Hands up who has been on a diet? I am guessing most of you have put yourself on a diet at some point.
Maybe it was to look your best for your wedding,
Or maybe the thought of getting back into your swimsuit after a winter of over indulgence was enough to have you searching the internet for the latest diet craze.
and I know for many mums it’s the yearning for their pre-baby body that motivates them to go on a diet.
The problem is that DIETS DON’T WORK!
Sure you will lose weight but the statistics tell us that the majority of people will put the weight back on plus some!
The biggest problem with diets is they focus on all of the wrong things
They focus on calories
They focus on avoiding certain foods ( many of which are highly nutritious) and
They don’t teach you a balanced approach
Now let me just say that all diets are not bad, I am actually following a 4 week detox as we speak and some diets can help you reign things in so things are in your control a little more ( We have all had those moments of feeling like our diets and health is out of control and we don’t know where to start!)
But I much prefer to encourage people to follow a long term approach and start eating in a way that is sustainable for the long term. Here’s some diet alternative strategies
Count Nutrition not Calories
Counting and focusing on calories is not a healthy or sustainable approach to food. Focus instead on consuming food that nourishes your body nutritionally. Food is our fuel, it is our friend, not our enemy! Let’s have a look at a nutritionally rich green smoothie, containing fresh fruit, coconut milk, chia seeds and spinach, which contains close to 400 calories. Compare that to a can of diet soft drink that has 0 calories. Which is better? The can of soft drink contains no calories but no nutrition either? The artificial sweeteners (chemicals) will leave us craving sugar leading to unhealthy food choices. The smoothie however will fill us up and satisfy us nutritionally for hours. I know which I would choose!
Focus on getting the good stuff in
Pay attention to the way you feel
Move your body
We are not designed to be sedentary, exercise not only helps us stay in shape but boosts our energy, balances out stress levels, heightens our mood and improves our cardiovascular health. This doesn’t mean you have to go and sweat it out in the gym for hours on end in fact the most important thing is to find something you enjoy. It might be dance, yoga, group fitness classes, running, team sport, swimming, hiking or walking – the options are endless. Schedule the enjoyable activity into your weekly schedule and make it a priority. I don’t have time is a lame excuse! We all have the same amount of hours in the day and we can all find 20 minutes in our day to move. Get up earlier, walk in your lunch break at work, swim some laps while your kids are at swimming lessons, walk around the oval while your kids are at footy practice, walk to school drop off. You can always find time so don’t use that as an excuse.
Learn to love yourself – quirks, curves and all
Choose your language carefully
If you want to ditch dieting for good…
…if you want to be able to easily make healthy food choices that leave you feeling energized, fresh, and light…
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