As I listen to the news, the morning shows and talk shows, I keep hearing that four letter word: DIET. It isn't a surprise, it is January. What else is on the minds of a huge percentage of Americans this time of year? New Year's Resolutions. What is one of the most popular resolutions of all? To lose weight. How do you lose weight? Diet??? Here is where I caution you to be careful.
With so many companies jockeying for position with their weight loss and diet products, it is overwhelming to try and sift through the information overload. Low Fat, No Fat, High Protein, No Carbs, Calorie Restriction, Juice Detox, Mediterranean, South Beach, Palo Beach (just made that one up) UGH!!! Truth is, there is no magic pill, no quick fix, and no easy way out...it takes dedication and WORK (the real four letter word.)
First of all, I am not a fan of the word "Diet". I don't like the idea of an event that has a beginning and an end, with a bunch of rules in between. I would rather think of it as a way of living, a pattern of behavior, a lifestyle that I have chosen for myself that benefits me and makes me feel good. That way, I can maintain it over a longer period of time (hopefully a lifetime), I don't feel like I am giving up anything I want, and I have made the conscious choice to care for my body on my own terms.
With that being said, be careful when you hear about "too good to be true" solutions that promise you will lose 5 pounds in 5 days or that you will lose all the weight you want to without exercising at all. You might lose them, but the chances of the 5 pounds coming back, along with a few of their friends are extremely high. Make smart food choices, and if you are unsure about how to eat healthily, contact a certified nutrition expert. Exercise is a must! Even if you don't have a significant amount of weight to lose - it is good for your heart and soul!!!
Now go out there and make healthy decisions, take care of your body and mind...it's all yours and nobody else gets to decide how you treat it!