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Why I Don’t Like Diets

If you look up the word “diet” in the dictionary you will find two definitions. One as a verb: Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight; and the second as a noun: The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. Unfortunately, most people don’t recognize the latter meaning as easily as the first.
When I speak of “my diet” in a conversation or post, please know that I am referring to it as a noun, or as the food I normally eat on a daily basis.

As soon as you state “I am going on a diet” the brain will automatically remind you of all the foods you are going to have to give up. But then you rationalize to yourself that it will only be for a short period of time – until you lose x amount of pounds. Now you really have a problem. Because you have just given yourself permission to revert back to your old eating habits just as soon as you’ve gotten to your goal weight.

This is one of the reasons why I don’t like diets. You set yourself up for failure. According to the National Weight Control Registry, 2/3 of all people will regain all lost weight, PLUS additional weight as soon as they “go off” their diets.

I’m sure that everyone has, or known someone that has, tried a fad diet. They have been around for ages. Usually they offer quick results in a small amount of time – however the results are also usually for a “small amount” of time because as soon as you start eating regularly again, you usually gain back the weight.

You may remember some of these:

  • Cabbage Soup Diet – cabbage soup for 7 days
  • Banana Diet – you eat 4 meals, but breakfast consists of bananas only
  • 7 Day All You Can Eat Diet – each day you pick 1 or 2 foods and eat all you want of that food only
  • Some others include the Blood Type Diet (really), Carb Restriction, No Fat diets, 3 Day Diet

 

All of these diets restrict calories and deprive the body of much needed nutrients. The best way to “diet” (if you must call it that) is to begin making healthier food choices. You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods, just find better ways to prepare them. For example, I love Chili’s Southwestern Egg Rolls, but good grief, they are a heart attack waiting to happen. So I came home and developed my own recipe – you can find it here.

I have found that if you limit your fast food, pizza, soda and other processed foods and eat more whole foods, and watch your portion sizes, weight is easier to lose and you won’t feel deprived.

Some other helpful tips:

• Read your food labels. If the words “hydrogenated oil” is in the ingredient list, put it back on the shelf. Hydrogenated oil is the source for trans-fats. If the label reads “0 trans-fat” but has hydrogenated oil in the ingredient list – guess what – it has trans-fat. FDA does not require Tran’s fats to be listed if they are .5 or less in amount.

• Eat less processed foods and more whole foods. For example, instead of fruit bars, have a piece of fruit. Instead of boxed mac and cheese, use some whole wheat or brown rice noodles, real cheese and milk and make your own.

• Watch your portions. Get an inexpensive scale to weigh out your food. You will be amazed at what 4 ounces of chicken really looks like. Fill the rest of your plate up with lots of veggies.

So instead of going on another diet, why not choose to make healthier food choices instead? Your body, and your mind, will thankyou for it.


Have you ever tried any fad diets
?

Permanent link to this article: http://www.get-fit-naturally.org/2012/09/why-i-dont-like-diets/

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  1. jenna

    couldnt agree more!!! youre so right! i also love your tips at the end! awesome post! spa love!!

  2. Rina

    I was a yo-yo dieter for 25 years! I remember one bran-oriented diet (‘The Save Your Life Diet’) that required me to drink a sludge like mixture of wheat bran and water before every meal. Does that count as fad?
    Happy to say that at age 40 I gave up fads, and lost 30 pounds through sound eating and exercise. It took me 13 months to lose all that weight, but I have kept it off for 7 years.
    I agree with your philosophy 100%! Stopping by from SITS.

  3. Mimi

    I HATE the word diet. I refuse to use. I’ve had issues with my weight all my life and I do believe diets set you up to fail. Weight Watchers has been the only program that works for me, because it’s something you can do in REAL life! Stopping by from SITS!

    -Mimi

  4. Jessica@sweatismysanity

    What works for me is to focus on healthy foods…things I can eat. As soon as I start obsessing all the foods I’m missing out on, I become so fixated on them that I’ll end up eating them.

  5. Haley

    AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!!! I am defenently going to start following you as it seems like looking around we have a lot in common. Found you on SITS!

  6. Joyness Sparkles

    What a great post! Yes…I did the Slim Fast thing back in the day. I woke up one morning with bruises all over my body and that freaked me out a little bit. I also did diet pills like crazy for years…also did a number on my body. Then one day my mom died and I took a serious look at my health and that of my children and researched food like crazy. We now eat whole foods and no animal products as we do not support CAFO’s and local/grass-fed is out of our budget. I feel VERY proud to have children that get excited when I make garbonzo beans or salad…few moms can say that about their children. 🙂

    ***I am stopping by from the SITS Saturday Sharefest, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  7. Ellie Augustin

    Ah yes those evil fad diets.. I giggle because I can never been able to do them maybe a day if I was lucky. What really had worked for me & actually need to put back what I learned and helped me lose 45 pounds was Weight Watchers. I learned to exercise and love it. Eat correct and healthy things I NEVER had done in my life I must admit for the last couple of mths I’ve forgotten what I’ve learned and plan on getting on track. What I learned diets aren’t going to make you lose weight it’s chancing your lifestyle that works. Thanks for sharing visiting from SITS.

  8. Forgetful Mom

    To me dieting is eating healthier and exercising, I still eat what I want but a healthier amount. Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest. 🙂

  9. Tamara

    I sure remember the Grapefruit Diet! All the rage in the mid-eighties (way back when I was still in school!). I tried it for awhile, but hated grapefruit and would get spacey due to low blood sugars.
    I no longer ‘diet’, but like you, refer to what I eat on a daily basis as ‘my diet’!

  10. Diane Fit to the Finishd

    Oh yes – when I was 300 pounds I tried them all. And none of them worked!

    The grapefruit diet was horrible, but the cottage cheese diet I tried might have been worse. What worked for me was doing my own thing by eating well and exercising regularly!

  11. Brittany

    No no no no NOOO I hate diets!! NO NO NO! I am a big believer of healthy foods and exercise..OLD fashioned success!

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