Why you should ditch dieting for good
7/21/2015 2:37 PM
I often hear patients say, “I need to go on a diet,” and I don’t think anyone ever needs to “go on a diet.” Diets are not sustainable, but lifestyle changes are.
I recommend making small, sensible changes over time.
Making gradual changes will lead to longer-lasting results. Yo-yo dieting messes with the metabolism, so people typically gain the weight they lose back, plus more.
Additionally, restricting entire food groups from your diet should never be an option. Saying that you’re never going to eat fat or carbs again just isn’t realistic.
If you feel tempted to go on a short-term diet, remember that making small adjustments is much easier than making drastic changes all at once.
Sensible options that you can maintain over a long period of time include:
• Vow to not drink soda every day. Save them for a special occasion.
• Make it a habit to check food labels for lower sodium options.
• Make an effort to go on a 30-minute walk twice a week.
About the Author:
Stephanie Burns is the Lead Clinical Dietitian at Central Texas Medical Center. Stephanie graduated Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2008. She completed her Dietetic Internship in 2012 at CTMC and became a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Stephanie chose her career path to learn how to enjoy food in a healthy way and hopes to share this knowledge with others.