It seems that there are new fad diets coming out every other week that seem to work for some and not for others, leaving us in a place where we just hear the word “diet” and cringe. Some of you may see a new diet and actually feel a moment of hope and enthusiasm that “this one might work!” However, the reality is that most diets only work for a small percentage of the population long term. Worse, of the people who actually loose weight on a diet, the majority gain the weight back. These are not good odds! You may ask yourself, “Why can’t I find a diet that works?” Well, just keep reading, and you may find the answer…
Way of Life
The word “diet” is derived from the Latin word “diaeta” meaning “way of living.” What you eat, how you eat and when you eat are all part of your diet…your way of life. If you have a certain way of life and drastically change it, you are likely to create conflict within yourself. This conflict may cause you to abandon the change once you have achieved your goal, or even before. You may feel a sense of relief -- as if you have been in a straight jacket and just released, and then revert back to your old way of life. This is why many diets don’t work for people long term. Once you abandon a diet, symptoms reappear (weight gain, fatigue, behavior issues, headaches, disease, etc…). You are back where you started and looking for another answer.
The truth is, dieting is NOT something you “do occasionally to get a specific result.” Diet is something
you LIVE. The question is not whether you are on or off a “diet” – the real question is, “What type of diet
are you on?” Every day you wake up in the morning and choose what to eat or not eat – that is part of your diet. Diet is simply what you eat on a daily basis. So, again, what type of diet are YOU on? If you feel out of balance or experience symptoms, I guarantee your diet is playing a role in your compromised health.
The most successful way to make dietary changes is to gently introduce healthier foods that will help you feel better on a daily basis. By gently introducing new dietary concepts and implementing fun, tasty
recipes, you can more easily adapt and create a healthier way of living. Diet is not about forbidding foods. Instead, diet is about learning to adopt healthy alternatives that essentially “crowd out” the bad stuff. The process should be fun and exciting, and help you create healthy habits that last a lifetime.