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So you want to know why you shouldn’t go on a diet!?
I hear all the time, people start a diet, lose weight for a short time, then go back to their normal habits.
What happens once they get back to their normal habits?
They gain all their lost weight back!
It’s a depressing cycle to be on and really ineffective!
Most of my life I have done the same thing. Tried this fad diet and that fad diet, even diet supplements! It would be awesome when I would lose weight, but it wasn’t sustainable!
Slowly all the weight would come back, sometimes even more than before!
It really kills your motivation and self-esteem, let me tell you!
Back in 2017 my husband and I who were both pretty overweight, decided enough was enough.
It was mostly my husband who inspired me to take better care of myself and change my lifestyle. We did it together and that made it that much easier.
1. Diets Are Not Sustainable.
In order to keep the weight off after you lose weight, you need to make it sustainable for the long term. The only way to make a “diet” sustainable, it can’t be a diet. It needs to be a LIFESTYLE.
Diets are temporary, so that means so will your weight-loss. It’s common sense. You start to eat healthily, you feel good, you start to lose weight. After your diet is over, or after you start to miss all the things you gave up, or you just can’t stick with it, your weight comes back and you feel like junk again. We are what we eat right?
You eat poorly, you will feel sickly.
2. Dieting Isn’t Fun. They Suck Actually!
Whoever invented the “diet” was setting us all up for failure. Don’t you want to feel good about what you’re doing? If you start a diet and can’t enjoy any of the things you LOVE, you are robbing yourself of joy.
What’s the point of adding more misery to your life? You end up being more cranky, wishing you can eat what you want.
You snap at your family members and friends.
You maybe stop hanging out with people because you don’t want to tempt yourself to eat something you “shouldn’t” because it will break your diet! That’s bonkers! Why do that to yourself?!? Life is short and there is enough going on to make your life hard, you don’t need to add to it on purpose!!
3. Most Diets Aren’t Healthy.
Over the years we have all seen these fad diets where you omit things that will act as a magical secret to weight-loss. You know the ones I’m talking about. Paleo diet, Keto diet, Atkins diet, Weight watchers, even things like cucumber diet, and whatever diets are out there people are attracted to and try out.
Now don’t get me wrong. These diets can work and can be sustained long term, but you have to fully understand your nutritional needs and make sure you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need through your food.
Capsule vitamins aren’t always absorbed and used within your body as easily as vitamins and minerals sourced directly from raw foods you eat.
Most diets, people end up feeling worse because they can become deficient in something and may not even realize it. It can affect your mood, energy levels, how your body functions, and can even cause inflammation and pain!
And again, adding to it, this also all goes back to depriving yourself of the foods that you have always loved and enjoyed.
There has to be a balance in everything in life and food is just one of those things. You can teach yourself discipline and still be able to enjoy all the things you love and make sure you’re still eating healthy and create a healthy way of eating that lasts a lifetime.
4. You’re Always Hungry.
Now for most this is a big reason why diets don’t work. They have to omit so much, to keep the calories down, you end up always hungry or unsatisfied. There are tricks around this that I will share at the end of this post.
I do believe we need to limit out quantities when it comes to enjoying high calory and high-fat foods, BUT you can still enjoy them and not be starving yourself. There has to be a balance, and there is a right time and a right place for eating like that.
You don’t want to eat like you’re having Thanksgiving dinner every night or eat like a toddler on a rampage in a candy store. You need to set limits and do things to help yourself feel satisfied and still be able to enjoy yourself.
There is a better way! I promise!
Keep reading to find out 😉
5. Bad For Your Self Esteem!
Alright so let’s say you found a diet that worked pretty fast! You lose the weight you wanted but the journey to your weight loss you had to give up so much of what you love. You go to a wedding and gorge on all the delicious hors d’œuvres and gourmet food. You eat two helpings of cake.
The next week you gained some weight and end up falling back into your bad habits of how you used to eat. What do you think happens next? You gain all your weight back.
Sometimes you gain the weight back and then some! Why this may happen is because your body thought it was starving and now turns all those extra calories into stored energy, in other words, FAT!
Gaining more weight than what you started with messes with your self-esteem. It messes with your mental state for sure. Thinking you can’t keep the weight off and you may even think it’s impossible. It’s not your fault. It is a system that just doesn’t work. You have to do something different.
