As I continue studying to take my Group Fitness Instructor exam, I realize that the world of physical fitness and nutrition go hand in hand. With this thought in mind, I’m always interested in learning about how individuals can use food as a medium to optimize wellness. Unfortunately, many people are not able to make use of food in a manner that promotes great health because of poor dieting habits. If you are attempting to lose weight or simply feel better, look out for these three factors that can sabotage your diet plan:
As an individual who has been on and off diets several times, I recognize how debilitating inconsistency in eating habits can be. In addition to precipitating rapid weight loss and gains that put unneeded strain on the body, quitting and restarting your diet over and over can lead to mood swings which can then reinforce negative thinking patterns about food. Since this is the case, you should strive to be consistent in whichever diet plan you adopt. (And the diet plan should be healthy, of course.)
2. You’re Not Satisfied.
Unfortunately, many people assume that they have to sacrifice taste in order to lose weight or get healthy. For this reason, they often gravitate towards diet plans that do not include the types of food they enjoy eating. This can be and often is a recipe for disaster. To increase the likelihood that you will stick to your diet plan and attain whichever goal you’re attempting to accomplish by doing so, opt for a diet plan that will permit you to eat the types of foods that will satisfy your mind and body. With this concept in mind, I have personally chosen a diet that permits me to eat copious amounts of my favorite fruit-bananas. Because bananas are low-calorie, I can eat several of them without gaining weight. And because I love their super sweet taste, I don’t suffer from feelings of mental or physical deprivation when I eat them.
3. Your Pantry.
One of the worst things you can do when you start a new diet is forget (or consciously choose not) to clean out your pantry. Although you may think it’s obsessive to get rid of all the unhealthy and nutritionally void food you were consuming in the past, it’s actually a prudent thing to do. Why? Because the old “out of sight, out of mind” adage is an accurate one. In short, removing unhealthy food items from your vicinity is a step towards the dieting success you’re in search of. In offering advice regarding how to clean out your pantry, Jillian Michaels advises you to “Dump everything you have that contains trans fats, artificial sweeteners, and high-fructose corn syrup.”
Individuals wh go on a diet should note that they can have success in doing so. Whether your goal is weight loss, a shapely physique, or greater health, modifying your food intake is definitely a medium through which you can realize these objectives. At the same time, however, you need to be aware of all the factors that can sabotage your attempt to reach your venerable goals. For this reason, think critically about whether you’re engaging in any of the behaviors listed above as you pursue the implementation of a new diet. Good luck!
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