Diets suck. You already know that, especially if you’ve ever failed at one. It’s better for your mental well-being and your physical health to shift your focus and change your life instead of your diet.
Full stop. Diets end. You start a diet with the idea that you can stop it once you go through all the steps. Check out any diet plan ever. Go to the bookstore and peek at any of the thousands of weight loss books on offer. How are you going to drink cayenne-flavored lemonade for a week, magically drop weight, and then somehow eat whatever you want? It doesn’t work that way.
Diets revolve around deprivation, too. What happens when someone tells you not to do something? You will always crave what you explicitly cannot have. Tell yourself that you can never have another chicken nugget, and guess what? You’ll wake up sweat-soaked from dreams about them with the faint taste of sweet and sour sauce on your tongue.
You can’t change your habits based on the idea that you can eventually go back to the way things were. That’s why a lifestyle change is a more logical option. Lifestyle changes endure. They last for the long haul. Diets have a beginning and an ending, and they’re set up for failure.
Old Habits Die Hard
A diet is a bandage. What happens when you’re presented with a temptation that you can’t resist? The main issue with diet plans is that they don’t teach you anything. Whatever makes you overeat is still a factor. If you’re an emotional eater before your diet, you’re still one afterward. It’s crucial to examine the behaviors behind your eating habits. Tracking your food, monitoring the vitamins and nutrients you consume, and keeping up with the moods that trigger you to eat are far more helpful, especially in the long-term.
Eating to Live Is More Fulfilling
When you eat to live rather than living to eat, you energize and nourish your body with every bite. This approach also allows you to tailor your eating plan so that it works for your lifestyle and helps you to meet your goals. You might discover that a fat-burning ketogenic diet is the best fit for you. If your goal is to build muscle, then a plan that focuses on lean proteins is the most beneficial.
Because these eating plans depend on whole foods and grains, you aren’t consuming extra preservatives, salt, fat, and sugar. Your satiety will increase, meaning that you’ll feel fuller for longer periods of time, and you won’t suffer from the food coma that occurs when you eat high-fat foods and refined simple carbohydrates. Use a service like Lifesum to track your eating and activity habits, that allows you to monitor what nutrients you’re getting, which ones you need, and when you slip.
Lifestyle changes last forever. Make this the start to a new chapter in your life and a change you can be proud of for years to come.