Dieting Myths Revealed - Tips To Follow a Healthy
would like to discuss dieting myths and why this is an interesting
area when you think about dieting and how it works for weight management.
In North America and throughout the world, there are a lot of people
who think all they need to do in order to manage their weight and
get healthy is to go on a diet. Well, a diet really is a means to
an end. So, one of the things I like to communicate with people
the first time I meet with them is that dieting really isn't necessarily
the answer to long term weight management and overall health. While
there's a lot of diets out there that have some good points, they
are almost all unrealistic for long term success for most people.
I think it's important to be aware of the different diets out there
because they do have a lot of good points. Whether it's an Atkins
Style diet which emphasizes more protein or the Dean Ornish diet
that recommends cutting down on a lot of saturated animal fats and
focusing more on whole grains, fruits, veggies and legumes. The
South Beach diet suggests controlling the glycemic index of our
food intake while avoiding too many refined carbs.
There's a lot of solid points to many of these diets. However,
I don't think it's realistic when somebody just says they are going
to follow a certain diet and stick with only that diet for the rest
of their life. It's completely unrealistic and not really feasible
for most people. When it comes to dieting myths, keep in mind that
there's never one magical diet that works for everyone.
I'm going to cover two important things that I hope you remember
from this article. I learned these from my nutrition mentor, Dr.
John Berardi, and I want to pass them onto you. Number one, you
have to use an outcome based approach when you're dealing with your
nutrition. While one type of diet or nutrition plan can work very
well for someone, it might not work very well for someone else.
It's easy to read a magazine or a book or hear information from
a physician or a dietitian about how these certain foods may work
for people but if you tried this approach and it doesn't work for
you, then you need to take a different approach. Don't feel like
you're a failure if you don't succeed on that one specific type
The second thing when it comes to diets is to use the KISS method
and keep it simple, stupid. I think a lot of times you get bogged
down with the details like figuring out what the glycemic load of
a food is, or finding out how much saturated fat grams is in this
or that. There's so many different variables that we can worry about
and we really need to just take a step back along with a deep breathe
and not stress out so much. You might just try implementing a few
simple healthy additions to your eating plan like adding more whole
grains, increasing your legumes, keeping your protein intake up,
or just focusing on getting the most of your carbs from fruits and
veggies and building in some starchy carbs as well. This approach
seems to work very well for most people, so just try to keep your
nutrition plan very simple and stress free.
Another thing that completely bothers me about diet and nutrition
plans is not listening to hunger and satiety cues. We get so focused
on calories and fat grams that we shut off our hunger satiety red
flags and avoid eating when we need to. What good is that going
to do? If anything, it's going to lead to feelings of deprivation
and wreak havoc on your long term weight loss success. It's important
to use an outcome based approach with your nutritional planning
and keep it as simple as possible!