Monday, April 6, 2015

On a Diet VS. Having a Diet....What's the difference??

I started my health and fitness journey March 2014. Since then, endless people have asked me "what diet on you on?" "Is the diet hard?" "Are you starving on this diet?" "I bet you can't wait to go back to eating after your done with this diet"

UGGHHH!!! This drives me INSANE!! For the record I am NOT on a diet! I have changed my diet!! Why in the world would I want to go back to eating like crap after I have put in over a years worth of work, am healthier than I have ever been, am finally feeling comfortable in my own skin, and are changing my entire I helping others???!'re thinking "What's the difference??"

We ALL have heard a million times, “You are what you eat”. News Flash!! 80% of your physical results come from your nutrition, while only 20% of your physical results come from exercise. So with that being said, if you want to see results, NUTRITION IS KEY!!

For many people, (my old self included) when you hear the word nutrition, you automatically think this means going on a diet, restricting calories, having limits, and being miserable. News Flash #2!!  What it really means is having a diet that you can live with and enjoy. We need to redefine the term “diet,” learn the difference between being “on a diet” versus “having a diet,” and make a healthy transition between the two.

Restrictive Diets Work… But Only Temporarily

The truth is, diets sell....People always seem to be looking for the next big dieting trend that will bring them the results they’re looking for, with the littlest work possible on their end.

First, carbs are the enemy...then we believe that if we just eat nothing but grapefruits, we will be thin overnight! Then we hear about pop this pill and watch the fat just melt away. Then it’s a juicing diet. Who hasnt tried every single latest and greats fad out there???!! Show of hands??? Can you see my hand stretched way up in the air??

Diets are big sellers because generally, people want the work done for them. They want to be told what to eat, when, and how much; they want rules, restrictions and limitations. They do not want to take the time to learn about what these diets are doing to their bodies, their self esteem. They think of dieting in terms of having a finish line and go from one end of the extreme to the other: either they’re on a diet that’s restrictive or they are eating everything in their path that isnt nailed down.

Do restrictive diets work? Yes, they do… but only temporarily. You can’t live on grapefruits, you cant just drink some tea, you can not stuff your face full of donuts and pop a pill or fat blockers, and you certainly can not be knee deep in over-sized portions of unhealthy food choices and think throwing some saran wrap on you is going to fix your issues. Life will always present you with situations where you need to make healthy choices on your own. Not to mention, going to these extremes is horrible for your metabolism, horrible for your self esteem, horrible for the example you are setting for you children.

This is not a one-time deal, and there is no one-size-fits-all eating plan. We all have different tastes. What works for one person might not work for another. This is why it’s so important to find a diet that works for you – one you can maintain, enjoy, and live with – so you have a diet instead of being on a diet.

Are you “ON a Diet” or do you “HAVE a Diet”?

So, would you rather be a chronic dieter or someone that manages a healthy weight and has a healthy relationship with food? Take a look at the different characteristics of being on a diet versus having a diet.

How do we go from “Being on a Diet” to “Having a Diet”:

1.) Educate yourself about nutrition – The more you learn about the nutritional value of food and the benefits it has for your body, the more inclined you will be to make healthier choices. Making healthy choices gives you confidence and motivates you to make even more healthy choices. You just have to get the ball rolling.

2.) Establish your goals and priorities – Often times, your relationship with food is a reflection of how you feel about yourself. To change your feelings about food, you need to change the way you feel about you. Spend some time establishing your goals and priorities and discovering what it is you really want out of life to improve this relationship. If you need help establishing your goals and priorities, send me a message!! I would love to hear from you - and help you through this!

3.) Confront your issues – Random eating and severely restricting food is often used as a distraction from other issues or thoughts. However, these thoughts are what really need to be addressed. Seeking professional help to deal with emotional needs and past traumas is a big step in having a healthier relationship with food. Reading or listening to personal development daily has helped me tremendously!

Making this transition from being on a diet to having a diet and a healthy relationship with food is totally possible. It’s just a matter of educating yourself and deciding to form better habits. Start today!

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