Every time a new diet hits the scene big promises are made.
They claim to help you lose wait in record time while feeling great and being healthy.
When I was younger my mother would try all these different diets to lose a few extra pounds.
I remember when she was a vegetarian as she tried giving up meat for a healthier lifestyle. But she actually missed it and had dreams of poultry. So that didn’t last.
Then there was the Atkins diet.
The very fact that this diet tricks your body into thinking it’s being starved is kind of scary. Not to mention the side effects of bad breath, headaches and possible kidney problems.
It really sounds more risky than healthy but she did lose some weight.
Then when she stopped, she gained it right back.
Being Healthy Isn't a Trend
Diets like these sound good in theory but when you consider the risks, in some cases self-torture, and the lack of nutrients caused by cutting out certain foods it doesn't work in practice.
Sure you might lose a few pounds but what about your health overall?
Is it worth the risk now to be a little thinner to later develop a health condition?
Sure we all have a few extra pounds we could gladly do without. But with all these diet fads it’s hard to know what to choose.
Trying all the new diets might help you lose a few pounds but you'll gain it right back after you switch things up.
So unless you want to be trapped in another boring eating habit you need to find another way.
Oh, and if you’re actually still considering a diet fad don't forget about the negative, likely lasting, effects on your health.
The fact of the matter is you can get the slimmer and healthier by making simple changes to your basic diet.
1. Dive into some H2O
When you're parched grab a glass of water instead of a sugary sports drink or carbonated beverage. These drinks can contain all kinds of chemicals in them.
There's really nothing more natural or pure than classic H2O.
And toss a lemon or lime in it to spice things up.
Fruit and vegetable juices can be a suitable alternative if necessary.
Although, the whole servings of fruits and veggies that each glass says it substitutes should already be consumed in your diet.
You don't have to swear off all other beverages completely. Just make sure the liquid you consume most is water.
If you're not accustom to drinking water add a bit of lemon in it or infuse it with fruits to enhance the taste until you can adapt to it.
I had this issue myself. When I decided to increase my water intake to be healthier, I always drank it ice cold or with lemon because that's how I preferred it.
After a while I got used to it, now I can drink it plain and at room temperature also.
Dinking a full glass of water in the morning and before eating are natural and cost effective way to eliminate toxins and manage your appetite.
Since adding more water to my diet, I feel better and am a little lighter.
Cutting down on sugary drinks helps a lot.
Additionally, you tend to eat more when you’re actually just thirsty, not hungry.
So when you feel like you’re in the mood for an unhealthy treat, drink a glass of water instead, wait a little. That alone just might satisfy you.
2. Less is better
You love that little restaurant on Main St, it has the best food. But you know the calorie intake for each meal must be high because the portions are enormous.
But that’s another reason why you like it. You feel like you’re getting more for your money.
So sometimes when you know you’re going there for dinner, you skip lunch.
What’s the big deal right? You’ll be fine, besides you’re catching up on the food you missed.
You shouldn’t be doing this at all. The bulk of your calories shouldn’t be eaten in one meal.
Calories are supposed to be burned throughout the day as energy. And like this, you won’t have any also your metabolism will plummet.
Anyway, you'll just end up over eating and feeling sick.
You can still enjoy your favorite entre at that restaurant by only eating half or a third of their serving.
Plan little snacks throughout the day, in between meals this will keep you full and satisfied while maintaining your metabolism.
3. Make dessert healthy
Desserts are good every now and then, I mean I love them. Love, love, love them!
If I could I just mainly just eat that. And other stuff here and there just so my stomach wouldn’t get upset.
The sad thing is dessert is always the first thing they tell you to cut out to shed some pounds. But you don't have to cut them out completely.
When you do have a nice snack after dinner make sure it’s the right choice.
If you have a sweet tooth for a brownie or cookie, have some fruit instead.
Some fruits contain natural sugars that can curb your craving and still provide you with necessary nutrients.
Even a fruit tart or some other fruit based dessert is better than sugary cake and icing.
Put down the chips and chocolate. Grab a handful of nuts and granola in its place.
Got a thing for ice cream? Have a fruit smoothie or a frozen yogurt. What the heck, put some fruit on that fro-yo too.
When I have desserts I tend to eat them after lunch or in the early evening, just so I can burn off the calories before bed. But that just me.
4. Pass on the creamy stuff
Creamy dressings, cheeses, mayonnaise and even sour cream can undermine all of your good efforts. These condiments are typically high in fat and calories.
If the thought of having a dry sandwich or a salad without dressing appalls you, simmer simmer.
You can still have them on occasion. Just don't make it a habit.
In fact, it would behoove you to opt for the reduced fat or lighter versions of the same.
Even better you can swap it out completely for something healthier like guacamole. Now that’ll take your sammie to the next level.
Pass on the Fads
You can now stop wasting your time, money and risking your health on the newest diet trend.
Living healthy and lighter is simple and might actually save you a few dollars.
Being healthy and eating right is all a matter of habit. Once you get used to making the right choices it will become natural to you.
Then you can spend your diet money on smaller clothes. Yay!
What do you think?
How do you feel about diet trends?
Do you think that losing weight and/or being healthy means you have to avoid certain foods entirely?