02 Apr Weight Loss Diets
According to the National Eating Disorder Information Center, 95% of people who go on a weight loss diet will regain all the weight (if not more) within 1 to 5 years.
Yet, all around us, in magazines, on TV, on the internet, new diet programs pop up.
The low fat diet, the high protein diet, the 80/20 diet(80% of the time you eat a balanced and healthy diet), the cabbage soup diet, the green tea diet, the low sugar diet…one lady I know even went on a coffee diet. She very excitedly told me that “all you drink is coffee and it works, you lose the weight!”
Well yes…but what happens after the diet, when you go back to your regular eating habits?
I’ve seen so many women struggle with their weight, obsessed with the scale, going from one nutritionist to the other, trying new diets, yo yo dieting, feeling hopeful, then disappointed…and starting all over again.
And that’s precisely the problem; selling “magic” products (pills, tea, ready to eat meals…) or diet programs to people who feel unhappy, desperate, and fragile.
None of these are sustainable.
So what is the long term solution? I think the first step is AWARENESS.
Look at your own eating habits, activity and/or fitness levels, without comparing yourself to others.
*What are your eating habits? The types of food you like/can you do without? Do you binge eat, skip breakfast? Do you need sweets at night? Can’t stop eating chips/chocolate once you start?
-To help you become more aware of your own eating patterns, I suggest you write a food blog or diary, the time you eat, the food you eat and how you feel afterwards. Try to vary as much as you can to give your body all the nutrients it needs. And see what works best for you.
*What’s your activity level? Do you move a lot or spend most of the day sitting at the computer or on the couch? Do you play any sports?
-Being more active will definitely help. Try a new sport or activity. Get a workout buddy to train with you. Set yourself new goals.
*Think long term. Drop the diet mentality. What works best for you? Find your own sustainable, healthy and balanced eating plan. Eat less, exercise more. It seems deceptively easy but that’s the long term solution.
Are you ready? Have fun exploring new possibilities!
“The chief pleasure in eating does not consist in costly seasoning, or exquisite flavor, but in yourself”