When you ‘go on a diet’ ask yourself, what will happen when you come off the diet? No doubt you’ll probably revert back to your old ways, become unhealthy, gain weight then decide you need to ‘go on a diet’ again and therefore a rollercoaster starts!
Rather than looking at it as dieting, look at it as changing habits or a change in lifestyle. Healthy is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle so if you want to lose weight, keep it off, be happy and healthy then you need to look at it as a lifestyle change, something that will be sustainable and long term.
If you’re thinking ‘why do I lose weight when I’m on a diet though?’… Basically you’re probably cutting out a lot of foods, restricting your body, choosing lower calorie options, therefore your food intake will be a lot lower. Of course you will lose weight if you cut out foods, thats a no brainer. However people can then go into a starvation mode and can easily have a full day of binging, which turns into guilt or going back to your old eating habits. Restricting your body and cutting out major food groups like carbs is not sustainable and very unhealthy. For example your brain needs carbs to function, if you suddenly go on a carb free diet this is not good for your brain at all, you can lose concentration and lack energy.
The problem is, most people do not want to change habits or look at losing weight as a long term thing. They want a quick fix and they want it now. We live in a world where we can get everything so fast at a click of a button, you can order your food online without moving from your sofa, you can get next day delivery on lots of items, you can get from a to b in a car within minutes, you can have a conversation with someone on the other side of the world with no delay. Our health however and our bodies do not work like that. We can’t click our fingers, we can’t wake up next week and be transformed into a dream body. It doesn’t work like that.
Start small and make new habits, if you go full in with a completely new routine in terms of food and exercise chances are this will be way too overwhelming and you’ll give up and again go back to your old ways. Start with something so simple like breakfast or start adding movement into your routine, whether thats a new exercise class once a week or simply making the effort to get the stairs rather than the escalator. Read my blog post ‘A simple change of habits’ for more about this.
So next time you think to yourself ‘I need to go on a diet’, stop and rephrase it to ‘I need to change some habits and start living a healthier lifestyle’