STOP Dieting!

If you are on a diet now or thinking about starting one, please take a few minutes to read this blog entry. It may very well change the way you look at food and your approach to living a longer and healthier life.

To better define the word diet could be; “the practice of ingesting food in a regulated fashion to achieve or maintain a controlled weight.” Wikipedia. “Or a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Both those definitions raise a red flag, not to mention they don’t sound too appealing. The red flag I am referring to is the word “weight”. In our all or nothing approach to getting slim we have become so fixated with the numbers on the scale, that we have forgotten what kind of weight we are losing.

Did you know that an unbalanced diet or fad diet can cause you to lose lean muscle along with fat? We need to have a different outlook than simply losing weight! What you want is to lose fat, and maintain muscle.

If you are like me and have been dieting for a while you have most likely tried a few out there. Most diets can generally be divided into four categories: low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-protein, and low-calorie. The main problem with any diet that fits into any of these categories is that you will lose muscle mass along with fat. As you will soon find out, muscle is your best friend in terms of fat loss and you have to learn how to safeguard it at all costs.

It is true you will get results from a lot of diets out there, but if they don’t promote balance and severely restrict fat, carbs, protein or calories – take my word for it; you are setting yourself up for failure. Diets are a short-term fix and are not practical for the long term. It’s now your time to ditch the diet and start leading a more balanced and beautiful life.


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