You would be forgiven for believing the easiest way to lose weight is to eat less. And you’re not alone!
There was a time when no-one talked about diets or weight, let alone obesity. Today however, the “D” word is on the tip of almost everyone’s tongue and weight loss is spoken about daily in a variety of forums.
Why is it then, with a wealth of healthful information literally at our fingertips, we’re getting BIGGER not smaller?
Who is to blame for this dilemma? We can point our fingers in any number of directions, but that’s not going to help anyone.
At the end of the day the buck stops with YOU and to help you out, we’ve unwrapped the top 3 diet myths and shared 5 of our very own tried and tested tips, to help you manage your weight for good.
Eat less, weigh less... starving or depriving yourself of food does not make you skinny (not long term anyway). Diets are in essence unhealthy, and whilst momentarily may shed excess pounds, it’s often short term gain. Most of us regain the weight we have lost quicker than we lost it, immediately returning to old, inappropriate habits.
One size fits all... this is possibly the biggest of them all. Trust me, there is definitely no one size fits all diet. It’s time we understand this and embrace our bio-individuality, taking into account genetics, age, gender, ethnicity, constitution and lifestyle composition. Whilst one person may thrive on a macrobiotic or raw food diet, another will suffer.
It’s your metabolism... it’s tempting to blame your weight on a slow metabolism. It's true that our metabolism influences our body’s basic energy needs and is linked to our weight. But a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight, unless you have a related medical concern. You gain weight when you consume more calories than you burn.
Well balanced... eating a variety of wholefoods is essential for good health. Your plate should be well balanced with a serve of protein at each meal and a medley of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Remember, don’t skip breakfast and don’t overeat.
Daily exercise... get moving! Exercise burns calories and releases feel good endorphins. It is essential for healthy mind and body. If you’re just starting out, begin with a 1/2 hour walk each morning and gradually build-up. You will feel amazing!
Write it down... keeping a journal of what you eat and the exercise you do, is a great way to acknowledge your weight loss goals. It somehow makes those unhealthy treats less desirable, and makes you accountable for your health and wellbeing.
What’s feeding you... the food we eat is often secondary to other factors influencing our health. Our relationships, career and spirituality can also affect our health. Evaluating these things and understanding your emotional triggers is another way to regain control of your weight.
Reward yourself... make a list of incentives to choose from when you hit small goals. Rewarding yourself will boost your self-esteem and give you something to look forward to. It may be a massage, movie or a new dress. Whatever you do, DON’T use food as a reward!
Remember no way of eating will work for you all the time. Foods you loved and that loved you for years may no longer agree with you, and what you crave in the winter is completely different to what you crave and need in the summer.
Most importantly, don’t get stuck in dietary dogma, but instead learn to eat intuitively, trusting your body to guide you to the foods and lifestyle that best support you.