Considering Dieting?

Before considering dieting you should evaluate your lifestyle. Ask yourself a set of questions to find out why you think you should be on a diet (How much/little do you eat? What do you eat? When do you eat? Do you workout?…). By first looking at your daily life you can figure out what it is that you want to change and can physically change. For example, if you find yourself snacking tons, find out why. Is it because you didn’t eat enough earlier? Maybe you are just bored?

Whatever the case maybe dieting most likely isn’t the answer. There is no reason that you should starve yourself or dramatically change the way or the amount you eat creates an unrealistic and unhealthy lifestyle that can become dangerous and/or hard to maintain. I personally believe that dieting can only lead to worse issues further down the road and is unnecessary.

Instead of looking towards the newest diet, especially short term/quick result diets, you should instead adjust your regular lifestyle to change out healthier options for unhealthy ones. This could be as simple as replacing sodas for natural juices and adding in more exercise. Of course adding in a running or extensive cardio routine is not for everyone, but I find even simple things like walking up stairs instead of taking the elevator, getting off the bus a stop early, parking further from your destination, taking a walking lunch, etc. can be simple steps to adding more physical activity into your daily routine.

With working and/or schooling I understand it can be difficult to find the time to go to the gym or cook up a healthy meal but if you take baby steps along the way you can begin to transform your lifestyle into a healthier one.

Some easy steps to begin to transform to your lifestyle:

  • Replace unhealthy eating/drinking habits with more healthy ones
  • Try having juice or lemonade every time you want a soda or overly sugary drink.
  • Eat some fruit, nuts or a granola bar every time you want an unhealthy snack (chips, cookies, etc.).
  • Add in an exercise time slot into your daily routine.

If you find it difficult to get motivated to go to the gym or workout, consider signing up for workout classes or a workout club or community. I have also found that by adding in a time to exercise in my daily routine helps to keep me active.
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