Rehabilitating the 'D' word
Friday, October 09, 2015
I see a lot of posts on the message boards about the D word ( diet ). Many people chime in that diets are no good and you need a lifestyle change. By the way I agree with this sentiment, but people who are new to eating healthy in general may not know what to do.
Diets fill a need here. I also see a lot of posts eschewing 'Fad' diets. Unfortunately to many people a fad diet is any diet they wouldn't personally follow. Diets set ground rules for eating. In most diet plans the emphasis is on eliminating or reducing processed foods and sugar, whether they be in the more traditional My plate or on the other end the lower carb and paleo/primal type diets. As long as the emphasis is on real food and not processed food have at it in my view.
Now while following the rules of the given diet gives us a start, at some point each of us has to make it our own. If you are six months in and still following the meal plans that the book laid out it may be time to branch out a little. Try a new veggie. Try a new protein source. This is where the lifestyle change comes in.
Convincing yourself that you can eat any foods you like but you choose not to eat that tub of ice cream not because the diet book says not to but you care more about yourself than to do it.
So in summary definitely change your lifestyle but when you are starting out commercial diet plans can be a great resource to get started learning about nutrition and healthy living.