There are SO many different diets out there!! Let’s see, just to name a few, we have:
Blood Type Diet
Have you attempted (or contemplated) any of these or something similar? I would say 99% of everyone reading this has!! And trust me, that is nothing to be ashamed of. When your daily routine has you stuck in a rut, or you find that something has to change, you naturally seek help. These fad diets each have their own individual promises as part of their “spiel”, and most likely you hear exactly what you are looking for! They sell you on the effectiveness, speed, and how EASY they are to stick to.
I have heard stories about these diets from both sides of the spectrum. Of course we have success stories mixed in, but are they long term? Usually not.
Some of these fad diets guide you to bad health. Being fit isn’t worth damaging your body with harmful products or removing important parts of your daily nutrition. You may want to drop a few pounds, but please do it in a healthy manner! Trust your instinct when it comes to taking mystery supplements, starving yourself by drinking weird fluids ONLY, or by consuming fatty meats all day long. Those are just a few suggestions taken from above diet guidelines. Sound sketchy?I think so! Let’s be real. Drinking a bottle of Hollywood Diet over the weekend, causing you to (insert bad word here) your brains out might get you into that dress because you are completely dehydrated…but wouldn’t you rather not gain all of that water weight back the moment you eat and drink? You might bust a zipper!
OK so what is my suggestion?
NIX THE WORD DIET!!!
The only time you should use the word “diet” is when talking about your diet, as in what you eat, etc. You should never be ON a diet, which is usually someone else’s plan. Maybe it worked for them, but you are an individual. You have your owns needs when it comes to your health, not to mention your likes and dislikes when it comes to food. Not everyone has time to prepare fancy lunches everyday, and some people have a hard time with the food options…what is you don’t like fish? Create your own master plan to live by.
Say it ten times! AGAIN! Getting healthy shouldn’t be about a quick, easy fix. If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. When is comes to health, we don’t strive for temporary. Let’s look at changing for good. Make a lifestyle change!
Start with food journaling.
I will say it once, followed by a million more times. It’s THAT important!! You may think you are aware of what your are doing throughout the day. but writing it down is a different story. Seeing it on paper helps you to really get to know yourself. Some people don’t realize how much they snack during the day. Many people even go a whole day without water! It can even be embarrassing to write down what you just inhaled…but just do it! It’s for your eyes only. The basis of creating your own personal guideline is keeping a log of everything consumed for 2 weeks.(including times, serving sizes, and liquids)
Over the course of two weeks, you may have gone out to eat, tried eating healthy a few days, had wine, and ordered pizza. This is enough time to calculate your habits and get a good sense of the foods you enjoy. You can also see how often you were able to prepare food, or had to find options on the go.
Once you learn your habits, you can start mapping out a realistic plan for yourself. The only way to stick to something is to make it realistic. You can’t expect to all of a sudden have time to make tedious little recipes out of a healthy recipe book 5 times a day if you are normally on the run. If that is the case, start thinking of healthier dining options close by, or find easy to prepare healthy food that you can throw in a tupperware and go!
You may also be able to replace certain foods with a healthier option. Have a sweet tooth? Bake an apple with raisins and cinnamon. Wha-la! Apple pie! Chocoholic? Have some dark chocolate or a sugar free fudge pop. Salt fanatic? Lightly salted popcorn or edamame usually does the trick. Need help? I am FULL of these little suggestions. Let me know if you are stumped on how to change up your routine.
Realizing that you need to make a healthy lifestyle change is one of the first steps to a healthy, happy you. The internet is your best friend, and I can help too! Good luck!