Diets are the latest trend in our weight conscious society. With everything from shakes and calories, restrictive plans to pills and celebrity fads, diets aim to make you slimmer, healthier and happier. Yet a ‘Die-It’ as the name suggest, appears to be merely a painful means to an end rather than a sustainable and satisfying solution.
Recent statistics have shown that while Australians spend up to one million dollars per day on dieting products, they are likely to regain one to two thirds of their lost weight within the year, and almost, if not all of the lost weight within five years. The question then remains, why are diets so ineffective? Here are some tips on making a diet more enjoyable and sustainable for you.
1. HAVE A LIFESTYLE OVER A “DIE-IT”
Being on a ‘die-it’ often carries an underlying belief (and often a desperate wish!) that your action is merely short term. This not only results in extreme and often harmful eating habits such as “crash-dieting”, but also ”diet-clock watching” – where an individual develops an unhealthy focus on “letting loose” at the end of the suppressed diet rather than focusing on the ultimate goal of health and wellbeing.
As such, it is common to see people reward themselves with comfort foods once they can justify that the dieting period is over. Such actions can lea to guilt and emotional overeating, causing the individual to ‘rebound’ or ‘relapse’ in an extreme way, and put on more weight than when they first started the diet.
On the other hand, by embracing your new nutritional plan as a lifestyle change, you are consciously accepting the positive change in your eating habits to be a long-term action that will be part of everyday living. This paradigm shift is not only effective in eliminating the guilt and need to emotionally eat, but also in maintaining focus on overall health and wellbeing in the long run.
2. CHOOSE A NUTRITIONAL PLAN THAT SUPPORTS YOUR INDIVIDUAL OPTIMAL HEALTH
While there are so many diets in the market, not every one will suit you. What can make someone lose fat fast can in fact help you stack on the kilos and vice versa. It is important then to consider and choose a diet that will support your individual body needs. A nutritionist or qualified Biosignature Practitioner would be able to assist you. When you’re on a nutrition plan that supports optimal health, you will find that not only does the fat melt off,
but you feel more energised, sleep better, are able to think more clearly, and also naturally start to reject the comfort food you were previously on.
3. INTRODUCE ONLY ONE CHANGE AT THE TIME AND DO NOT MOVE ON TO THE NEXT UNTIL YOU HAVE MADE THAT CHANGE
Small and steady changes are easy to introduce, remember and implement. It is how good habits are formed and built upon. For example, if you normally rush off to work with only a coffee in the morning, then having a small handful of nuts or an egg in the morning can be a great way of introducing breakfast as a habit. Once the action of eating something is cultivated, then you can look at better alternatives for the meal.
FOR EVERY THING TAKEN OUT, SUBSTITUTE IT WITH ANOTHER
A sudden removal of a regular food from your routine can cause a void and lead to cravings and constant thoughts about the removed food. Choosing to substitute the food for a similar but healthier option is a more gradual, but effective way of removing that undesired food habit. For example, if you have a habit of drinking a couple of bottles of beer or a can of sugary soft drink every night, start substituting this with a glass of iced-soda water that will still leave you quenched and refreshed, but in a better state. is text.
5. BE CREATIVE IN YOUR FOOD PREPARATION
Whoever said that healthy food had to be bland, tasteless and dull? One of the biggest problems in sustaining a diet is the lack of taste and variety in the food. This has the effect of deterring people from their new eating regimes. Be creative in introducing spices and herbs to flavor your foods. You’ll be surprised just how good healthy foods can taste!
6. IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU PLAN TO FAIL
Not planning your meals in advance can lead to bad choices in foods especially when you are hungry. When you plan in advance (e.g. stocking up your pantry with nuts rather than chocolates) or prepare healthy ready-to-go meals or snacks beforehand, you not only plan what nutrition you will be consuming but also have less of a tendency to look for other less optimal choices when hunger strikes you.