Dieting for Health and Happiness is about living as healthy of a lifestyle are you can. You control the foods you eat instead of the Foods controlling you.
Perhaps the greatest reason to diet is for your personal health and happiness… Most of us with a weight problem understand the health risks that can result from carrying around excess weight. Sometimes those risks help us reach a turning point. When your chest starts to send you signals or you joints start to ache whenever you do a little exercise, you know it’s time for a change in your eating habits. Those eating habits might be from an addiction to certain foods, or maybe it’s a hidden emotional need. For some of us it is years of learned behavior and conditioning. As a chef, I had access to some of the best foods available in the market, but most of the time I would eat on the run, grabbing what tasted good, but was not necessarily the healthiest choice.
Dieting can become a dangerous lifestyle if your flip-flopping from one diet to the next always trying the latest and greatest “fix” to hit the market. You loose a few pounds; cheat just a little and gain back more that you lost. You switch diets to the newest one and try again. This is called Yo-Yo dieting and is very unhealthy.
The truth is, No diet is going to magically make the pounds disappear and stay gone unless you change your eating habits to reflect the healthier foods needed to control your weight. This does not mean that you must give up all those things your enjoy most to keep the lost weight off. To give these up completely could have a more detrimental effect than a positive affect in a very short time.
What most overweight people need more than any “diet” is to incorporate positive lifestyle changes into their daily life.
These adjustments can be small; every journey starts with one step. A little more physical activity, such as parking you car at the other end of the parking lot when you go to the grocery store, or walking around the block after dinner, could be all it takes to get you on the path to success. Could your significant other lose a couple of pounds, then the two of you could take up dancing, and have a “workout” while having a lot of fun. The idea is to add a little more physical activity while subtracting a little unhealthy eating, without stress.
If you have a small area where you can grow your own vegetables, a small garden can work two ways. First, you get a mini-workout when you prep the soil and plant the veggies. Second, when you harvest the fruits and vegetables, you can treat yourself to a first class taste experience. A home grown tomato, or fresh corn, picked today, has a flavor you can never find in your local grocery.
The main thing to keep in mind is that proper weight is a life long journey. We don’t wake up one morning to find that we have gained too much weight over night, and we can’t expect the pounds to disappear overnight. We need to remember, we are on this journey for ourselves. As we lose the excess weight, we will feel better about ourselves. We will find more energy, and it could very well make our senior years some of the best years of our lives. It would be a shame to reach retirement only to be too ill to enjoy it because we did not take care of ourselves when we had the option to do it.
Instead of looking for the next best diet, think about lifestyle changes. There are some good diet programs available, but they all require life style adjustments along with food intake adjustments. For them to work in the long run, you must make a change in the way you look at food and yourself.
No, you don’t need to give up Ice Cream forever, you can treat yourself to a dessert once in a while, but you will find that a cup of ice Cream is a lot healthier that a quart of Ice Cream and you won’t have that guilty feeling when you finish it. If you really want to feel good and eat the ice cream, park a half mile from the Ice Cream Shop, walk to the store, enjoy the ice cream and walk back to your car. Now, that’s a plan.
If you wish to start a diet, with guidelines and goals, there are some very good plans available, such as Weight Watchers, and Jenny Craig, Nutri systems and others. Review what they offer, pick one that you like and get started. That could very well be the first step to a whole new you.