Monday, October 13, 2014

DIET... EEEKKKK ... It doesn't have to be so dreadful !

The word DIET... what does it mean? What does it mean to you? What does it mean to others ? If you are thinking to yourself well that's an easy answer and your most likely thinking of these phrases in a nutshell...... Deprivation of food, calorie restriction and boring meals probably come to mind. But in all reality the word "diet" as described in the Webster dictionary is :

1.)The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
2.) A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
3.)To restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.

By definition number 3 is the one that we are most commonly thinking about. Now that we have an understanding of what DIET means think about how it applies to you ?

For me when I "diet" it means I am following a specific plan that is set up for me. To you, it may mean that you are trying to follow a regimented plan to lose weight. Did you know that the majority of people who start a diet by following a plan only last up to 3 weeks before they find it hard to continue eating a strict meal plan?!! I know so many women who start and stop diets so frequently they are in a chronic yo-yo state causing your metabolism to backfire on you in hopes that you will discontinue the ups and downs of weight loss and stick to a healthy eating pattern on a consistent level.

In order to keep your metabolism happy and revving each and every day try keep these key factors in mind.

-Try to avoid giant weight fluctuations. Losing weight and regaining weight over and over again causes your metabolism to slow down. and weight loss will be more difficult each and every time. Weight loss is a matter of calories in vs. calories out. In order for your body to adjust to an increase in calories you need to "reverse diet" by slowly adding in calories to your diet over a longer period of time. Always strive to stay within 5-8 pounds of your maintenance weight at all times.

- Many diets are low in carbohydrates to enhance fat loss but that makes the body dip into fat stores. Over time your body will reduce its serotonin levels, which can result in serious sugar cravings and low to no energy which is no good. Eliminating carbs is not essential to weight loss but using them around training times and early mornings to afternoons is vital to weight loss. Stick to healthy complex carbs like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and rice.

-Strict dieting tends to lead into binge eating due to you feeling deprived. This leads to major eating issues and may cause problems with control over food. Binge eating on a Friday and Saturday ALL day long as a "treat" is causing more harm than good. Strict dieting causes low levels of serotonin causing your body to crave greater amounts of sugar in an attempt to increase serotonin production. And, once you have stimulated this pathway, it becomes very difficult to stop overeating. Instead of binging all day try to eat normal meals throughout the day and then use dinner as a treat meal once a week. Then stick to a lower carb diet the following day.

Follow these simple concepts and keep your metabolism in check and remain healthy and happy !!

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