Dieting vs. Lifestyle Change


We live in a society where almost everyone is on a diet. It may be you, your co-worker, spouse, friend, and the list goes on. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 70% of Americans remain overweight. So what does that tell you? Dieting is not the answer.My entire philosophy, which I run my business on, is that this is “a lifestyle, not a diet”. Why do I say this? Because I’ve done every fad diet in the world and I’ve always yo-yo my weight. When I competed, it got worse. I would deprive myself from everything for months and once I would reach my goals; I’d go on a binging series. That’s the problem with diets; it consists of temporarily changing your eating habits to promote a certain outcome before returning to your previous eating habits. On the other hand, a lifestyle change consists of adopting healthy overall habits that promote long-term weight control and health.

In order to be successful in weightloss and change those facts provided by the CDCP, people must learn to adapt lifestyle changes. Learn to make better decisions when going out to eat. It doesn’t have to be perfect but just better. Take a minute to analyze what your putting in your body and what it will do for you. If you want to eat a burger, then do it. Just opt for salad instead of fries or skip the dessert and wine. This is how I do it as well as all my clients.

At home, you can substitute wheat bread for white. Not because white is bad but wheat has more fiber and will keep you fuller longer. Instead of frying your food, bake it. There are so many small changes that you can make in your day to day life that will keep you in the game for the long run.

The next time you hear of a crazy fad and it sounds too good to be true then it most probably is. 90% of the time people will end up going back to their old ways because they haven’t really learned how to eat. Instead, they were just told what to eat and have no knowledge of why they are eating it. With my clients, I teach them how to eat properly. I don’t just give them a diet and have them eat the same thing everyday. Instead, I give them options. I teach them how to eat properly and make better decisions. Lifestyle changes will help you keep that weight off instead of yo-yoing.