Never Diet – Change Your Lifestyle

July 16, 2008 at 8:23 pm 1 comment

NEWSFLASH:  Diets do not work.  There are no shortcuts!

At least no healthy ones, anyway.  Sure you can have some hack stick the business end of a Oreck in your gut or take enough appetite suppressants to wire your central nervous system but you will not be any healthier.  Diets do not work.  Diet is the key.  When you read of the latest diet you are not hearing about diet, you are hearing about a fad and none of them are healthy.

“What about the Mediterranean Diet,” you may ask, “Isn’t that supposed to be healthy?”  When the phrase Mediterranean Diet comes up it does not mean a weight loss program, it means the diet of the people of the Mediterranean Sea.

What they eat everyday of their lives and yes that is as healthy as you will ever find.  There are tons of studies that show us a lifetime commitment to eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and a decreasing emphasis on animal protein (fish first, then poultry, and finally beef/goat/lamb/dairy/etc.) and sugar is the way to go.  Add in the proper amount of exercise and you have the recipe for a healthy life.  Do not do this and nothing else you do is healthy.  Proper diet and exercise is the way to go.

But the endless cycle of weight loss/weight gain is worse for your body than toting around that spare tire.  Need to know more about the Mediterranean Diet?  Check out the American Heart Association’s research.

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  • 1. Joe Average  |  July 21, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Love this. Personally, if something contains the word “diet” in its name, my brain wants to throw it in the trash can and keep moving. That’s bitten me twice, but it’s been a good general heuristic.

    For myself, I didn’t need to change what I ate as much as change how much I ate… but I guess that’s technically a change in diet too. 😉


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