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Forget Dieting! 4 Healthy Changes for a Huge Impact

dieting and weight loss

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?

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  • Hi Lea,
    Your Mum’s experience with vegetarianism reminds me of mine. I just craved meat all the time and really loved the Atkins diet.

    You’ll probably have heard of the Blood Type diet? My experience with meat suggests there’s something in that diet, rather than just a fad.

    Nevertheless I do try to eat healthily most of the time. That really is the best bet.

    I know it’s not the best idea, but I find that H2O is more palatable as fizzy water than plain.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    • Lea

      Hi Joy,
      I actually have not heard of the Blood Type diet. I don’t really keep up with the diet trends because I don’t try them. That one sounds very different I must say.
      Yup, it’s all about moderation and the right foods at the end of the day.

  • Stella Chiu

    Hi, Lea

    Put the “diet” word out of meal plans. The word “diet” really gives people pressure to perform or to have result. We should concentrate on eating healthier by consuming more raw food and smaller portions in each meal.

    Drink more water is good idea for weight loss. But I don’t agree with 8 cups of water as most so called experts suggested because a lot of minerals and nutrients will be washed away. I suggest 4 cups of water and the rest is substituted by fresh vegetable/fruit juice and vegetable soups.

    It is also a great idea to cut down the “cheesy” products.

    Thanks for reminder.


    • Lea

      Hi Stella,
      Great point. I always felt like the word diet meant you had to sacrifice something to get to your health/weight goal. Sounding a bit like torture.
      Um, I never thought about the water thing that way. Although there are fruits that have high enough water intake to replace a cup or so.
      Thanks for sharing your insight.

  • Hey Lea,

    This is great advice!

    As a matter of fact, I make it a point to get a bag of almonds every week so that I can at least feel somewhat full throughout the day.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t eat the healthiest, but I believe I eat much healther than I use to some years ago, despite the fact I was working out.

    But I believe eating healthier should be the first goal before doing any type of exercises like yoga, weights, cardio, calisthentics, etc…since this would the bulk of your overall healthy lifestyle.

    Great share Lea! Have a great weekend!

    • Lea

      Hey Sherman,
      Good point. Besides, eating right is part of it. It’s probably not a good idea to just eat whatever and exercise thinking that you’ll just burn it off.
      Enjoy yours as well!

  • Hey Lea,

    Yep. You’re absolutely right about the fads.

    I remember going on the Atkins Diet – 19 years ago.
    I lost 14 pounds (probably of muscle tissue and water) in 3 weeks. They were 3 of the most miserable weeks of my life. I gained the weight back (and more) immediately. I had no energy and I dreaded eating.

    I remember going to the produce store during that time to pick up a smoothie for a fit and slim co-worker. I could smell the fresh fruit (that I couldn’t eat). It made me so depressed because I craved it. Made no sense that I couldn’t consume healthy, nutrient dense foods like that because of this crazy diet, but I was so desperate to lost the weight that I figured I’d do anything.

    There is no quick fix. It all starts in the mind.

    • Lea

      Hey Dana,
      Omg, see when you look at the results it sounds amazing but geez, look what else happens in exchange.
      That sounds something like what my mom went through.
      Wise words Dana, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Hey Lea,

    Great advice. Fad ‘diets’ never work. They only get people to yo-yo….they loose some weight and gain more back.

    I am open to new diets to see if there is anything healthy about it… the latest these days…Paleo. I can learn something and may apply it, but cannot do the entire diet thing.

    Eating well by having organic foods, pass the desert tray and drinking lots of purified water works for me.


    • Lea

      Hey Donna,
      Thanks. Exactly, not to mention what it does to your overall health.
      New diets are interesting in a way, like the one you mentioned, because it makes you look at how you eat. And even though you may not do it, you can make another healthy change.
      I hear ya, but I’m not too sure about passing on the dessert tray lol. I love my sweets, in moderation of course 🙂

  • Hey Lea,

    I have seen many people struggling to lose some weight. It’s a challenging thing. But if people follow the healthy diet then it is possible.

    I like you have presented the importance of H2O. Our body consists near by 70% of water.
    Thanks for this article.

    • Lea

      Hey Ravi,
      It’s absolutely possible, you just have to find what works for you, cover the basics and make sure its healthy. Just any old diet may produce results but may not be good for you in the long run. And that’s what counts, people tend to forget that part.
      Yup, and we need more of it! Thanks for commenting.

  • This is such smart advice Lea! When I was a kid and into my teen years I was an emotional eater, and a real chubby one at that. After graduation I dove into every diet that came around in an effort to shed the pounds, and like many others, my weight fluctuated fairly regularly. When I moved to Hawaii I became involved in the local culture and that led to eating healthier, and I stopped dieting all together and just focused on eating smaller amounts of a variety of healthy foods. And without any stress or strain the weight just came off, so I am a firm believer in the approach to health care you have shared with us. Thanks!

    • Lea

      Thanks Marquita! And for sharing your journey. I too saw more success with reducing my portions and choosing healthy options. I used to eat out of sheer boredom and if something tasted really good I would keep eating long after the hunger feeling faded. I’ve been too light and overweight. I’ve learned it takes the right, conscious choices to maintain a healthy weight.