It seems to me that everyone is on a “diet”. When I hear someone say, “I’m on a diet” or “I’m going on a diet”, or “I’m starting a diet on Monday”, it’s not usually said with a smile.
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Let’s face it… no one likes to be on a “diet” because dieting DOES suck, but it doesn’t have to, and I’m going to tell you how to make dieting not suck.
Before finding the solution to how to make dieting not suck, let’s start off with the question why does dieting suck?
1. First of all, the word “diet” is negative. Have you ever heard any one talk about the word “diet” with a smile on their face?? No… I didn’t think so. The words that are rolling around in your subconscious mind when think about the word “diet” or say the word “diet” is starvation, depravation, punishment. There is no positive connection to that word consciously or sub-consciously.
2. Second, when we think of “diet food”, we automatically think we’re doomed to eating food that is tasteless, bland, boring and blah. And when you think those thoughts about “diet food”, once again, your subconscious mind begins to tell you that you’re punishing yourself.
3. Third, dieting sucks simply because most diets are not sustainable, they tend to be too calorically restrictive, which in turn will slow down your metabolism, which you definitely don’t want and most diets can be unhealthy as they severely restrict your food intake and choices, setting you up for a number of nutrient deficiencies that may set you up for long-term health problems.
4. Most fad diets can be hard to follow and become more trouble than their worth. Seriously… who wants to be keeping track of points, or counting calories, keeping track of carbs, fat and protein? I certainly don’t and I know you don’t want to either.
After all is said and done, in the end, you end up cheating on the diet and throwing in the towel.
Now that we’ve established some of the reasons WHY dieting sucks, here’s some ways to make it suck a whole lot less or not suck at all.
1. Do NOT go on a diet. Instead of telling yourself, your friends and family that you’re on a “diet” just say that you are improving your nutrition by making better food choices. That has a much more positive impact on your conscious and subconscious mind and those around you.
2. “Diet Food” usually tastes like cardboard because in most cases, you are eating it out of a cardboard box. Ditch the “diet food in a cardboard box”. Eating REAL foods that doesn’t come in a cardboard box is not only healthier for you, but is much more flavorful. You can be eating mouth -watering metabolic fat burning meals that are quick and easy to prepare such as Asian Turkey Burgers, High Protein Blueberry Pancakes, Ginger-Soy Grilled Salmon, with Lemon-Ginger Broccoli, Fajitas and much more.
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3. Diets are NOT sustainable. They are very temporary and short term which is why most diets fail you. Making better nutritional choices is sustainable and not only are you eating more foods and not severely restricting your food intake and choices, you’re not left feeling hungry and deprived. I call that a win-win.
4. When you’re eating real, whole, foods that nourish your body, takes the complication and “work” out of keeping track of calories. I know you’ve heard the saying that a calorie is a calorie but I disagree with that. It’s not just a matter of how many calories you’re eating, it what kind of calories you’re eating. Think of it this way…. is a 100 calorie snack pack of cookies the same 100 calories as a grilled chicken breast with broccoli and a sweet potato?
I can honestly tell you that I have never kept track of my caloric intake, how many grams of fats, carbs or protein I consume a day. And…. more importantly…. I don’t DIET. I EAT real foods that nourish my body.
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