I know you’re confused. You may notice that this section is called ‘Diet’, not ‘Diets’. And no, I did not forget the -s.
Dictionary.com defines ‘diet’ as food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition and its effect on health. ‘Diet’, essentially, is all you eat and drink and its effect on you.
Now that we know the meaning of ‘Diet’, why did I choose ‘Diet’ instead of ‘Diets’?
I’ll tell you! To me, the key to healthy weight loss is diet. The foods we eat and the things we drink are what can make or break our weight loss. But it goes deeper than this. Diet not only takes into account what we eat or drink but the kind of things, the amounts of these things and the effects these things have on our bodies and health. And even more important, it helps us to understand how we should eat in order to lose weight and ultimately, keep that weight off.
That being said…I don’t believe in ‘Diets’ anymore. I have been on numerous diets but they never seem to allow me to keep weight off! Yes, diets tell us to look at the things we eat, the amounts of these things and the effects these things would have on our bodies (effective weight loss) but most diets do not allow us to continue with these routines after we have lost weight. They are often so restrictive that when we lose a pound or two or maybe even 10, we ease up on the restrictions and find ourselves falling further and further from our weight loss goals.
So many diets tell us that we cannot eat bread or rice or that we must only eat fruits or only juice. But let us be honest with ourselves…WE CANNOT MAINTAIN THESE DIETS! We are going to want the bread or the rice or something more than fruits and juice after a while and when we give into our desires, we fall off the wagon!
‘Diet’ deals with this problem. An effective diet allows you to eat the foods you usually do but also allows you to lose weight…healthily.
My mother always says, “Everything in moderation.” Of course, she used this statement to justify her unhealthy binges but I have taken it and applied it to my diet. I eat the foods I usually do if I were not trying to lose weight but I have them in quantities and proportions that would allow me to lose weight.
Another aspect of diet that I consider REALLY important is indulgences.
You may be saying, “Are you crazy?! You cannot indulge if you are trying to lose weight!” Again, let us be honest… even though you are trying to lose weight, you will want that doughnut or that slice of cake or even that ice cream (I know I did). Have that doughnut! Eat that slice of cake or that ice cream!
But as I said, everything in moderation. Know your limits and honour your boundaries.
Knowing the difference between ‘Diet’ and ‘Diets’ will become extremely important for your weight loss…that is, if you want to not only lose weight but also keep it off.
That is what this page is geared toward- promoting those foods you usually eat, those drinks your normally drink and those desserts your usually consume but in a way that does not restrict you but allows you to sustain your weight loss healthily.