“Skip the diet. Just eat healthy.”
Anyone who is on a fitness or weight loss journey has heard this saying a time or two. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t roll my eyes each and every time I read it.
Although that saying makes life sound so simple, the way society is set up today has made things much harder than what it should be.
The word “diet” is defined as a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons. A lot of people, including myself, don’t know the true meaning of dieting. Until now, that is 🙂
In my own quest to lose weight and get healthy, I have finally reached the point where I ask this question: “Why should I restrict myself every single day just to be healthy?” Dieting should not be about restriction. As a matter of fact, the word “diet” should just be thrown out of the dictionary and labeled as a forbidden word. Yes, it’s that serious.
But seriously though, just think about. What good is it to go through life constantly worrying, counting, tracking, and measuring or logging every carb, fat, calorie, etc.? By doing that, I literally see a person handcuffed to their phone, journal, or tablet multiple times a day to log everything. I’m stressed out just by thinking about it, LOL!
Now, don’t get me wrong, if you are just starting your weight loss journey, by all means, logging may be the best idea for you to use until you can get accustomed to a new way of living. But PLEASE, don’t adapt to it and feel as though you must stay there. Because this is supposed to be a healthy lifestyle and NOT a diet, remember?
And since we’re on the subject, why do we diet? Better yet, why are we TRICKED into dieting?
More than 80% of Americans are tricked into dieting. Major well-known companies are constantly trying to sell us products that harm our overall health and teach us nothing. Most companies only make sales by promoting rapid weight loss pills or teas and deceiving us to believe something is wrong with our bodies if we have a little extra body fat.
But allow me to possibly be the first person to tell you this; THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUR BODY. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Of course, you may have extra body fat that you would like to decrease, but still, there is nothing about the way you look that screams unattractive. Point. Blank. Period.
I would love to see the same major companies have a company meeting and say “You know what. Let’s roll out something different for society. Instead of making them feel even worse about themselves, let’s introduce them to a product that promotes true lifestyle change and self-love. They deserve that.”
Seems pretty far-fetched, right? Yeah, I think so, too. But a girl can dream and be hopeful, don’t you think?
I have been on a weight loss journey for a total of three years. Check it out here! But over the last six months, I have realized that I shouldn’t diet just to lose weight. We, as Americans, are constantly asking ourselves “What can I eat that will help me lose weight?” instead of “What can I eat that will help me FEEL good?” It’s almost as if we have everything backwards. Nowadays, everyone wants to diet in order to look like a model or some TV star. When in fact, we should be learning to eat for better health and love our bodies no matter the size.
Life AKA healthy lifestyle should not be about trying to look a certain way, keep up with “her”, or prove your ex significant other wrong for going separate ways. There should be happiness within this journey– mind, body, and spirit. Not constant stress, worry, or punishment for enjoying food you somehow along the lines deemed as “bad” every now and then.
The last few weeks of my healthy lifestyle journey have been filled with many treats due to several birthday celebrations and holidays. In the past, you would catch me on social media uploading a “Monday is a fresh start, blah, blah, blah” post. But not anymore.
Many people like the thought of starting over, I get it. But I also believe and stand firmly behind this thought: There are no fresh starts or do-overs when it comes to a true lifestyle journey. You may think otherwise, and that’s okay. But still, my feet remain planted on this one. It’s called “lifestyle journey” because there is no finish line. Therefore, you cannot go back to the starting point.
When you think of an actual marathon race, can you imagine someone starting off strong, but going back to the starting line just because they got tired or had to sit down for a while? No, not at all. They simply relax a bit and enjoy a nice stroll until they get back that stamina they had at the beginning of the race to keep going. And even when they fall while running and sit there for a while, you will never see or hear them say “Dang! Now I have to go back and start over, all because I fell!” They simply just keep going.
The same thing applies for your lifestyle journey. Gosh, I sure do hope you caught and understood my analogy. Just because you “fall off” or gain weight doesn’t mean you have to start over. If you think of it the way I explained, technically you can’t, anyway 🙂 All you have to do is get up, dust off, and keep chugging along. Because the main goal in life is to travel forward, not backwards, amiright??
Whether you are new to a weight loss journey or an old head like me trying to adapt a true lifestyle change, never give up. Ditch the diet, devote to making healthy, enjoyable changes, and seek happiness from the inside out. Don’t do things other people are doing just because they found results, especially if it brings you discomfort, boredom, restriction, or unhappiness. You are worth the change that your body desire and deserve. And as you remember that there is no finish line within this journey, don’t forget to enjoy a slice of cake while you’re at it.
Forever chugging along,