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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kick diets to the curb!

Ok I am probably going to go off on a rampage here, but here we go. Why do people go on diet after diet?? Obviously if you have been on several diets in your lifetime the DON"T WORK! Every time I see or hear someone say, "I am going on the low carb diet" or "Juice Diet" or "I am cutting out all fat", etc I want to scream!!! Sure you may lose weight in the beginning but You will NOT keep it off. WHY? Because you have't changed anything about your lifestyle. You have not changed your habits. You are seeking a quick fix. When you start one of these diets ask yourself, "can I eat like this forever?" I seriously doubt it. Your body needs carbs- complex carbs such as brown rice, whole grains, etc. These are your energy sources, cut them out and you will be tired and sluggish and quite frankly not a pleasant person to be around because you will be cranky!! Low fat.....you have to learn what are good fats and bad fats. Again your body NEEDS a certain amount of fat everyday. Good fats come from sources such as nuts, lean meats. Stay away from saturated and trans fats. Fat free foods are often replaced with sugars. And speaking of sugars. This is where your enemy lies. Sugar is more dangerous to you than fats. You want to avoid added and high sugars as much as you can. If it has more than 9g of sugar ,don't eat it.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, avoid processed, prepackaged convenient foods. Eat 4-5 small meals a day to keep the metabolism fired up. Kick sugar to the curb. Eat high fiber, whole grains to help keep you full. Have a protein with your carbs. Fill up on fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats such as chicken and fish. Drink lots of water, avoid sodas. EXERCISE- cardio 5-6 days a week for 45 minutes, at least 3 days a week of strength training. Add intervals to your workouts- speed up, slow down.

Don't get bogged down in the newest "diet" craze. Learn to change your habits and your lifestyle for weight loss that will last forever.

Check out Tosca Reno's The Eat Clean Diet. This is not a "diet". It is how you should eat. It pushed 4-5 meals a day, fresh natural foods. Follow a clean eating lifestyle and the weight will fall off.

1 comment:

  1. Right there with ya!

    Even though I started with Weight Watchers, they have a "sub" program to their points program. It is very much the way that Reno teaches to eat. But I find at WW that many still don't want to give up their 100 cal snacks. Granted it is a progression when you get started, but if you aren't getting results with 100 cal snacks and ff foods and cutting down on "white" carbs, then you need to find out what is wrong...and many of them just don't want to give up that stuff. Drives me bananas. Even one of my friends who still counts points just to help her control portions has changed over to more of an Eat Clean way of eating.

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