To diet or not to diet?
To diet or not to diet?

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of my biggest pet hates are all of the diet adverts on TV, radio, press, internet and everywhere else you go. They are impossible to ignore and this time of the year (after Christmas and the beginning of the New Year) brings out the worst in them.

There’s plenty of affordable fresh and healthy produce on the shelves of our supermarkets. A piece of chicken breast, potato and a handful of vegetables, take just a few minutes to prepare and are full of all the nutrients anyone needs. But no, we have to listen to celebrities and all manner of has beens on how good the diet plan/club they endorse is. Why?

[pull_quote_center]Why would anyone pay extra for products that highlight their weight issues is beyond me.[/pull_quote_center]

Why do people buy the “diet” version of what most of the time could be described as junk. “Being good” is not having that sugary fizzy drink, and especially not having its “diet” twin.

DO YOU REALLY NEED TO START ON ANOTHER DIET?

The fact that you are starting on, yet another, diet suggests that the last one failed or you weren’t happy with the results. It’s also possible that you didn’t wait to see the results because the diet wasn’t right for you.

Changing your diet should be a positive and happy experience. After all – you are doing it because you want to be healthy (which means different things for different people). You start happy, armed with the support and motivation you need, then disaster strikes.

Your body refuses to adjust to the new diet. You start to doubt the end result and your motivation is gone. If you are anything like me, you try to adjust your diet to your needs or worse – you go back to normal but “tweak” you diet a bit. In other words – you quit.

It wouldn’t be fair to focus on just the worst case scenario though. There are lots of people who stick to their diets and get the results. Unfortunately these results are short lived and eventually go away if the person goes back to their old diet. Then, it’s time for another diet and before they know it – they are hooked on dieting.

DON’T DIET, CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS

Diets are good if you need a quick fix and are prepared to put in the hard work until you see the results. Many actors and actresses use (sometimes extreme) dieting in order that they fit the character they are going to play.

We see them go from thin to fat to ripped and back again all the time. I often think that if celebrities stopped dieting and experimenting with their weight, there would be very few glossy magazines and websites about. That may not be a bad thing, actually.

Back in the real world, experimenting with your weight is not very healthy at all. You may be compromising your health and you will be spending a lot more on clothes because nothing will fit you if your weight goes up and down like a Yo-Yo.

By all means, go on a diet but be prepared to stay on it for a long time if you want the results to last. There is, of course, an easier way.

Instead of dieting, change your lifestyle and eating habits. If you want to look healthy, you have to live a healthy lifestyle. Get rid of bad habits, junk food and replace them with natural healthy produce, water and exercise.

[quote_box_center]It’s not an easy thing to do but you will get the results and keep them for the rest of your life. If you need some inspiration, read my article on what made me gain weight.[/quote_box_center]