When I hear the word “diet”, I cringe. The first thing I think about is what I can’t eat. When I hear “healthy lifestyle”, I think about things that I can eat, only less of them. I prefer to think that I am living a healthy lifestyle, instead of dieting. Dieting has always meant to me, temporary. Something you do to lose some weight, and then you go back to eating the way you were.
I don’t want to do that. I want to eat healthy, lose weight, and then maintain my weight when I reach my goal. In order to do that, I have to eat healthy. I have been doing this for a little more than 4 months, and have lost 35 pounds. The weight is coming off slowly. I have more energy. I feel better. I am also exercising.
There isn’t a food group that I can’t eat. There are ways that food are cooked that I need to avoid. Chicken and fish are great proteins to eat, but the worse thing to eat if they are fried. I don’t eat fried foods anymore. Sweets are bad for you in large quantities, because of the sugar in them. But, if I pick sweets that have a low sugar content, and limit the amount I eat, that is fine. Also, I have found that if I make my own sweet desserts, I can eliminate some of the sugar content normally found in that item.
I have reduced the portion sizes of the foods I eat. I use a smaller bowl, or dish, to eat out of. I also eat slower, and drink water before I eat. This helps to fill me up faster. When I am in the kitchen, and go to reach for something to munch on, I stop and ask myself two things: 1. Am I hungry? 2. Am I reaching for something to eat because I just want to munch?
For either question, if the answer is yes, I reach for something that is healthy. Carrots are my go to snack when I have the munchies. A bowl of vegetables and fruit if my stomach is telling me I am hungry. It’s all about the choices you make when you go to reach for food. I am always eating something, but I am eating healthy. Now that I am used to eating this way, I have found that I don’t ever feel like I am starving. I eat small meals, and snacks, all through the day.
If you are thinking about going on a diet, don’t. Instead, change to a healthy lifestyle. Healthy foods and exercise. are what you need. Think long-term. You have a better chance of succeeding if you don’t eliminate food groups from what you eat, just the way they are prepared.