Have the aspiration to become healthy not slim, join me and buck the trend! I know it's coming up to Christmas and dieting goes out the window as excessive consumption moves in, but I am hoping to save you from a new years resolution which ends up in tears a month later!
The problem we have with our culture is that dieting by lowering the calories is pushed down our throats as being the most effective way of losing weight and becoming healthier, and I know from experience that it couldn't be further from the truth.
Most diets drive to push down the calories in each meal that we will be eating, no matter what that meal consists of whether it is confectionary, cake, sugary drinks, low fat processed food, or processed baked goods. They will have us do this each day, or week, and tell us that it really doesn't matter what we eat at each of those meals, but that it's just about the calories we are consuming. Well they aren't wrong in some respects we will lose weight on these diets that cut calories and portion sizes down, and change your daily behaviours. But when they are not bothered about the types of foods we are eating, it drives a vicious cycle within the body to be in continual search for more food to fulfil it's needs. Well let me rephrase that, it drives a continual search for nutrients that the body is still in need of, which is why so many of these low calorie diets drive bingeing because the body's continually asking for more food and in the end you can't say no to your body's requests.
So many diets often push diet processed foods, low calorie meals, low calorie confectionary, diet drinks or meal replacements as being good for us, these foods are far from healthy, and don't do anything but starve our body of the nutrients it needs, and drive ill health. Often full of sugars, or sweeteners to addict the palate in the short term, we wonder why will power alone isn't enough to stop the bingeing cycles that we end up having and feeling guilty over. Don't feel guilty the industry knows we are likely to fail eating these products hence why the dieting industry is worth billions, and so many of us are eating these products outside of when we are dieting! The thing that all these foods have in common that the companies are selling are that they are processed. They say that we can still have our cake and eat it, losing the weight we are desperate to shift, I promise you this may be the case in the short term, but in the long term these foods drive ill health, and more weight gain because your body isn't getting the nutrients it truly needs, and isn't able to function properly on them.
Ignore the media hype around the latest diet that's apparently working by cutting out major food groups, mother nature has a fantastic healthy diet just waiting for you and it's called eating fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, whole grains, oily fish, pulses, beans, nuts, seeds and a small amount of meat. You will be amazed at how quickly just by following a healthy diet you quickly gain the body you have always been after, the energy you had in youth, and the vitality of someone half your age! It doesn't have a points system, or portion control, because when your body has had enough nutrients it says that's enough, it doesn't have a calorie system because your hormones will work to tell your body that you are satisfied. This diet means you don't have to weigh your food, or yourself in the end!