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To Diet Or Not To Diet, That Is The Question

There are people that look in the mirror, grab a body part with excess fat on it and wiggle it, then ask themselves should they go on a diet? As an exercise physiologist/personal trainer and health coach, I’m usually the one they come to, to address their problem. With our microwave type society, most usually want a quick fix and to go on some type of fad diet. I applaud them for wanting to make a change and doing something about it, but they usually go about it wrong, only to lose weight temporarily or not at all. In the end, they end up repeating the whole process over again and again, it just becomes a cycle. There appears to be a lack of understanding of what a diet is and how to make it work.

Let’s start with what a diet is, which is what a person regularly or habitually drinks and eats. Next, you must know the definition of habitually and regularly, which would be defined as a habit, frequent repetition, orderly, fixed pattern, common or not varying.  The preceding is what a diet consists of; with that said, we are all on a diet because whatever you are consuming regularly and habitually is considered our diet despite deviations from it every now and then. If you find yourself regularly deviating from what you believe to be our diet, the constant deviation is part of your diet.

Therefore, it is not really a question of whether to go on a diet but rather what changes are you going to make to your diet? Those changes should be based on your goals and health should be the number one priority. Just because you lose a lot of weight doesn’t mean the diet was healthy. There’s a fair amount of unhealthy people who look healthy, looks are deceiving.

Also, it’s not one size fits all, even when considering the general dietary guidelines put out by the Department of Agriculture and, the Department of Human Health and Services. We all don’t respond the same way to foods especially considering all the processing and/or modifications of our food, our current health status, and genetic make-up. Looking at the present state of our health, the guidelines aren’t enough. Some well qualified medical and nutrition professionals say the guidelines are doing more harm than good but that’s a whole topic in itself.

Next, be honest with yourself in determining whether this change in your diet can be sustained. Going cold turkey when changing your diet doesn’t work for most. Why torture yourself, if you don’t have to? Applying the changes in your diet gradually would be best most likely. You didn’t get unhealthy overnight, so you’re not going to get healthy overnight with an abrupt change in diet. Take baby steps and grow with your diet on all levels.

Talk to your physician, a registered dietician or licensed nutritionist first who has your best interest at heart and not money from companies or sponsors pushing products or agendas. After that, consider getting a health coach such as myself to help you stay motivated, provide accountability, incorporate healthy habits and further educate you in concurrence with your healthcare provider plans. Build a team of people around you to support your health goals. Remember, you are always on a diet, it’s just whether if it’s being conducive to your health or not that really matters.

Be Healthy, Be Balanced, Be You

P.S.

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