Most people have either dieted or at least considered it as a way to lose weight. But while maintaining a healthy body weight is important, dieting is not the best way to get there.
Here’s why you should stop dieting and start changing the way you eat!
Why You Shouldn’t Diet
There are a few reasons why dieting isn’t the best way to improve your health. First, diets focus more on weight loss than overall health. They’re usually overly restrictive for that reason, which means you won’t get the variety of nutrients that you need to function at your best. You may lose a few pounds, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to feel better!
Another reason to stop dieting is that diets are usually temporary by nature. They’re meant to be followed for a few weeks, and then once you’re done, you go back to your old eating habits. That doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss, and it definitely doesn’t lead to long-term health gains!
Instead of dieting, try to focus on changing the way you eat for the better. Don’t just think about subtracting unhealthy foods, but think about all the healthy ones you can add. This will help you avoid a mentality of restriction so you feel happier about the lifestyle changes. And remember, these aren’t temporary changes—you’re working to build habits that will last you a lifetime!
Tips to Change the Way You Eat
Not sure how to change the way you eat? Try these tips!
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables pack a great nutritional punch, so they should be a key part of your meals. Make it a goal to eat a serving of both fruits and vegetables at each meal. They also make healthy snacks, so keep them handy!
- Choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Complex carbohydrates offer more nutrients and are more satisfying than simple carbohydrates, so you should choose them as often as possible. A few examples of complex carbohydrates include whole-grain bread, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. Simple carbohydrates, which include refined sugar, soda, and white bread, should be avoided most of the time.
- Focus on protein. Protein is an important nutrient. It helps your body build and maintain lean muscle, which helps you maintain a healthy metabolism. It also helps you feel fuller longer, making it a valuable aid in weight management. We recommended getting about half of your weight in grams of protein each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should try to eat at least 75 grams of protein daily.
- Eat healthy fats regularly. Fats have been villainized in years past, but avoiding all fats is a mistake. In fact, healthy fats such as polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids are a key part of your health. Healthy fats can be found in many foods, including avocados, fatty fish such as salmon, and nuts. Do your best to eat healthy fats on a regular basis!
Changing the way you eat is a much healthier way to transform your life than dieting. For more tips to help you work toward optimal health, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!