We all have a diet because we all eat. For better or worse, we all have one. Almost all of us go on a diet, from time to time, too. The problem when we go on one is that we often go off it as well. That is the first thing people get wrong about the big D-word, but that’s not all. Diet doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Here are a few misconceptions I’d like to clear up:
- Diets are short term.
Let’s get straight to the point here. The term “diet” should refer to your overall eating habits rather than “dieting,” something you do and try and stick to for a week, a month or until you lose that weight. We all have a diet, but you don’t have to diet. It is better to improve your actual diet. Got it? Incorporate healthy changes into your existing lifestyle until they eventually become part of your normal life.
The dieting mentality will often lead to yo-yo dieting, which won’t help with lasting weight loss and improvements to your health.
- Starving yourself is a sure fire way to lose weight.
When you restrict your eating too drastically, you will slow your metabolism and probably end up on a donut or burger binge. Instead, learn to listen to your hunger quotient and eat foods with fat and protein that help satisfy you. Learning how to listen to your body is an invaluable tool that can make all the difference with your weight and health.
- You can eat as much fruit as you want.
Our diets should be jam packed with whole, real foods, including fruit. But when you’re looking to lose weight, you do have to consider your fruit intake. Fruit contains fructose, sugar that is quickly digested by the body. Yes, it is also packed with fiber and nutrients making it a much better choice (of course) than sweets, but it doesn’t mean you should think of it as a “free” food. If you’re trying to lose weight, stick to one or two servings of fruit and focus more on veggies as your afternoon snack before snagging another apple. Read more