and try the Atkins Diet!? What about Keto? Have you heard of the Cabbage Soup Diet? Let me guess, friends have told you to cleanse your body and only juice? It’s all a bunch of you know what! Do these diets help you lose weight? Sure, they do, but can you sustain this for long periods of time? Is this a way of living? Is this the healthiest approach to a better long lasting life? The answer is no. Americans live a lifestyle that is based on over indulging. Finding a diet that helps hold you accountable to making healthy choices including: whole foods, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins will help you lose the weight and keep it off. What we miss most of the time is the “lifestyle” approach. We shouldn’t diet, we should just adapt to better habits so that we can become healthy and stay healthy.
In 2019, instead of dieting, try lifestyle changes. Make obtainable goals and don’t deprive yourself. Maybe you overindulge like many of us do, but being more aware of the portions you consume can be a great way to drop some pounds. Or maybe, you don’t make the healthiest choices or balance your plate appropriately. Try making most of your meal consist of fruits and vegetables, with a proper portion of lean protein. If you’re a “snacker,” do you snack around 10 or 11 am because you skipped your breakfast? Incorporate a meal at 8 or 9 am to help you avoid those temptations in the snack closet. Try bringing a list to the grocery store and only buying what is actually on the list. The end caps of the aisles catch our attention typically with foods that aren’t the healthiest choices. AVOID THEM. Even if they are buy one get one free.
The point of this blog is to not get yourself hung up on the details and make a drastic diet change that you can’t hold on to. This is why dieting doesn’t work. We lose 10 pounds, we feel great, and then we go back to our old bad habits. The point is, make lifestyle changes that can be maintained and can help you be successful. Consult your health care provider for more helpful tips or even consult a specialist to hone in on your food diary and gain helpful suggestions and pointers. Getting off track is life, and it happens to all of us, but realizing we are unhappy and doing something about it, is all the push we need especially at the beginning of a brand new year. HAPPY 2019! May it be the healthiest and happiest yet!