As I stated previously, a lot of people are beginning to get hyped up about spring and the coming of warmer weather. I am too; springtime is when I absolutely thrive. Maybe being born in April has something to do with it. ;]
The only thing I don’t like about the coming of warmer months? People dieting.
Let me explain: Fad diets are just that, fads. They seem to be too good to be true, because they ARE. Fad diets or even the ones that have been around for much too long (Atkins, no carb, etc) make you restrict your food choices. They require special stipulations, special food, pills, shakes, chemicals polluting your body. None of these end up working either, which then leads to a sense of failure and one’s self esteem tends to suffer.
What people need to understand is that diets only provide temporary fixes, if even that. Do not let your health and your self esteem suffer. It is better to take a step back, reevaluate and make a lifestyle change. Become more active. Exercise. Change what you eat. You will see results. The results you want. And the best part? You will FEEL better! Mentally, emotionally and physically.
So I thought I would offer some UNdieting tips. ;]
1. First, and most basic: drink lots of water. You should be intaking about half of your body’s weight in ounces. (Example: You weigh 140. Drink 70 ounces of water per day.) Water is well… VITAL. Adequate hydration boosts energy levels, promotes digestion and regulates blood and cholesterol levels. A lot of the time, people will confuse thirst for feeling hunger. So drink water! Lots of water!
2. Eat REAL food. Stop with the McDonald’s. If you have to wonder if they’re still serving horsemeat or not, STOP EATING IT. If you can’t figure out what an ingredient is in your ice cream, STOP EATING IT. Why should a strawberry shake need red food coloring in it? STOP EATING IT. Stop loading your body up with junk, chemicals, unpronounceable ingredients.
My advice? If I can’t read the label of a food ingredient, I drop it and run away. Companies BANK on you being ignorant and un-knowledgeable about what you’re consuming. Don’t be a fool.
Start eating whole food. 100% whole, real, unprocessed food. Start doing your homework on what that means. Fruits and veggies are your friends.
3. Stop counting calories. Counting them never makes you healthy. It never will.
4. Get some exercise in. I’m not talking like hitting up the gym at 5am and staying there for 2 hours. Simple yoga poses, a 20 minute walk, a casual sunny bike ride all count too. Exercise shouldn’t have to feel like a chore, so don’t make it one.
5. Give yourself some time. Losing weight, if that is your goal, is not easy. If it were, we wouldn’t be trying so hard, would we? Give yourself a break. It will take some time to undo, but that’s what the UNdiet is for. Old habits die hard, but if you manage to strive for changing your lifestyle every day, good things will come.
So no more restricting. No more putting limits and stress on yourself. No more fad dieting.
Love yourself, and love your body.
Love, love, love,
– K x