Living A Healthy Lifestyle Vs A Diet: What’s the Difference?
Every end of the year one of the most overused New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. After a succession of holidays and consuming a lot of food, people wake up a few days before new year’s day and find they’ve gained several more pounds of body weight over they’re already overweight status.
They feel guilty eating all that food on Thanksgiving, Hanukka, Christmas and all those other holidays in between. The office Christmas parties, New Year parties and what not, a lot of food is consumed, and of course with that a lot of weight gained.
And once again, a promise is made. On this coming year I will lose 10, 20, 30 or whatever pounds of weight loss desired or required. A solemn promise is made to the gods above, sealed in a New Year’s resolution, that this time it will really happen. No more excuses, no more blaming the dogs and cats. I will really lose weight now.
Well, fast forward three months and half a dozen diet programs later, nothing has happened. Or worse, more weight has been gained. And the usual excuses are back. These diets don’t work, I’m too busy to manage my diet, I get invited to all these parties and it would be rude not to eat all that food, etc.
Well, rather than trying out all those diets out there, why not just shoot for a living a healthy lifestyle instead? Nothing drastic, just a few adjustments here and there and no draconian measures involved.
People have grown tired of jumping from one diet to another. There are so many out in the marketplace and most don’t work. In fact going on one of these diets usually means an increase in their weight. Losing 20 pounds and then gaining back 30. They are not worth the effort or time it takes to do them.
If diets aren’t working – what are you supposed to do in order to get healthy and lose weight? Remember that diets don’t change eating patterns or choices you make long term. They have specific guidelines to follow and food to eat.
When you’re on a diet you don’t learn how to change your thoughts or choices. Plus you don’t learn how to eat properly. With a healthy lifestyle you are retraining yourself to make better choices. You’ll see the benefit of planning a long term approach.
3 Reasons To Drop the Diet Approach and Go All In For Living A Healthy Lifestyle Instead
Living A Healthy Lifestyle Benefits Are Long Term
A healthy lifestyle offers a long term solution. Think years instead of months. Diets last only months and only work when you are working them.
Making better choices every day for a year is better than a diet that lasts two or three months. You’ll see results over time, but they will be lasting results. Not ones that are here when on the diet and gone when you’re done.
Small Changes Create A Big Impact
After years of eating junk food and unhealthy options – you’ll need to retrain yourself to pick those healthier choices. Diets do not teach you how to do this. They have you jump all in and then you get overwhelmed and stop.
Instead make small changes daily. You might not think this will make a huge impact, but these changes over time will start to snowball. They’ll gain momentum to a healthier you in the future.
Eating A Balanced Diet
The goal of living a healthy lifestyle is to eat a nutritionally balanced diet. Getting enough fruits, vegetables, whole wheat, fish and healthy fats. Taking out processed foods that contain too much salt and sugar.
Some diets don’t offer this option. They take out important foods that your body needs to survive. Essential vitamins and minerals. Sometimes even encouraging an unhealthy diet.
A healthy lifestyle is a better choice if you want to take a long term approach to your eating habits. You don’t have to do it all at once, but make small changes at a time. By switching you’re eating habits you’ll start to see yourself eating food that is better and more balanced for you. You’ll feel better and start to make the right decisions for your health.