During our latest workshop, we asked those who attended what comes to mind when they hear the word “DIET” and this is a few of the words that came up:
Restriction | Boring | Tasteless | Punishment
Salads | Rules | Guilt | Deprivation
For many of us, dieting has quite a negative connotation that brings with it feelings of unpleasantness, guilt, low self-esteem and failure.
Here’s the familiar dieting cycle we often find ourselves in and find it difficult to get out of at times; and ends up being a vicious cycle to move from:
So why do we all stress about needing to diet?
Does it really work?
And what is the best way to do it?
We personally don’t believe in diets or quick fixes and instead believe that the four pillars of a healthy lifestyle include having a positive mindset, following good & wholesome nutrition, being well hydrated, following an active lifestyle and getting good quality sleep.
There is no “one size fits all” plan and it is not as simple as “calories in versus calories out”! It is important to understand what works best for you and not follow what your friends, the community, the media or the latest fad diets promote. We are all unique and should focus on setting goals that are personal and realistic to us. These goals should revolve more around behavior modification rather than weight targets.
In short, "giving up dieting", changing our mindset and following a more holistic approach is the first step to a healthy and happy, mind body and soul!