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Dieting vs. Lifestyle Changes

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People are so used to using the term “diet”. I hate that word. It implies so much. It implies that you restrict yourself, that you stress out about social gatherings because they might not have something that fits into your points system, or that your relationship with food is like that bad boyfriend that you want to leave, but you don’t because you keep hoping he will eventually have something to offer you.

Because that’s what diets are. They aren’t sustainable. How long can you keep saying no to your favorite beer because your diet doesn’t allow it? A few months maybe? But then what typically happens is when you FINALLY allow yourself to have that Blue Moon, you binge. “Well, I’m already drinking beer so I might as well get those mozzarella sticks too”…

This is how we create an unhealthy relationship with food. Diets allow food to control our lives. It’s a constant cycle of restriction, bingeing, and guilt.

“Eat to live, and not live to eat.” – Benjamin Franklin

The key to breaking the “whatever, I’m getting cheese fries” cycle is all about changing your mindset. Here are some keys tips on how to do that:

  1. Instead of thinking about how much you want cake but can’t have it, think instead about how you will feel after eating it. Will you eat it and feel energetic after, or will you feel bloated and lethargic?
  2. Instead of dieting, change your bad habits. I have always driven long distances for work and often times was required to travel. To cope with boredom, I would always get a soda for the drive. Then I realized that every time I get in the car, I want a drink with me even if it’s a 10min drive. Since I noticed that, I go for water or black coffee.
  3. Eat what you want, just don’t overeat. There was a book that came out years ago called “I Can Make You Thin”. The whole concept was if you want mac and cheese, eat mac and cheese! But the second you feel that hunger pang go away, stop. That could be 3 bites, but you stop after that 3 bites.
  4. Drink lots of water. I feel like this is in every healthy living post, but there’s a reason. The recommended amount of water is half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200lbs, drink 100oz of water. It is an appetite suppressant, boosts your metabolism, and cleanses your body of waste.

What are some of your unhealthy habits that you need to break and how can you change them?

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