Healthy Eating vs Dieting
Most people think of healthy eating as a “diet”. That really couldn’t be farther from the truth."DIETING CAN MAKE YOU FAT". The vast majority of dieters eventually go back to their pre-diet weight or become heavier than they were before. Most people who start dieting will continue to do so, on and off, for the rest of their lives. If a range of foods is designated as forbidden, dieters feel guilty if they wander to these foods, which makes them feel worse about themselves. Dieting makes food the enemy, not a source of sustenance and well-being/fuel. So-called yo-yo dieting is bad for your health, your energy levels and ultimately your inner peace. If you suddenly reduce your food intake, your body, because it is designed for survival, will slow down your metabolic rate in order to store energy more efficiently. This is why people on a diet crave snacks like chocolate, which gives a quick boost to their energy levels, and why weight loss slows down dramatically after the first couple of weeks.
"Dieting" also is associated with increased food preoccupation, binge eating, and eating in the absence of hunger. Furthermore, dieting appears to be causally linked to both obesity and eating disorders (Haines & Neumark-Sztainer 2006). A large 3-year study that found that dieting is the most important predictor of new eating disorders (Patton et al 1999).
Healthy eating, also called "clean eating" doesn’t cut out food groups, deprive you of the calories needed to sustain your energy or have you eating shakes and bars all day. Healthy eating is about making good choices in the foods you put into your body. It’s about balance. And it’s about sustainability. Women respond well to clean eating and can sustain the habits they learn for a lifetime while eating the foods they enjoy and not depriving themselves.
I like to use the analogy of a car when discussing nutrition. Think of food as fuel for your body. Are you fueling up with super unleaded or regular? The types of food you eat are a good place to start when creating a life of wellness. Avoid highly processed foods with added sugar and preservatives. Choose lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. This means shopping the outside aisles of your grocery store. Prepackaged food like frozen dinners and boxed/canned meals will be loaded with added sugar, high quantities of sodium, hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Continue to follow this blog to learn more about each of the different food groups and how they effect your overall wellbeing.
Continuing with the car analogy…if your running on E all the time you're not going to be using the fuel efficiently. Your gas milage goes up when you eat smaller more frequent meals. Skipping meals is one of fastest ways to slow down your metabolism. When you skip meals, especially breakfast, your body begins to store fat and use muscle for energy. You begin to crave those high fat high sugar foods because your body is depleted of it glycogen store. I’m pretty sure none of us want that! Team Fit’s meal plans have you eating well balanced smaller meals every 2 1/2 - 3 hours. This will stabilize blood sugar and help to burn fat and build muscle. There are so many benefits to eating every 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Here are just a few:
Stabilize your blood sugar
Now lets discuss why most Americans choose processed food and skip meals. It’s lack of preparation. We all run around with kids, jobs and responsibilities that keep us very busy. So we
go to a drive though and grab something fast and on the go. Maybe we stop and pick up a pizza on the way home. Life is busy. But that doesn’t mean you should be sacrificing your health. Our busy lives put enough stress on our bodies we don’t need to be adding to that with poor diet. We need to create our own convenience by taking some time up front to prep for a few days.
We pride ourselves on teaching our women HOW to create meals that work for their busy lifestyles as moms, business professionals, traveling professionals and on vacations. Our online social media group provides a "THINK TANK" where women training with us share ideas, recipes, and solutions based on the principles we teach them! You can try to count calories or "fit it into your macros" in the airport, on the beach, at work or the ball park with your kids, its just not fun, or sustainable.
If you want real, sustainable meal plans that are easy to follow, designed to work around YOUR busy life, whole foods based, created by an all female team of Nutritionists and Dietitians, thats who we are and what we do. We've got you covered ladies....STOP dieting and START eating healthy so that YOU can learn, live and love your body!
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In our next blog, we will dive into and discuss some of the more "popular" diets on the market, IIFYM, Low Carb, Counting Calories/Points.
April is a Certified Nutritionist and Published Author, founder and creator of New Normal Lifestyle
Patton, G. C., et al. (1999). Onset of adolescent eating disorders: population based cohort study over 3 years. British Medical Journal, 318:765-768. [Free Full Text http://www.bmj.com/content/318/7186/765?view=long&pmid=10082698 ].