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Dieting is overrated.
It’s 2016, and the number of “get-slim-quick” diet plans has hit an all-time high. Whether it’s the Mediterranean, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or the “TLC” Diet, you’re bound to have tried at least one diet regimen if you’ve ever had hopes of shedding some weight here or there.
Outside of dropping a few pounds, people have various reasons for going on a “weight loss plan” or “a new healthy eating program.” Finding cute, catchy names to call your new way of eating may make you feel better about being cruel to your taste buds, but you aren’t fooling anyone (not even yourself). Either way you spin it, you’re actually, in fact, on a diet; which isn’t really the best thing for your body believe it or not.
The topic of dieting downfalls were somewhat of an uncharted territory up until now, so we’ve teamed up with fitness & yoga enthusiast Aly R to share her take on the not-so-sweet effects of planned dieting.
“First of all,” says Aly, “dieting results are super temporary.” Sure, you’ll start to see results a couple weeks into your diet, but what about the following weeks after you’ve hit it and quit it?
Let’s be honest — you never actually stick with your diet for your original, intended duration. But even if you did, the idea that people fail at diets because of a lack of willpower is a myth perpetuated by the diet industry. The real reasons diets never work is because you’re seeking long-term results from a short-term action plan.
So, how do you plan to reach your goal weight in a year if you’re only on a diet for 6 weeks? The minute you reach week 7, you’re bound to fall right back into the slippery slope we all know as re-gaining weight, and the last thing you want is to be counter-productive.
It’s extremely easy to look something up on the Internet, and it’s pretty easy to post something, too. So who’s to say that the diet plan with the most hits on Google isn’t just a heap of baloney made up by some random (and most likely overweight) person in some dark corner of the World Wide Web?
There’s a huge difference between “diet” and “dieting,” and it’s much deeper than the last three letters of the latter. Whether you know it or not, you already have a diet; it probably sucks, but you have one. There’s nothing wrong with watching your diet, as long as you aren’t comparing it to someone else’s. Instead of falling victim to a cookie-cutter solution, figure out what personal changes need to be made and take action!
There are millions of diets out there, but as Aly stated in a phone interview, you should strive to perfect your diet, not find someone else’s and try to use it as a cheat sheet.
Dieting is often considered as a way of cutting corners. Think about it this way: if you continue to switch up your diet by choosing different “dieting” methods, your body won’t ever have the chance to get familiar with your habits. You’ll be much happier when you make your own life choices and see long-term changes as a result.
For those who need a little help tightening the reigns on their eating regin, Aly encourages that the follow a meal-prep system. “Meal prep is very helpful, especially if you work throught the week,” she says. It’s definitely an easy solution if you find yourself eating fast-food all of the time because you don’t have time to make anything healthy.”
Your body goals are YOUR body goals, meaning that following every testament of someone else’s successful dieting story won’t produce the same results. As Aly writes on her blog,
“We know the term “guilt free”, when it comes to food generally means sugar free, fat free or low fat, low carb or maybe even gluten free.
But that’s not what my meals mean at all. All my meals are high carb, I’m in no way afraid of gluten – and I don’t have celiac disease so I have no reason to be – they have natural sugar for sure from all the fruit – so technically everyone should feel guilty for eating anything I consume, right?
So should you be made to feel guilty about what you eat? Honestly, I think it depends. Food is food. It fuels you, it helps you do everything that you need to do, it heals you and grows you and it is the most important part of living, isn’t it? No food = no life.”
Long story short: find something that works for you. You’ll be happier, and so will your body.
To learn more about Aly’s fitness regimen and life as a yoga enthusiast, subscribe to her blog, or follow her on Instagram.
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