When we hear the word “diet”, we quickly tie it with weight loss and ignore the fact that it’s actually a lifestyle. The thing about diets nowadays is that most people think it’s just a temporary plan of what to eat and what not to eat to shed off their excess pounds; they do not carry it on for the rest of their lives and this results in a negative effect on their body afterwards. After all, these “diets” that they refer to usually have a theme like taking out certain foods or eating just a specific type of food. But, do these diets actually work?
Not if you only do it for a period of time. Like stated earlier, it is a lifestyle. You have to carry it on for the rest of your life. For example; you go on a specific type of diet to lose weight in just two weeks. You restrict yourself from eating many types of food and even restrict yourself from eating the normal amount of food that you should eat. Let’s say you got what you want and you finally took off those kilos and went to that party, wearing that sexy dress you just bought. It felt good, right? But then the next day, the party is finished, there is no reason to go on with the diet. You’re free! What do you do? You eat everything. Absolutely everything. Why? Because you have starved yourself for weeks and your body needs to restore everything you took away from it – and more. You eat more than what you used to before you went on that diet. You got fatter after that diet. Sound familiar?
It sounds a bit harsh, right? But, you should remember that you don’t have to go down that road just to keep your weight off. If you’re not confident that you can stick to a certain type of diet for the rest of your life and make it your lifestyle, then don’t bother going into one.
Remember three things: Boredom, plateaus and inconsistent results in your diet, and temptations.
How do you get bored of a diet? Well, it’s simple. You eat the same foods every day and every night. Won’t it make you happy if you just get a bite of that meat for dinner instead on chewing on some leaves again?
Plateaus and inconsistent results in a diet usually put off a lot people. When one sees that the results are not what they want, they get frustrated and thus, rebel from their diet.
Temptations, however, is a whole new level. There’s such an overwhelming amount of food in this world that is so amazingly delicious it makes it hard to stay true to your diet, especially once you factor in the social aspects of food. If you can handle these three things, go ahead, take your diet. But if not, well, just don’t bother.
So, how do you keep your weight off if you don’t want to go on a diet?
To ensure the success of a weight loss scheme, there has to be a detailed plan on how to start. This detailed plan serves as a guide as to where your limits are to make sure that you are taking the right path. Each plan is composed of three elements which together should provide a fulfilling result.
A healthy weight loss plan should first contain all the needed food choices you have to take. You can limit your intake of fatty foods and sweets while maximizing the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you have a certain condition, say heart problems, there is a separate food plan for you as no single food plan can be used by all effectively. In this case you may also need to consult a doctor for this. Remember, you are just making healthier meal plans, not counting calorie intake and such.
The next important elements is exercise. Exercise works largely to trim down the fat stores. It mainly operates to burn the calories which you have ingested for the meals you have taken. Exercise also plays a part in maintain a good form of the body. I would say it is good to eat a lot as long as you get some exercise to burn off the excess intake. Furthermore, muscle activity is considered to be one of the best things for you do as your body ages.
Lastly, a healthy lifestyle to keep the weight off would include drinking lots of water and getting enough sleep. Water helps in digesting the food that you eat and keeps you hydrated. It also adds to the feeling “full” factor and helps to ensure you don’t over-eat. Sleep is just as important as this is the time where your body recharges while giving your stomach a boost in digestion. If you do not sleep, you will feel drained the next day and not achieve anything.
So next time you consider a diet maybe you need to change your thinking and consider a change of lifestyle instead. It might be a little harder to implement at first, but the payoff will be a healthier you well into the future.