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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Diets Really Have No Place in a Healthy Lifestyle

Getting fit has nothing to do with going on a diet. In fact, I came up with an acronym for the 'diet' word and how it affects us:

D: Depressing
I: Illogical
E: Extreme
T: Taxing

How many times have you heard someone say they are on a diet? Diet trends are numerous and marketed ad nauseam. Diets may have a place in clinical scenarios but really not something for us regular people who may be sedentary or active adults wanting to get back in shape.

Sustainable Nutrition

Nutrition does play the largest role in our health and fitness. This doesn't mean restricting your calories using a fad diet as a way to a fitter body. It simply means implementing better eating habits for your goals. And not eating enough can work against you causing your body to hold onto fat stores.

Diets are clinically proven not to be sustainable because most are overly restrictive and remove important macronutrients from daily food intake. We function best eating all macronutrients including lean proteins, healthy fats, and good carbohydrates. Any nutrition plan asking you to eliminate vital nutrients to reach your goals quickly should be a red flag. It may be tempting, but remember if something sounds too good to be true - it is.

Reducing fat and gaining muscle is not about eating less just eating right. Consuming nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, nuts, and seeds will enable you to reach your goals without feeling deprived. It does mean reviewing your current nutrition plan and changing up the food you eat.

Nutritious foods typically contain fewer calories allowing us the freedom to eat more without feeling guilty. When you fill your plates with mostly vegetables and an appropriate portion of lean meat, counting calories can even be removed from the equation. Remember, no one ever got fat eating kale.

Enjoy Your Life

A healthy lifestyle is meant to be enjoyed and not to feel like a burden. Contrarily, diets can cause you to feel deprived and frustrated. Who enjoys drinking diet shakes all day instead of eating real food?

We are meant to cook, eat, and enjoy real food. This is also called eating to live and loving every minute of it.

When you stop looking for quick fixes and forget about fad diets is when you can really be on your way to getting fit and healthy.

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