Forget the Diet

forget the diet

The majority of diets that are started, are not completed. Most people end up “falling off the wagon” and bounce back to old habits. This is because diets restrict what you can and cannot eat. Sometimes they make you starve, or eliminate your favorite foods completely. Diets are most common at the beginning of the year, during spring, and during summer. Everyone wants to look great in a bathing suit or have a new goal for the new year. Well why not just not diet!

All year, 365 days, just make changes for the better. Obviously during the holidays you will be eating a lot of carbs and butter. It’s no joke, holidays bring unhealthy, yet very tasty food. Just be sure to balance it out. You have a week of really bad foods, well balance it out with 2 weeks of really healthy foods.

That doesn’t mean eliminate all foods except vegetables. Just make healthier choices. If you are out at a restaurant and you have a choice between a burger and a grilled chicken sandwich, choose the grilled chicken. It will still give you a great taste, but will be the healthier choice.

Another great way to balance your food intake is through exercise. Exercise will burn what you eat. It’s as simple as that! Know that the average number of calories burned per mile ran is 100. So think of how much 100 calories is: ½ cup of ice cream, 6 cups of microwave popcorn, Snack size bag of cookies, Snack size bag of crackers, 100 calories is not very much, when you think unhealthy. So just remember that the next time you eat a half a bag of Doritos or have that second slice of cake.

Everything not burned, used in some way, or discarded, will be stored in your body. When grocery shopping, keep in mind that what you buy is what you will eat. The best way to shop is around the perimeter of the store. That is where the healthiest foods are.

So think of the snacks and meals that would be a healthy choice, but still very tasty: Raw veggies dipped in Ranch dressing, Bowl of grapes, Celery sticks with peanut butter, Salted shredded wheat, Yogurt with granola, Edamame, Cottage Cheese and Cantaloupe. Be creative with fresh foods. There are millions of combinations. And remember, if you choose to make healthy choices every day, you will accomplish more than dieting and limiting yourself.

 

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