Dieting is a universal theme. I’ve never actually met anyone, male or female, young or old, who has not at some point, watched what they are eating for some reason or another. The definition of dieting has been skewed from it’s origin “diet.” Our diet is the total consumption of what we eat. It would only make sense that we eat a well rounded diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Dieting, the practice of limiting your food intake, is restricting, sometimes restricting the very nutrients that we need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
It seems dieting revolves around this idea of a quick fix. If you need to lose weight quickly, stop eating carbs. Drink ONLY juice, or eat ONLY cabbage soup. Realistically, no one can maintain ingesting solely cabbage, solely meats with high concentrates of fat… The only true way to maintain a healthy weight is to eat wholesome foods, a well rounded diet. A quick fix isn’t a long term solution. Your body goes into starvation mode, clinging to all the fat and calories you DO consume as a defense mechanism. You can’t “trick” your body into dropping excess fat. The only way to drop weight is to eat healthy and exercise.
As a society, we have this mentality of having our cake and eating it to. Everyone has seen a commercial for a new diet program that touts it’s desserts. Have your cake and eat it too. Yes, but it is cake! Acknowledge that you have cravings. Bake a batch of cookies on your own. Use wheat flower instead of white. If you must make it, usually the craving isn’t that bad. Many times people eat out of boredom…it’s much easier to grab that prepackaged bag of goodies, than get up off the couch and make something from scratch!
Dieting trends may sway from eating less fat as it was ten years ago, to now saying carbs should be limited or restricted all together. The reality is, going with the “trend” never usually works in the long run. I think programs like weight watchers, are actually very beneficial. Yes, you can eat what you want, but weight watchers requires you to look at your carb intake, calorie intake, fat intake, protein intake, and fiber intake. They are forcing you to make sound judgments.
Don’t be fooled by the latest drug on your pharmacy shelf. If anything, it will make you shed extra water weight that you will inevitably put back on. Pitch the pricey cellulite cream. Walk to the store and pick out a selection of fresh fruit. Cook at home using whole wheat and skim milk. Make small changes in your life to set you on the right course. Pick a new vegetable to try each week. Don’t give into the latest fad that will bleed your wallet and deplete your self esteem. There are no easy fixes!