With the holidays approaching and New Year’s resolution season just around the corner, now is a great time to get a jump start on your health goals. Lets be proactive and make good choices that we can continue though the upcoming holiday season filled with cookies and egg nog.
It is tempting to try a two week diet or a quick detox diet. They always make it sound like it will magically give you the body you have always dreamed of without much effort. If this sounds too good to be true, then it is. Crash diets are too short to give you any lasting results and typically are unrealistic to follow. No fiber? No protein? No healthy fats? If I drank only juice for two weeks, I would absolutely be hungry and cranky by day two. That is a miserable way to look at food. Crash diets or fad diets are usually just a starvation diet. And let me tell you a little secret about those diets… anything you ‘lose’ in that time, you will just gain right back as soon as you start eating again.
Put your diet to the test!
1. Does the diet have a time frame? Two weeks? 30 days?
2. Does the diet cut out major food groups?
3. Does the diet make promises of unrealistic weight lost?
4. Is the diet promoted by celebrities or non health care professionals?
5. Does the diet have a lot of rules and restrictions?
Is you answered yes to two or more of these questions, ditch the diet.
For almost all of us, we can see positive health changes by eating clean and drinking plenty of water through out the day. Some choose to follow lifestyle diets because of an allergy or because of their beliefs. A vegan or vegetarian diet would be an example of a lifestyle diet, because it is a sustainable diet that still provides the essential nutrients needed. Many overweight adults at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease choose to follow a vegetarian lifestyle and see great health benefits from it!
Book a consultation with me or join me for one of our workshops to learn more about how choosing the right diet for you.