I have heard it time and time again, “I don’t have time to diet.” I smile a little every time somebody comes up with this excuse. What does that even mean? What do you mean you don’t have time to diet? People are afraid of dieting because they feel like their whole lives are going to change and they won’t be able to do anything fun anymore. They [falsely] realize they can never go out to eat, they won’t ever be able to eat a chocolate bar and all they will ever be able to eat is nuts and twigs. If this is your diet, then you are dieting wrong!
In very rare cases the individual will need to go on an emergency diet where they have gotten so big that they may have extreme health issues (even as extreme as death) if they don’t lose weight NOW! This is the type of diet and exercise program you might see on shows like, “Biggest Loser.” I am here to tell you that not only is this not healthy for the everyday Joe, but it is also not sustainable. Besides, their only duty on the show is to eat well and to exercise - how is that relatable?
Too many people want to lose weight immediately and so they go on a crazy hard diet where they don’t eat. I remember watching a friend of mine eating
dry Tuna and dry Salad for every single one of her meals and they expressed to me they were going to look hot in no time. The only thing I could think was, “you are not going to keep this diet up!” It’s okay if you need to eat like this to lose weight, but you have to understand that you are not going to be able to do this for the rest of your life. Therefore, a good diet should be done that can be done daily and forever on. You can't cut carbs for the rest of your life (at least if you want a little fun) so controlling your habits and portions now is a much more reasonable goal.
At the end of it all, aren't you eating to become healthier? If you're limiting yourself and feel stressed about a diet, how is that healthy? You get my point...
When I was in college I let myself get to 180 lbs. I wanted to be around 130 lbs, so I knew something had to change. I had been on diets before and none of them worked like they had promised and marketed. Sure, I lost weight, but I deprived myself of EVERYTHING and I was afraid to even have fun. One time I said "no" to a date because I was terrified of him taking me to a restaurant that didn't fit my diet. I realized that something had to change. I wanted to find a diet that wasn’t actually a diet, but was a lifestyle.
So, I decided to throw out the diet cookbooks, I threw out the calorie counting books, I burned the food diaries. I was no longer going to track what I ate and I refused to be obsessive about my calories. Learning how to count calories and the process of tracking my food is something I do appreciate learning. I realized how bad certain foods were for me in a sense of high calories and low energy output. However, I was done worrying about how many points I was eating (i.e. Weight Watchers) or how many calories I was consuming.
I started doing a flexible diet. I ate as healthy as I could, but if I wanted to eat a candy bar, I would! Now I could get what I wanted when out with friends and family! I started eating less portions and I started choosing better snacks. I stopped emotional eating and I managed to lose 50 lbs and keep it off. It was important for me to know I could treat myself every once in awhile. I also worked out every day. I didn't have access to a personal trainer near me like the awesome ones at Full Scale Fitness in Akron, but I did find a work out that worked for me and I stuck to it! Every day for at least an hour!
We have all seen way too many people go on a diet and quit soon thereafter. They indulge on something, realize they can't be on the diet and so then they give up and quit! We are all humans and it is okay to "mess up" and move on. Not only is okay to "mess up" on your diet, it is encouraged every once in awhile.
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