Obsession with dieting is not new. For centuries, the art of starving oneself has remained vogue. From cigarette diets in 1920 to a diet involving sedation in 1970, fad diets come and go, but are they worth the risk of your health? Clearly, some diets do not prove beneficial, such as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day to suppress appetite, but what about ‘health’ diets, such as atkins, paleo and others? Are these actually benefitting our bodies, or is it hurting them?
The Dieting Dilemma
The problem with diets is the fact that they are not sustainable. If they are sustained, serious damage can occur to your body due to lack of nutrients typically received from food. In fact, research has shown that dieting in the long run can actually increase your body’s propensity to gain weight. This phenomenon is known as ‘dieting-induced weight- gain’ among scientists. UCLA published a study in 2007 where the researchers reviewed 31 long term studies on the effectiveness of dieting and found that dieting is a consistent predictor of weight gain. In fact, up to two thirds of the people regained weight they had lost.
Make It A Lifestyle
So, how does one effectively and safely lose weight? Consistency is key. One cannot sustain a diet of eating cabbage soup the rest of their life, but one can maintain a balanced variety of healthy foods. The body needs the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, along with other nutrients. By eating a balanced diet, your body will receive what it needs. Below are a few tips in maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Watching the amount of food you eat is priority. Over indulging oneself stretches the stomach unnecessarily. Eat light snacks. Instead of eating a bag of potato chips, put a handful on a plate and once that is finished, don’t get more! Stop eating when full and never eat emotionally- this leads to overeating.
Variety of Foods
Be sure you get protein, vegetables, fruit and whole grains every day. A balanced diet means that you eat mostly vegetables and fruit, followed by protein, and lastly whole grains every day.
Good Fats Vs Bad Fats
There are good fats for your body, and there are bad fats. The bad fat is called saturated fat and is in fried foods, snacks and fast food. Good fat is known as monounsaturated fat and is found in fish, nuts, olive oil, and avocados.
Working out needs to be consistent and fun. If it’s not fun, you won’t continue the routine. You need to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes 3-5 days each week.
Come Tour Franklin Athletic Club For A Lifestyle of Change
Franklin Athletic Club is a full service health club that offers a wide range of state of the art equipment, programs, and services to keep you motivated and enable you to reach your fitness goals. We work hard to create a sense of community within the club by building relationships. Grab hold of a better life today in a healthy Franklin community!