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Last summer, a lady called me about her frustrating attempts at weight loss. She said she had gone from diet to diet for over 25 years...only to end up fatter and with a slower metabolism after each 'diet'. We talked for a long time, but the gist of it was this; I told her to 'dump the diets' and start focusing on pursuing fitness and health. We talked about a few fruits and vegetables
she really liked. We talked about all the benefits we get from fruits and vegetables and how we forget how good they really taste...because we're bombarded with fat-laden foods day after day.
She mentioned that she reeeeeally liked tomatoes... which also happens to be a favourite of mine. I mean I'm a tomato fanatic. I absolutely love them! I grow several varieties in my backyard and several types of cherry tomatoes indoors when it's too cold outside! So, we had quite a conversation about tomatoes.
We talked about her focusing her eating on some fruits and vegetables she really liked and doing some creative things with tomatoes. I also told her to start walking EVERY morning...even if it was only 10 or 15 minutes some
mornings, but to try to get 30 to 45 minutes in every day. I also told her to do a basic weight training program at home with dumbells.
Well, I hadn't heard from her in nine months and she called me last week. She's lost 22 kilogram in nine months. She said she focused on some fruits and vegetables she likes, but went crazy with fresh tomatoes. She used over
10 healthy recipes that use lots of tomatoes...she even ate tomato hash browns (without oil) and tomato sandwiches for breakfast sometimes! She was so excited and said she has never felt so good in her life!
So what's for dinner at your house tonight…fish and salad, chicken stir-fry or steak and vegies? These are the options facing many families as they come home from a long, weary day at work, yet now added to these choices you may find a frozen lasagne or simply a milkshake. Diet milkshake that is.
It seems diet food is one of the latest weight loss methods people are choosing to overcome the rising obesity levels. Yet to those of us who have tried the diet foods, you would have to wonder why we would chose to substitute a healthy, regular meal with diet food.
The biggest reason people will eat this diet food has nothing to do with taste. It is an unhealthy desire to lose weight at all costs, with minimum effort. The simple convenience of grabbing the diet food from the kitchen already prepared is too tempting for many. Unfortunately, so is the snack food they turn to an hour later, as they crave 'real food'.
Unless the body has received adequate nutrition, you will keep craving food. The Betalife Program dispels the need for any kind of diet food. They recommend you always eat a good meal, which will not only give you the nutrition you require, but also satisfy your desire to eat.
Diet foods have also infiltrated the supermarket shelves, causing more damage than we realise. These diet foods are often filled with artificial sweeteners, excess sugars or other undesirable additives in order to call them 'diet foods'. Diet food is also usually a little heavier on the wallet!
We have placed so much emphasis on diet food and calorie restriction in this country, yet we are still to understand the basics of nutrition. Instead of reaching for the milkshake for dinner, leave the diet foods behind. The fish and salad will be a much better option. As they say, mother nature knows best.
It seems every day there is a new diet gracing the covers of the magazines. Miracle diet, The Hollywood diet, The Bikini diet, there are a million diets that grab our attention and send us into a period of complete misery. So why do we diet? Why not just take up a sensible eating plan and start exercising, instead of torturing ourselves with starvation?
People really are under the misconception that a diet is the only way to lose weight. In actual fact, 95-97% of people who do lose weight on a diet will put the weight back on, plus usually a bit more. There are two main reasons for this.
Firstly, going on a diet causes your body to think it is heading towards a famine. Obviously, famines are something we don’t experience in our country, but our bodies were designed in a time when food was often scarce. We would have to find our food before we ate it, and there often wasn’t enough to be found. So our bodies have a mechanism that causes the body to start storing food as fat to get us through the tough times when we couldn’t eat. By going on a diet, or restricting your food intake, you are simple making your body store the food instead of burning it for energy. Not exactly what you want from a diet!
The next affect of going on a diet is the emotional response it causes. How many times have you said to yourself, “I will start my diet tomorrow “ then spent the day gorging yourself? You know this could be the last time you are allowed to eat chocolate cake or hot chips before your diet restricts you from enjoying yourself. Then every time you slip up on the diet, you will use the same theory. Eat as much as you can so you can go back to the diet tomorrow.