Like so many women around New Year’s, you’ve probably sworn to yourself to “eat healthier,” “lose weight,” and “take better care of yourself” over the next 12 months. Many of you have probably turned to popular diets circulating the internet to accomplish that, whether it’s the raw diet, Paleo, Mediterranean, vegan, vegetarian, or – well, the list goes on. While there are many great ideas in a lot of those diets, there is always a challenge when starting something new. Here are some tips in making your 2015 health goals a reality using your chosen diet style:
There are fad diets, and then there are ridiculous diet schemes.
Although it’s apparently been around for about a year, I only recently saw this ad for a diet product called Sensa. It appeals to this country’s ‘quick-fix’ mentality where just sprinkling your food with this product will magically help you shed pounds.
How has a condiment suddenly become the fix-all for a weight problem?
While yes, some companies try to sell the idea that spices and flavorings may suffice a person, it’s not going to make up for a poor nutritional diet, and insufficient amount of exercise.
It saddens me that the American populace, especially women, fall victim to these ‘get thin quick’ schemes, and then feel horrible about themselves when these diets don’t work.
Here’s a dirty little secret that no one tells you: Diets don’t work. Period. And no woman is going to look like this girl in the ad by using a diet product. Just sayin’.
Some diets high in protein or designed as diuretics can help you lose pounds, sure, but misleadingly so. It’s water weight, not fat. That’s why one seems to easily “pack on the pounds” right after getting off of the diet. That’s also another reason why watching the numbers on your scale is not the way to lose weight, but rather watching your own waistline. Girls, you know what I’m talking about: How cool do we find it when our pants start to feel loose on us again? The scale is not a dependable tool to assess weight loss due to those constant fluctuations.
Or diets work while women are on them, but one cannot live in a constant state of deprivation forever. Once a woman has lost x amount of pounds and gets off her diet, their normal lifestyle shows up on their waistline again.
A diet is not a reason to lose pounds. It’s a lifestyle. Let’s take a look at the word itself. The primary definition for “diet” is: The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. That’s it. To ‘go on a diet’ simply means to adopt a new eating lifestyle.
But deprivation and looking at “a diet” as something to punish yourself with for being overweight is never the answer to feeling good about yourself and your body.
So to those women out there frustrated with diets and their yo-yo weight issues – don’t just “go on a diet,” but rather find a way to change your current diet/eating lifestyle. A pill or a “sprinkle on” diet is not a healthy alternative. Don’t look for products that tote “weight loss” as its endgame. Look for foods and products that tote health and wellness. That’s the path to recovery.
Hunger is not our enemy. But the foods we eat could be a Trojan horse.
My advice? Get a gym membership. Hire a trainer that will keep you accountable at the gym. Talk to the staff nutritionist. Eat more whole foods (stand-alone foods like fruits and veggies that don’t come in a box or can). It may not happen tomorrow, next week, or even in a month. But dedication to a habit like exercising and buying only the right things for your fridge and cupboards will show up, in both how you look – and how you feel.