“I’m going on a diet!” or “I have to start my diet soon!” are two of the most common phrases heard among young people today. Yes, being on a diet can be helpful when trying to be fit and healthy, but it all depends on how long the diet actually lasts. You shouldn’t force yourself to eat healthy yet yummy foods because of a short-term diet. Eating healthy is more of a lifestyle choice.
There are tons of diets out there that are designed to help people lose weight. Atkins, South Beach, The Zone, and Whole 30 are just some to name a few. Many people think that if they do one of these diets, they are going to get results fast. This is not the case. Most of the time a diet length ranges from two weeks to two months. Sometimes, people get stressed on diets because they can’t figure out what are the right things to eat and on top of that, they have no energy to workout. Eventually this stress causes the diet to fizzle out and old eating habits to resurface.
Changing the way you look at things is the perfect way to get the results you want. Forget the word “diet” and replace it with the long-term word “lifestyle.” Researchers say that if you change the way you live by eating well and taking part in some sort of physical activity each day, this will keep you on track in the long run. In the end, a diet can only moderately help you whereas with a lifestyle change, the weight you want to keep off will never come back.
To improve your “lifestyle” you should always think positive. Don’t dwell on the foods that you know you shouldn’t eat, but enjoy all the healthy and delicious foods you definitely should eat. Portion control is also important. Taking in the right amount of protein, carbs, and vegetables each day will most definitely contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Another tip is to make sure you get up and move! Make sure you do some physical activity like spin, boxing, or swimming, to get your muscles moving and your heart rate up. Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself. When you change your lifestyle, there won’t be immediate results. Don’t focus on perfection as much as progress. As time goes by, you’ll see great improvement and realize that a lifestyle change was definitely better than starting that new diet everyone is talking about.