Sunday, May 4, 2014
Fad dieting, and why it doesn't work
That's the goal, isn't it? Healthy? We want strong muscles, lean fatty areas, energy to keep up with our kids or animals, and a strong heart for a long and healthy life. Just losing that pesky 5lb around your butt/hips/belly/whatever? That's incidental, and really honestly will come if you change your view on dieting, stop starving yourselves, giving up, and going right back to crap food again. People who diet this way seem to just get bigger and less healthy over time. Depriving your body of necessary nutrients is not the way to go.
I just say... If you make the bulk of your diet real food, healthy food, eat what you crave , and you will do well. Not to say if you are craving sugar you should have a candy bar. But sugar craving means your body needs carbs, so give it complex ones. Whole grains. Craving protein? Give your body easy to assimilate proteins, like nuts, seeds, or beans.
In general, eat healthy foods, whole foods. Have lots of fruit and veg, as fresh as possible. Go easy on animal products in general, if not cutting them out, and you will do well. Light cheese, occasional eggs, small meat portions. A deck of cards is about the size of a proper adult meat portion! Sure, you can juice and you'll feel great, because it's lots of fruit and veg. But living on juice forever is not a good plan, of course!
If you eat real food (can read all ingredients, and know exactly what they are/could make it from scratch if you wanted), you have a much harder time going wrong. Balance is the key. I know, it's hard to switch to this kind of eating if you're used to processed foods regularly. It takes work, meal times need to be planned out more... but there are some convenience items that can bridge the gap as you ease into cooking more, and help out when you're on the go, so you don't feel the need to stop for fast food.
On the "fad diet" side of things... This article about fad diets and what is often behind them was really eye-opening. Lots of good stuff here. Well worth the read.
Be well, my friends. Namaste!