Many people often feel deprived when on a conventional ‘diet’ as they usually are not eating enough or often enough. When it comes to eating I think it needs to be a lifestyle approach. A diet is something you do for a period of time, a lifestyle is something you adopt and carry on for life. Sure sometimes I play around with carb manipulation and things like that but my general eating habits stay the same. If you are only on a diet to get to a certain point so you can go back to eating like crap then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.
I am not opposed to certain diets for short periods to help make certain gains but you have to realize that when you’re done you need to have made lifestyle changes to maintain yourself. This is why diet and exercise go hand in hand. When you exercise you build lean muscle and shed fat. Lean muscle helps to boost your metabolism which will assist with weight loss. Food fuels your body so picking and choosing the best foods to eat along with exercise will help you reach your goals even faster. Choosing the right foods to accompany exercise is key to weight loss success.
Once you put on some lean muscle your body will burn more calories on a daily basis. So when you go home at the end of the day and relax on the couch your body is still burning calories. No, this does not mean that you can eat chocolate and chips all night and not gain weight, but it does mean that you can be a little more relaxed with your eating.
My point here is when thinking about food and weight loss you need to think of it as a lifestyle change, not something you do for 3 months and then stop and go back to old habits. If you make it a part of your daily routine you’ll be in for a lifetime of health and wellness. If not you’ll likely yo-yo and go back and forth gaining and losing weight, constantly being frustrated and upset.
Make a lifestyle change and stop jumping on the diet bandwagon!