If all you ever hear is “diets don’t work,” it’s easy to become discouraged about trying to lose weight. You even may have tried a few fad diets yourself and gained first-hand experience with their long-term ineffectiveness. But that doesn’t mean there is no hope in controlling your weight. What it may mean is you’re ready to forget about fad diets and turn to the research on what does work for weight management. Here’s a short recap of some of the latest findings that can help, including related weight loss tips.
As you read this, it’s a good bet that within the last few weeks you have been reading all about how to overhaul your diet in 2018. New Year’s resolutions about changes in eating seem to have become part of the modern rituals of the beginning of a new year.
This year I want to teach you something that may help you not only lose a few pounds, but also help you acquire a skill that I believe has been lost in the middle of the journey. This “lost skill” is part of the problem that got some of us into trouble with our day to day eating habits. I would like to teach you the art of menu planning, which can help you enjoy more family time and master a skill that you can pass on to the next generation.
The beginning of a new year is the time when many people make resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle.
Are you among those who are determined that “this is the year I’m going to start an exercise plan and eat healthier!”? Without a doubt you are one of millions who are mentally geared up and excited about kicking off 2018 with a healthy lifestyle plan.
While you may not like it, exercise – regular physical activity – is an important crucial component of your plan. The benefits of an exercise plan are many, even during cold weather. “Exercise boosts your immunity during cold and flu season. Just a few minutes a day can help prevent simple bacterial and viral infections,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a registered dietitian, there are certain reoccurring themes that I observe this time of year. In December, it’s all about enjoying the holidays (as it should be!) and eating the festive (and often indulgent) foods that go along with them. Come January, it’s common to want to get back on track, start a diet, and ring in the New Year with healthy habits. As February and March roll around, it becomes more common to get sick of said diet, feel deprived of certain foods, and totally throw in the towel on those healthy habits.
This pattern typically continues throughout the year – the beginning of spring sparks the diet mentality again, and by the end of the summer, that diet might be over. Even though it may be common, it’s also flat out exhausting to start and stop dieting like this year after year. What if I told you that there’s a way to end this cycle – a way to put the brakes on this dieting rollercoaster once and for all? This is the foundation of the work I do with the clients I counsel. Keep reading to learn how you can not only start 2018 on a healthy note, but also stop dieting for good.
You will soon ring in the New Year after surviving another holiday season filled with parties, from soup to nuts festive meals, and plenty of decadent cookies. Excellent! But, let me guess: you will have packed on a few more pounds and you’ll be on the lookout for the latest, greatest “eat this, don’t eat that,” restrictive diet to lose weight. Like so many other consumers, you'll want to take off those pesky pounds (aka “holiday weight gain”) and other pounds you’ve accumulated over the years.
Most of us have repeated this cycle more times than we’d like to admit. That’s because it can be hard to stick to a diet, eat healthfully and lose weight, particularly in our food-focused, convenience driven world.
No worries, no guilt. Don’t beat yourself up!