Today is the first official day of summer! That means that it’s beach season again, time to go on that new fad diet again…or is it??? Are you tired of dieting again and again and again with no real results? I have some news for you that the dieting industry doesn’t want you to know:
The thing about fad diets is when you drastically reduce the amount of food you eat, your body thinks it is starving. As a compensation for when you get into “starving mode” your body converts everything you eat into fat, which is much easier for the body to break own than muscle. so now, even though you are only eating 600 calories a day of cabbage, it is all being stored as far. Diets that eliminate carbohydrates or other groups of foods may show results initially, but you will gain that weight back as soon as you begin to eat them again. Completely eliminating certain food groups from your diet is NEVER a good idea. The body needs nutrients from all the groups of the food pyramid to function properly.
Key To Successful Weight Loss
The key to successful weight loss, to getting it off and keeping it off, is a lifestyle change. This means eating sensibly and making good choices. Now does that mean you can never have french fries or Krispy Kreme again? No. It just means that if you have a burger and fries for lunch, you should have a lighter dinner that night. Try to balance your daily meals so that you do not have a large amount of calories on any given day. Moderation is key. Smaller portions and healthier choices are the way to go.
There is one more component to weight loss that people cnostantly over look. (It involves math, so stay with me).
Weight Loss = Calories Consumed – Calories Burned
In short, if you eat less and exercise more, you will lose weight. For a healthy lifestyle you need to include an exercise program. Exercise has many benefits. It will increase your muscle mass, which will in turn increase your metabolism. This mean you will burn more calories with everything you do, even when you are watching TV! Exercise will also increase your muscle tone and help maintain your skin’s elasticity. This will help prevent flaps of skin from remaining around your body once the weight is lost. Exercise can be fun. The important thing is to do what you enjoy. Go for a walk, ride a bike, swim, roller blade, ta-chi….whatever your passion. The key is to find an activity that you enjoy and will stick with. Finding an exercise buddy will also help you stay motivated.
A physical therapist can help you develop an exercise program to fit your needs. This is especially important if you have a current or have a history of pain/injuries in the past. It is very easy to do the wrong exercises and exacerbate injuries while exercising if unsupervised. Be sure to consult your doctor or therapist before you begin any exercise program if you have any medical conditions or previous injuries that may prohibit your participation.
For more information on starting healthy eating habits or a new exercise program, contact your doctor or physical therapist for more information!