STOP! Please don't tell me that you made your New Year's resolution to go on the "Paleo Diet" or "Omni Diet" or "Vegan Diet" or "Atkins Diet". The term diet has not been properly defined in our culture and here is why.
The true definition of diet "is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organisms....nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, and food energy in the form of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats" (Wikipedia). Diet is the food we put in our body; the fuel that keeps you going. Your diet should not be defined by the mainstream media.
I want you to stop thinking I'm going on "X" diet so I can lose X weight. A fad 'diet' WILL NOT HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT LONG TERM!!! Did you keep the weight off from last year? Or do you find yourself struggling again?
Answer this one questions honestly to yourself and you will understand why that diet didn't work. When going on that 'diet' what everyday lifestyle changes did you make that you are still doing today? I hate to be the barrier of bad news, but don't think that going on a diet for 3 months and losing 10 lbs will magically stay away if you don't build healthy habits along the way.
Answer another question for me. If all of these low-cal and fad 'diets' like Nutrisystem and Omni drops work, why are 64% of Americans still overweight or obese? EAT THE FAT. Those low-cal, processed meal plans are KILLING YOU! Obesity is the 2nd largest preventable death in the U.S., which means lifestyle changes can prevent this disease.
What is even more scary is that we became an obese nation very quickly! I thought Americans were supposed to be leaders in the world? And by leader, I don't mean leader in being the FATTEST NATION.
I was talking to a friend of mine a couple weeks ago and she said "dieting shouldn't be this hard - I've been working out and eating pretty healthy, but not seeing the results I wanted". She is 100% right; dieting shouldn't be so hard and it doesn't have to be that hard. Don't let mainstream media make you feel overwhelmed and confused.
Try implementing these 3 simple rules into your life today:
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER: Everyday you should be drinking 1/2 of your body weight in ounces. Water will naturally cleanse your body and get rid of the extra waste. If you drink a lot of coffee, I encourage you to drink a cup of water before going for the 2nd cup of Joe. #StayHydrated
- EAT LESS PROCESSED FOODS: When grocery shopping stop going down the center of the aisle. Instead shop the perimeter of the grocery store and stock up on WHOLE FOODS. Organic vegetables, fruits, meat, chicken, fish, etc. If you do buy something in a bag, a good general rule of thumb is if it has more that 5 ingredients on the label, don't eat it.
- TAKE GLUTEN & CORN OUT: For one week take gluten and corn out of your diet and see how you feel. Notice your belly going down? Have more energy? Remeber your body is your own best tool, so go test it out! However, I guarantee you will lose some weight naturally by making better food choices ;)
The next time you see a TV commercial or magazine promoting the "next best diet," remember these facts:
- Celebrities are being paid to endorse the new fad diet. Wouldn't it be nice to make $500K- $3 Million to endorse a diet that you don't actually follow because you can afford your own personal chef?!
- $20 billion is spent in the U.S. every year by the weight loss industry; including diet books, diet drugs, and weight loss surgeries.
- 108 million people are on 'a diet' in the U.S. RIGHT NOW and will make 4-5 more attempts at it throughout the year.
- Diet pills, including Omni drops are dangerous. Stop putting bad toxins in your body. Without eating quality calories and getting the essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs, you can't fight off disease. Eating dangerous, low quantities of food also does more harm to your body that good.
Every time you eat think "is this meal going to help me fight disease or feed disease?" Together lets stop supporting the weight loss industry by ignoring their fad diets. Instead, lets build a healthy community together, where we can make better lifestyle choices that we can maintain and enjoy for the rest of our lives.