We’ve all been there. Eyeing up desserts and baked galore, inhaling the fresh bread smell on the bakery aisle. Wondering if a tub of ice-cream is okay for one. If – when we give in, we gobble guilt and fester feelings of disparity. And then we contemplate a diet, but there’s no such thing as a good dieting style.
I’m a guinea-pig and not a trained dietician or expert. I’m unable to test every diet, because a new one always appears, though I’ve had my fair share of starvation and strict counting. A new study reports that intermittent fasting is just the same as regular dieting. The 5:2 diet climaxed in popularity a few years back, with my “weight-watches and Atkins don’t work” mother, buying a book like a child putting a tooth under their pillow. Hoping for a new slimming miracle.
The latest keto diet is praised worryingly on social-media. As this Good Housekeeping article shows, arguments are not always as they seem. It doesn’t matter however, which diet you inspect. The dieting industry is worth billions and according to the US Federal Trade Commission, 98% have a failure rate.
Much is said about the reasons for failure – suggestions that a diet focuses on a short-term fix, providing little value to overall health. Time and again, I see people striving for a ‘summer body’ or a ‘birthday body’ or a New Year physique. And I’m baffled as to why.
Research proves a lifestyle overhaul is the best solution. Here’s a fascinating piece by Harvard Health Publishing explaining further. I believe diet and food is strongly perceived by our mindsets and memories. We’re taught that comfort food is a big bowl of pasta and a hearty takeaway, followed by a warm, fudge chocolate brownie. Encouraged from a young age to indulge on special occasions.
We’re told ‘healthy food’ is not what we like, it’s what our bodies need. So, people start diets with the mindset that their going to eat bland and unimaginative meals. They have to endure exercise and starve off tasty temptation advertised in society. It’s a recipe for catastrophe. And there’s no shame or reason to feel any sense of guilt for not sticking to a weight-loss diet – we’re almost hard-wired to go against them.
Without raising an eyebrow in bafflement, I do follow a non-conventional DNA diet – no rule is a strict yes or no. For the rest of my life I can easily stick to the plan, which is really about increasing particular vitamins such as magnesium and omega 3. Instead of the promoted weight-loss regimes. Which is why I still argue that there is no good dieting style.
A good dieting style vs. lifestyle
Personally, the only solution which will suffice, is the one that’s achievable for years on end. Becoming a lifestyle and not a diet. From my experience, healthy habits transcend further. Contemplating sleep, nutrition, movement, stress. Trying to appreciate our own bodies as they are before working on change. It just makes sense to start from a place of positivity.
While it’s simple on paper and complex in reality, this comparison provides perspective – attempt a good dieting style and spend weeks drastically altering your food intake, feeling probable side-effects, or slowly encourage healthy lifestyle choices which will not only remove many side-effects, but increase numerous benefits? Unless advised medically, perhaps reconsider the billion-dollar diet myths this year.
Have you tried any diets this year? Or have you made any changes to your lifestyle?