Let’s face it. At one point or another, we all have thought about changing our diet. Some of us have even gone ahead and made that change and even stuck to it while others have given up half way and gone back to their regular diet. The reason that many don’t stick to their new diet and end up reverting to their regular diet is that they don’t understand or give enough thought to what they are actually doing.
Changing your diet is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. One should be extremely careful while making strict, and sometimes extreme, diet changes. Eliminating certain foods or even groups of foods can have drastic effects on one’s body and it is not advised to subject your body such drastic changes.
Now getting to the point– if you are planning on changing your diet, there are some things that you need to consider before getting into it:
Desire Health over Vanity
First and foremost rule in dieting is health over vanity. Yes, there are some professionals who have to look at their best and they at times put appearance over health. But, this is not true for all of us. Not all of us have to sport a size zero body. Hence, the utmost priority must be your health. Embark on a diet with the desire to be healthy and external appearance will follow good health.
Yes, exercise and healthy eating are old news and not cool enough but they work every time. Do not go into a new diet expecting immediate results. If you are, then you are either doing it wrong or following an unhealthy, impractical diet. Go for the long haul and you will see amazing results.
You Need To Cut Carbs – Well, Not True…
If you reduce the intake of carbohydrates, then you will find yourself at a loss of energy and feel tired even performing the simplest of tasks. You will lose your ability to concentrate, focus and retain information. Also, there are certain carbohydrate-rich foods that are also a good source of iron. Hence, cutting on carb-intake can also lead to irregular periods and fatigue. In the long run cutting on foods that are rich in carbohydrates is not sustainable.
All Calories are bad – Absolutely Not
This is where most people get it wrong. A 1,500 calorie fast food diet is absorbed by our body very differently than a 1,500 calorie produce-heavy, unprocessed, clean diet. All calories are not equal. So, observe where you are getting your calories from. If you are getting it by too much snacking or by eating at restaurants, then you need to stop it. A chef in a restaurant cooks the meals for all customers uniformly, irrespective of whether the customer is 18 years old or 60 years old. The size of the portion for all customers is going to be the same. So, this is where you have to be smart. Just because you need to consume 1,500 calories a day does not mean that it is the same as consuming 1,500 calorie restaurant food.
If you need to slash calories, do it smartly. Choose healthy foods and always remember to keep an eye on the portion sizes. Remember that special treats are a special treat and are not meant to be consumed daily. Remember the calories are directly related to your metabolism and cutting on calories results in lower metabolism.
It’s not fashionable To Be a Vegetarian – WRONG…
Giving up meat is not a bad thing at all. In fact it can have a profound positive effect. Yes, there was a time when eating meat was not only good but also necessary. It was the main source of protein. It’s not the case anymore. By being smart you can easily get your daily protein requirement from vegetarian food. Another important factor to consider is that farm animals today are not raised the same way as they were a few generations ago. Today, they are mass produced in large numbers in confined spaces wherein they are vulnerable to diseases. If you have ever wanted to give up meat, then just go right ahead. You can get many of the necessary nutrients available in meat such as protein, minerals and vitamins from other sources such as nuts, legumes and eggs.
You Should Go Dairy-Free – Nope, Definitely Not…
Going dairy-free is definitely not a good idea, especially when you are young. Dairy products are rich in vitamin D and calcium, the lack of which may cause osteoporosis, osteopenia and fragile bones. You will not be able to build solid bone mass, which will you make vulnerable to fractures in your older years.
Sounds Fishy? Then It Definitely Is…
Finally, if something sounds too fantastic to be true, then it definitely is. So, do not go for diet programs that promise you great results in a very short period of time. There is no quick way to better health, or at least a quick sustainable way to better health. If you find something is fishy about a diet program, then stay away from such diets.