Ok, we made it through the holidays and it’s time to follow through with our New Year’s Resolutions. The most common resolution I hear about seems to deal with a Diet. I feel that the word “Diet” is one of those four letter words you would get your mouth washed out with soap for saying. The correct term should be “lifestyle change.” People always go on and off diets, but a lifestyle change is permanent. For the purpose of this article I’ll use that four letter word and hope there’s no soap around. The word “Diet” doesn’t always mean eating less to lose weight—although that’s what we commonly associate it with today. Someone “on a diet” is trying to eat less, or stop eating sweets to fit into a smaller pant size.
There’s so much confusion when it comes to dieting. Atkins, Metabolic, or remember last year, the Drive-Thru diet from Taco Bell? This year there is even a Twinkie diet! I’m not making those last two up! No wonder everyone is confused. When I recommend the Taco Bell or Twinkie Diet you better run because you know the world is coming to an end! Low calorie and fad diets can have serious health implications—insufficient vitamin and nutritional intake, lethargy, slowed metabolism, hormonal effects, and even dehydration. Dieters commonly experience intense feelings of hunger and deprivation, which can lead to “cheating” or bingeing over time.
Improving your normal diet by making gradual, but permanent changes is a healthier way to lose weight than by just restricting calories. Below are a few tips to help you decrease your caloric intake without “dieting” or feeling deprived.
1. Drink more water. Hunger is often mistaken for thirst, so if you find yourself wanting to mindless snack, drink water instead of grabbing the chips. Also try to drink 2 cups of water before a meal and you will feel more satisfied!
2. Familiarize yourself with portion size. We are bombarded with “Portion Distortion!” Read the labels and measure your food until you get an idea of what an actual serving size is.
3. Be prepared! Plan out your meals and always have a healthy snack ready to grab. You don’t want to go too long without eating; not only will you be too hungry to make a good decision, you will inhale your food and eat more than you should.
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Yours in health,