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Stop Dieting And Lose Weight

By on April 23, 2017
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Dieting

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Well, doesn’t that sounds like dieting? So you decide to try this new diet, you lose some weight and things seem to be working just fine but after a few weeks you realize that you are actually gaining weight and you don’t know why.

It is simple: Diets don’t work my friends and eating less doesn’t equal losing weight. I am going to show you why fad diets do not work and why you should be eating plenty and lose weight too. Here are some reasons why:

THE YO-YO DIET EFFECT

What it means exactly? It means that after you are done with the diet, you go back to your old eating habits. It is not surprising that most people who follow fad diets regain all the weight back (Plus more!) within an extended period of time (1 to 5 years). Most of these diets make you so hungry that when you go back to your old foods, you eat like you have never eaten before because you have been practically starving yourself. According to an UCLA Researcher Report:

“You can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back…”We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority. Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.”

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/Dieting-Does-Not-Work-UCLA-Researchers-7832

So unless your purpose is to regain all the weight you are attempting to lose (And gain even more) forget about diets! Start eating wholesome foods and treat your body right. Forget about buying junk foods all the time for just convenience, forget about TV dinners, start buying real vegetables, real foods and start cooking!

You don’t have to be a chef in order to start experimenting in the kitchen and let me tell you, no one is expecting perfection…at least not me.

So sometimes you might eat something unhealthy and your dishes might not be 100% nutritious all the time but I assure you, it will be a 100 times better than a piece of chicken soaked in oil and then dipped into commercial ketchup.

So come on let me see what you are preparing tonight and let me know!  (and send some my way)

UNHEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS

When you start hearing about calories restriction (*gulp*) programs you can be assured that it is unhealthy. The truth is that when you are eating healthy and exercising, you do not have to worry about counting calories because you will lose the weight naturally.

What does it mean to eat healthy? I know this is a controversial topic and everyone has a different opinion on the matter and that’s okay but for me and what worked for my family is a balance diet of lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes. They are fantastic for your body, the fact alone that they can help reduce illnesses and provide you with amazing energy throughout the day means it is something the body needs and approves.

Fad diets on the other hand, can be extremely dangerous because they lack essential nutrients, causing the person to go through periods of dehydration, weakness, fatigue, nausea and mood swings (Because they are hungry!). It can also lead to eating disorders.

IT IS ALL ABOUT MARKETING

 There is a reason fad diets and programs exist: Money, money and more money. They do not care about you or your health, as long as there is an audience willing to try their gimmicks they will continue selling their products. Please do not waste any money on programs that promise you quick weight loss because you will be putting yourself in harm’s way. Your health comes first!

Love yourself, love your body, feed it natural and clean foods that can help rejuvenate everything inside so you can shine like the star you are in the outside!

If you have any issues with weight, the solution does not lie in wasting money on expensive/imported products/programs or counting calories, the solution lies in finding out first why you are overweight, changing your perception/vision about food and your relationship with it and then learning how and what to eat again. Yup, it is a process. A lifestyle change.

We have ONLY one body to live and it is the same body that hopefully will let us reach until we are 100 years old and beyond (at least, that’s my plan). Why poison it with unhealthy foods that will result in shortening our life span or suffer preventable illnesses such as cholesterol and coronary disease? Nope, you are too wonderful to settle for poor health.

BEING SKINNY DOES NOT EQUAL HEALTH

The focus shouldn’t be in losing weight, it should be about being healthy. I know…I know, everyone wants to be slim and fit into that biking for the summer but as I explained before, being skinny/thin doesn’t necessarily equal to being healthy.

I know a few people who are very skinny who suffer heart disease, cholesterol and who are a ticking bomb ready to explode at any minute. When you are healthy and you are eating consistently the right foods (and exercising…don’t be scared of that word!), you will lose the weight normally without dieting. It takes patience and work. Let me tell you there is no quick fix or miracles; it requires a complete lifestyle change in order to have permanent results.

How do you think the big muscular guy keeps his muscles strong and intact all the time? He works out! Every day. He doesn’t reach his desired goal and then goes to the couch, takes the remote control and says…oh yes, I reached my goal, it is time to rest. Nope, if he does that within weeks and months all the big muscles will be gone and he will have to start all over again.

I know, it requires serious discipline and commitment; it is a process and a very individual one. Most of the time, it will take many attempts to change our lifestyle because the body will continue craving all the bad foods we have been eating.

The important thing is to continue trying and not give up no matter how many times we might think we are failing at it. I call it, experience for greater things to come.  It is hard to change because we fight change all the time. However, sometimes those changes bring with themselves so many unexpected benefits that can help us live rather than survive. 

It seems cliché but we do have one life to live and one body to do it all. Let’s make the best out of it y’all.

I am so excited to hear from you now! Because I just know you have some good stories to share. So tell me, do you have any experiences with dieting? How did it turn out?

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Sol Borde
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Hello there! I am a down to earth health-enthusiast living in the Caribbean for many years. I love to share with others my passion for health, wellness and positive thinking. Please check my "About Me" page for more info. Can't wait to meet you! :)