Your hear it all the time.
- A wedding is coming up.
- A group of people are going to vegas.
- A mexico trip is coming up.
- Almost time for a reunion of some kind
These are often reasons why you hear that people are going to go ON a diet. They make extreme choices to how they eat and exercise, to make up for lost time. This usually entails starving ones self for a couple weeks. Eating only salads that for whatever reason are boring and not filling. Trying to work out every day because of wanting to look good in that suit, or dress, or swimsuit.
I completely understand why these things are done. For the most part, people want to lose weight quickly and want to look better in the clothes they will be wearing at the upcoming event. Ok, fair enough. That part is clear.
Going ON a diet is setting you up for failure before you begin. The very idea that you are going to go ON a diet means you will be getting off that diet in a short period of time. By design, diets last for a finite about of time. Maybe even thankfully, since you might be starving your body of the nutrients it needs to survive longer than a few weeks. Almost every time, even if you are able to stick to the horrendous schedule of a diet, your weight will bounce right back to where it was, or worse.
A better strategy is to make gradual and sustainable changes to YOUR diet. Your diet is how you eat, as a whole; the types of foods that you consistently choose to put in your body. By making small changes that you can keep for a longer period of time, you can be more consistent with whatever goals you have. If you keep wanting to lose weight for multiple events throughout the year, why not clean up the diet in a way you can keep consistent? That way, you can lose weight gradually and more permanently. Rather than ballooning back and forth, which in turn, is worse for your health. Why not have a more fit body for the whole year and always be ready to show off at any event you would like to do so, rather than killing yourself to try to make up for bad habits you have allowed to take over?
There is nothing wrong with wanting a more fit and sexy body. More power to you if that is a goal you have. The advice and ideas shared on this site can help you move closer to that goal. I challenge you to look at the other reasons for adjusting your diet, in addition to the physical change it can create. If we shift our focus to a more broad view of the overall benefits of how positive changes to our nutrition and fitness can affect our lives, we will have more reasons to commit to that change. The more reasons we have to commit to change, the more likely it is that there will be change.
The more you educate yourself of how food and exercise can positively affect your body and the more changes you make consistent in your life, the less need you will feel to go ON diets. When you gradually improve your diet as a whole, going ON a diet will be unnecessary.
Don’t go ON a diet. Adjust YOUR diet.