Make drastic changes to your life to make it work for you and fit better into your lifestyle. Here is where I give the keys to the weight-loss path that got me to lose over 75 lbs after having my 2nd baby and kept it off!
5 Tips You Should Do Instead…
You’ll Lose Weight and Keep It Off
There is a better way than torturing yourself.
I’m not saying this is easy but it’s more sustainable and long-lasting.
You have to make the conscious effort to want to make this change. It’s life-changing!
What am I talking about?
Making a lifestyle change. Make drastic changes to your habits and ways of eating and activity levels that help you lose weight and keep it off!
Tips on successfully making a healthy lifestyle change that will help you lose weight, and keep it off!
1. Drink More Water
Most people are always chronically dehydrated and they don’t even realize it. When you drink enough water, your body can run at optimal levels.
First thing in the morning, drink a big glass of water before you eat.
This does a few things:
•Jumpstarts your metabolism and all of your body’s other functions.
•It wakes you up and uplifts your energy levels. You may not even need to drink coffee right away.
•Fills up your stomach so your stomach isn’t completely empty.
2. Increase Dietary Fiber (Indigestible Fiber)
Eating more dietary fiber helps clear out your intestines, reduce the absorption of fats, and it actually fills you up so you eat LESS, and feel fuller. It can actually help you lower your risk of many diseases, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and others.
Check nutrition labels and choose foods with more dietary fiber to feel fuller and eat less!!
3. Eat More Plant-Based Protein
Choose to eat more meals with higher protein levels especially plant-based protein.
I’m not going to try to get you to convince you into becoming a vegetarian or vegan in this post, although I myself believe it was one of the best decisions I’ve done in the last year. I feel so much more energized, need less sleep, and all my body/joint aches and pains have disappeared!
Check out my post about it here: Why Go Vegetarian? – My Beginner Vegetarian Journey.
I lost most of my weight before I became vegetarian but it definitely would have helped if I made that change sooner.
Plant-based proteins are cleaner for your body with less fat that goes along with animal-based protein. It will leave you with faster recovery time after strenuous activity and much more energy!
4. Move More Every Day
Choose Activities That Make You Move More.
Park further away from the store, use the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.
Work outside whenever possible. Do the yard work yourself instead of hiring someone else. Pick up hobbies that encourage you to be active, hike, go for walks, ride a bike.
Make everything part of your routine and do it on purpose.
Play with your kids or your pets. If you don’t have either then do so with your significant other or friends. Play frisbee, volleyball, tennis, basketball, or whatever it is you like doing.
When I say play I mean actively move around and run like you did when you were young. If you don’t like to work out its important to fit activity in where you can in your normal life. It makes it more enjoyable than having to go work out in a gym or something. You will be just living life and having fun!
5. Eat Recommended Serving Sizes
I don’t worry really about measuring out everything but use the recommended sizes as a guide and drink water if you’re feeling like you’re still hungry after a full meal. Sometimes your body sends mixed signals that you can interpret thirsty feelings for hunger. Many people are chronically slightly dehydrated and they don’t even realize it!
Check your lips, are they chapped needing lip balm often? If your skin dry even in the summer months? Pinch your skin and check to see if it snaps back right away or slowly snaps back.
These can be signs you may be dehydrated.
I make a habit of getting a glass of water every time I go into the kitchen, even if I don’t FEEL thirsty. It has helped my skin clear up and gives me more energy without needing the extra coffee!
Give it a try for a week and see how it makes you feel. I promise you won’t regret it. It also helps you eat less and digest your food more efficiently. You can overdo it though so don’t drink so much water you make yourself feel overfull. Listen to your body and drink slow.
Give these lifestyle changes a try for a month and let me know how you feel.
**Remember to discuss any changes with your doctor before you do anything drastic.
I did these simple changes and my life changed forever! I still get to enjoy everything I love and lose weight without working out like crazy! It’s about taking little baby steps and making the right choices EVERY DAY for the rest of your life that will make the biggest difference. This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle! Set yourself up for a happier and healthier life by choosing to live healthier!
Leave a comment and let me know what you think! I lost over 75 lbs doing these simple things and you can too!