The Truth About Diets
To many people diet is just another four letter word. Most conjure up a vision of severe restrictions, hangry fits and chronic fatigue. This is an unfortunate hijacking of the word itself. Diet is defined as, the foods we habitually eat. So ultimately some may be on a diet but everyone has a diet. Whether you realize it or not your diet consists of what you regularly eat. So if you’re like most Americans, upwards of 60% of your diet is coming from processed foods of little to no nutritional value and about 1% vegetables, not kidding.
Some try these cookie cutter 21 day fixes or 10 day cleanses. If they do work it’s because for most folks anything they change is an improvement to their current eating habits or they just go into a drastic caloric deficit. Unfortunately these results are typically short lived and unsustainable, usually leaving a person in a worse place than where they started. Others just don’t worry about what they eat for most of the year than go on a cut for a month or two before memorial day to be ready for the beach. Cyclical yo-yo dieting is not good for your long term health or for the body you want.
Even more look at a diet or meal plan and get overwhelmed. Either from having to cut out far more things than they’re given to add in or just not knowing where to start. A good rule of thumb, your diet should not make you miserable. If it does than it’s time to switch it up. Eating healthier should make you feel better, not worse.
The reality is everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another. Only we can be our own experts and truly know what works for us. Try things out and see what works best for you. Remember that your body’s needs change as you age. That being said, there are a few universalities to keep in minds. Here’s a few things you can do today to get yourself back on track.
- Drink more water. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and chances are good that you’re one of them.
- Eat real foods. You should eat 6–8 fist sized servings of vegetables a day.
- Don’t be afraid of fats. As long as it’s not trans fats it’s fine to have some of it. We can go into low-fat misguidance at another time but feel free to have some grass fed butter, olive or coconut oil, and a little meat or fish.
- Cook your own food. This will help with the last suggestion and not to mention it is a great skill to have.
- Stop drinking soda, sweetened and sugary drinks. If you do nothing else, do this. Whether it’s a coke, gatorade or one of starbuck’s coffee flavored milkshakes these wreck havoc on your system. The “diet” drinks and artificial sweeteners are just as bad as the real stuff expect your body has literally no way to utilize it more energy and thus gets stored as fat.