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Dieting with a Positive Twist

Advice from SparkGuy

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By Chris

Quick, when you think of the word ‘diet,’ what pops into your mind? Someone hovering over an all-lettuce salad, using a stopwatch to count the time until the next permitted bite? If this sounds familiar, then it’s important to know that this is not the way to get healthy. In fact, it’s the complete opposite; getting healthy is fun!

For many of us, getting healthy means giving up all the foods we like to eat and starving ourselves for long stretches throughout the day. Of course that would not be a pleasant experience. If you are dreading each day while you are on a so-called ‘diet,’ then what’s the point? Getting healthy, though, has to do with much more than eating right – it’s about simple things that you will enjoy.

Every little bit counts; even activities that you think have nothing to do with your health count. Walking around the neighborhood, talking to friends and family on the phone, setting goals, reading - these are all activities that will help you in your quest to get healthier, all while keeping you positive.

Sure, you may have to watch out for some foods in your diet, but it’s more important to simply incorporate healthy foods – fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates – into what you eat. At the same time, exercise does not have to be a rigorous, three-hour workout. The key is finding exercise you enjoy, such as playing racquetball, riding a bike or throwing a football.

And that’s just the point – getting healthy is something to enjoy, not to detest. Getting healthy is not something you should look at as a chore; it’s something that can be a fun and great experience. It can a positive experience that will not be a short-lived fad, but a new way of life for you.

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  • This article couldn't say better how I feel. I have been struggling with my weight for the last 2 years - after I give birth to my daughter - and it just didn't work and gave up. Came back a couple of weeks ago feeling different and the article says it all : it doesn't feel like a chore this time; my mind is at the right place. - 2/5/2014 8:57:11 AM
  • NIECY211
    great article. DIET should not be looked at as forbidden or a bad word or something your do that's associated with restrictions and deprivation. All diets are not created equal. learn how to recognize common fad diets which teaches you nothing about nutrition as well as unhealthy and temporary. As long as your diet has balance, lots of fiber from whole grains and fesh fruits, you are learning about preparing a variety of healthy meals, and it offers a good maintenence program a diet should be something you look forward to being on - because it's one way in life of becoming healthier! - 8/8/2013 12:50:46 PM
  • I agree, I constantly tell people I am not on a "diet" I'm trying to cook and eat healthier. As was said, it seems their attitude changes to the positive then. i guess people have negative ideas about "diets" - 1/9/2013 10:28:56 PM
  • The word "diet" simply refers to what a person or animal regularly consumes, so if we focus on a healthy, balanced "diet" we don't have to feel like we are "on a diet". When I am asked if I am "on a diet", I have stared to say, "No, I am trying to eat healthier." It changes how people react. - 1/9/2013 4:49:20 PM
  • Really liking this! Eating better, and continuing with my Zumba class and faithfully taking my multivitamn. Super way of keeping track of calorie intake!! Thanks to you.:] - 1/9/2013 11:36:14 AM
  • BOUQUETMOMMA
    I feel like this article should not have been as big of an AH-HA moment as it was. The thought that to go on a 'diet' does not necessarily mean thinking of things to stop eating, but adding healthy choices in. DUH! I have NEVER thought of it like that. I always dread diets. Now, instead I have a goal! Add one good thing in a week!! - 1/9/2013 11:35:56 AM
  • DMATTISON
    When I first began this journey I would have been one of those who dreaded the "diet". But I have learned that getting fit, looking better getting slim has been a wonderful experience. I have learned to cook healthier food and have learned that it's easier than my old ways of cooking. That's mainly because cooking healthy usually means fresh ingredients with little preparation and fussing. Just good, plain food with limited additions. It's both delicious and healthy. I also learned that walking every day increases my fitness but also lightens my mood, makes me feel accomplished and is fun. I have confidence now that I will maintain these healthy habits because they have become part of my daily routine. It didn't take a long time for that to happen and I am sure I'll be able to continue getting fitter, slimmer and healthier as time goes on. - 12/1/2012 7:43:55 PM
  • I love this! What great advice. My friend is currently on a carb-backloading diet (I think that's what you call it) and, although she has lost weight, I think that it's more important to focus on healthy eating than on eating only specific foods as specific times of day. Personally, my goal is to feel better about my eating habits, not to dread them/get bored of them! - 12/1/2012 2:32:57 PM
  • Is that salad photo supposed to be an example of a negative approach? Because it looks pretty tasty to me :) - 12/1/2012 9:29:11 AM
  • I agree with all of the above especially the beautiful gift that we can give to ourselves. My day is soo much better when I take a walk/jog and have a healthy breakfast. It sets the mode for the day. When I do more and eat less I feel better. It is a no brainer. Finally down 10lbs and more to come. - 10/12/2012 11:00:44 AM
  • I just have to get it through my cranium that I should only be consuming nutrients my body needs, not what I've learned to love. - 9/17/2012 9:35:31 PM
  • MANDELOVICH
    I love this! I get to take care of myself and I love doing it! - 9/17/2012 8:21:00 PM
  • The deprivation associated with dieting was a road block. Now I look forward to exploring new healthier foods and ways to move my body! - 9/17/2012 2:56:04 PM
  • Since changed my eating habits, eating 3 meals and snack, started walking, and started going to curves , I can already feel the changes in my body. It is not dieting it is living heathly, and I enjoy it. - 9/17/2012 1:59:24 PM
  • This article is what I ve always felt about diets they don't work! A healthy eating plan is what works. Love it! - 9/17/2012 1:09:11 PM

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