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Just Say No: Why You Shouldn’t Diet This Year

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Chances are that at some point in your life you went on a diet. You may even be on one now. Or, you may be making a New Year’s resolution to diet in 2010. Let me stop you there. If you are planning on losing weight in 2010, save your money and time, and instead, resolve not to diet. No, I’m not kidding.

I’m going to tell you a secret … dieting doesn’t work. Some of you may be thinking: “But my friend lost twenty pounds on the Atkins diet!” or “I have heard fantastic things about Nutrasystem.” Sure, these diets work in the short term, but after a dieter stops dieting, they most likely put back on some, if not all of the weight.

As you are thinking about your resolutions for the New Year, I’d like you to indulge me and make a resolution or set a goal not to diet. And, I want you to remember the following things about diets, why they don’t work and what better solutions are for 2010:

1. Lack of Nutrition
Contrary to popular belief, most diets are not healthy and may actually border on malnutrition. Many urge us to do extreme things, forgo our favorite foods or cut major food groups in order to lose weight. Healthy eating requires ALL nutrients (carbs, fats, and protein) and a minimum number of calories in order to maintain health and proper body function.

For 2010: Focus on eating foods that are nutrient rich and that provide you with the balance to keep you feeling satisfied.

2. Unsustainable Behavior
Depriving your body shocks your body into losing weight, but once it gets over that shock, it adapts. How? By slowing down your metabolism, going into unhealthy physical states (such as ketosis), or stopping weight loss. So, even if you have the mental willpower to diet forever, your body doesn’t.

For 2010: Change to a mindset of eating healthy as a lifestyle, not as dieting. This will help you to lose excess pounds and maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime ... not just for bikini season.

3. “Yo-Yo”
When you deprive yourself to an extreme, you end up craving to an extreme. One day you’re “extremely good,” the next “extremely bad.” You may have heard this called “yo-yo dieting.”

For 2010: Implement a philosophy of moderation.

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EmpowHER Guest

This article is excellent and gives advice that can truly be helpful in the long term. If anything should be taken from this article it is the "For 2010" tips. Print them out and put them on your wall!

January 13, 2010 - 11:31am
EmpowHER Guest

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Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/

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January 11, 2010 - 9:24am
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