Written by: Tirule Roberts, 1st March 2021
Welcome to our diet home page. Usually when we think about dieting some of the following things comes to mind:
- Losing weight
- Starving ourselves
- Eating lots of vegetables or food we don’t enjoy
- Choosing the best diet method
First thing first, there isn’t a best diet method out there because every diet works. The reason why a diet might not work is down to the person doing it, excluding any medical conditions.
For any diet method or weight loss strategy to work, you got to get your mind right. Unfortunately, most people do it with the wrong state of mind because they focus on the looks instead of focusing on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Losing weight should be your result not your goal. Your goals should be to find a diet that you enjoy, being self discipline and consistent. Exercise regularly, learn about calorie deficit and healthy food; study your body to know what works for you and what doesn’t and get a good night sleep every day.
The importance of a healthy lifestyle
- Living longer
- Reducing the risk of health conditions like diabetes, stroke and some types of cancer
- Looking after your mental health
- Making your bones strong
- Weight loss
- Make your immune system healthy
As mentioned earlier, the most important thing is finding a diet or weight loss strategy that you enjoy only then you will be able to stick to it. However, so much is said about weight loss that it’s hard to sort facts from lies. Below are answers to some common weight loss myths.
To lose weight or be healthy you have to eat vegetables or food you don’t enjoy
This is wrong, you can get the nutrients your body needs from so many enjoyable food and fruit you just have to know what to eat.
As long as you eat healthy you will lose weight
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume this is call being in a calorie deficit. You can achieve this by eating less and moving more.
Adults should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity. For example walking, cycling, swimming or going to the gym.
You can eat as healthy as you want but if you’re eating more than you burn you will gain weight.
Starving is the best way to lose weight
Crash diets are unlikely to result in long-term weight loss. In fact, they can sometimes lead to long term weight gain.
The problem is this type of diet is too hard to maintain. You may also be missing out on essential nutrients as crash diets can be limited in the variety of food consumed. Your body will be low on energy, and may cause you to crave high-fat and high-sugar foods which can lead to binge eating.
Drinking water helps you lose weight
Water does not cause you to lose weight, but it does keep you hydrated and might help you snack less. Water is essential for good health and wellbeing. Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger – if you're thirsty you may snack more.
Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight
Skipping meals is not a good idea. To lose weight and keep it off, you have to reduce the amount of calories you consume and increase the calories you burn through exercise. But skipping meals altogether can result in tiredness and may mean you miss out on essential nutrients. You will also be more likely to snack on high-fat and high-sugar foods, which could result in weight gain.
Healthier foods are expensive
If you try replacing ingredients with healthier alternatives, you'll probably find your meals will work out costing less.
For example, choosing cheaper cuts of meat and mixing it with cheaper alternatives such as beans, pulses and frozen veg will make it go further in casseroles or stir-fries.