There are 45 million Americans who diet every year, and every one of them is making the same mistake. Want to learn about diet efficiency? Want to learn the proper way to diet? This may be news to you, but…
Diets Just Don’t Work
The main reason diets don’t work is that many of us can’t make them stick. It is better to “eat healthy” than to “diet”. What’s the difference? A diet implies that soon you won’t be dieting anymore. Eating healthily means changing the way you eat. Permanently.
The chances of keeping the weight off after dieting are slim-to-nil, and getting down to a slim-to-nil appearance is neither happy nor healthy. When you gain the weight back you’ll blame yourself. When you gain the weight back you’ll hear people talk about it, and you’ll blame yourself. You’ll start falling back into negative routines.
Shaming Is Wrong
Way back in the day, when books like Why be fat? Rules for Weight-Reduction and the Preservation of Youth and Health were written, words like “chubby” and “plump” were used to describe peoples’ appearance. Now, we opt for more clinical, more appropriate sounding terms like “overweight” or “obese”.
In 1949, a small group of doctors created the National Obesity Society, the first of many health organizations fixed on bringing obesity into the mainstream. They believed that “any level of thinness was healthier than being fat, and the thinner a person was, the healthier she or he was.” This is just plain wrong.
Permanently changing your outlook is the way to go. You’ve got to have a positive outlook on food, exercise, your body, and life in general. You’ll quickly notice improved blood pressure, breathing, stamina, and strength, both in body and mind.
Pills Are Not Safe
We know that putting chemicals into our bodies has more outcomes than we can’t see. Our livers get overworked. Our brains get fried. And, if they are diet pills, our bodies get used to losing weight in an unnatural way. This weight loss actually has negative effects on our overall health.
A diet isn’t needed; a change is. When only three percent of dieters can actually keep the weight off, it is clear that diets just don’t work. Diets often play games with our minds as well. To look healthy, we must be healthy, from the brain down.
Debra Sapp-Yarwood, a fiftysomething from Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the select few who have lost a chunk of weight and kept it off. She managed to lose 55 pounds and has kept it off for 11 years now. She maintains her new weight with a diet and exercise routine, and often deals with “intrusive thoughts and food preoccupations.”
“Maintaining weight loss is not a lifestyle,” she says. “It’s a job.”
We don’t have time for another job. Many of us don’t have the patience and self-control for diets. And they don’t work. To keep weight off, you must first change your mindset.
Live a healthy, happy, holistic life. Eat well, exercise, and continue to better yourself at every chance you get. Don’t fall into a negative shame-spiral. Find a diet you like, one you can adhere to. If possible find something that isn’t too strict.
The best way to stay happy is to stay happy. If that means losing weight, figure out the best routine of healthy eating and exercise that works for you. So you can work longer and happier doing the things that matter.