I admit, I struggle with the "healthy lifestyle" concept. I agree with it in principle, but I don't believe that if your goal is to lose weight, that a healthy lifestyle is going to slim you down. Don't get me wrong. I totally agree that people should eat right and get the nutrients they need, but at the end of the day, it's still calories in/calories out.
If I need to lose weight, a healthy 2,000 calorie day isn't going to help me lose weight. It may improve my mood and nourish my body, but I am not going to lose. If my goal is to get to a healthy BMI, I am going to need to cut calories. The hard reality is that some of my favorite foods are calorie-dense, so if I cut calories I am going to need to eat those less often.
Anytime you need to eat something less often, you are still restricting yourself from mindlessly eating whatever you want, whenever you want which is what people with a weight problem tend to do. It's a change in behavior, a new habit. Some people characterize the adaptation of these newer, more calorie restricted habits as a "diet."
So, if I am required to limit my caloric intake to 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day to lose weight, a healthy lifestyle is not going to be enough to get me there. What it will do is give me the tools I need to build healthier habits, but to lose weight, I'm still going to need to make some tough food choices as well as exercise more often.
Agreed, it gets easier with time, but that's because I'm building better food habits that support a restricted caloric intake--not just "eating healthy."
The most important reason you are not losing weight could be a medical problem. In the situation described in this article, the first thing should be to see your doctor and find out if there is a medical reason for what is happening. After five years of not losing and changing doctors because none of them would listen to me, I've finally found a doctor who did listen. I'm now doing the same things I did before and with the help of the proper medication for my thyroid condition am losing weight--about 1 to 2 pounds a week.
80% diet, and 20% exercise, is really the way to lose weight. Too me, my diet, is just a healthy way of eating. I do resrict the processed foods, and sugar, as much as I can. I eat, lean meat, vegetables, fruit, berries, yogurt, salads...just stay away from unhealthy foods.
11/14/2013 12:42:44 PM
very interesting and informative topic - but I have to disagree with #1. the word DIET is not a bad word. I agree - The word itself does imply restrictions, limitations and there are alot of unhealthy fad diets that are just temporary fixes. However this is just ONE definition of a diet. Diet can also mean balance and creating a healthy way of eating. Sorry SP - but people who are trying to loose weight by creating a lasting healthy lifestyle are still considered being on a "DIET. a simplier and broader definition of this word would be " a particular selection of food". Following a diet could be associated with - knowledge of nutrition, eating certain foods in moderation, cooking and planning meals as well as learning about mantainence,stability and keeping cholesterol and BP levels down. If looking at it from this perspective, why is the word DIET always associated with something negative?
Exercise makes you stronger...think long term. Eating healthfully improves total health, long term. Find what works for you....always fruit and veggies, reduce processed foods. Losing 2 lbs a month is still success. Never give up!
OK, so I got 5 SP points, but other than that, I didn't feel I learned anything new. I have made many of these changes over the years, so I didn't start dieting and do a major overhaul, but I have exercised consistently since June and see nothing happen on the scale..... so it certainly is not as simple as cut back 3500 calories and you will lose 1 lb. it just doesn't happen that way....
What I need to do , is lay off eating so much bread ! I just love the stuff; and since I make homemade bread every other day of the week.....well, you get the picture. Thank you for this article, very informative !
I agree with FitArtist..... Way too many carbs! Even the so-called "Good" carbs quickly turn to sugar in the blood stream which then gets stored as fat if not quickly used up. It isn't until I cut back on the carbs that I will lose weight. Even then, it is cyclical and slow. I don't advocate extreme reduction as I need the fiber. So the carbs I eat are from leafy greens, low-glycemic veggies and high fiber, organic grains and beans. Minimal wheat, corn or soy as these are most likely to be GMO and chemical laden.
This is in response to: "Researchers at Harvard University showed that almost all obesity and the inability to lose weight today is caused by inflammation from processed foods, this is genetically passed down to the children ( causing our childhood obesity crisis) Inflammation is the reason 80% of diets fail few diets can reverse our modern day inflammatory weight gain. "
I do not doubt that processed or fast food is a poor choice. However, I live in a very rural area of the Northwest, work on my ranch and I eat only food I cook at breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can assure you I have zero processed foods or fast foods (not even available within 100 miles) within my diet. I raise my own beef, chicken, eggs, pork. I do not fry. I use olive oil. I rarely use sugar. I have a huge -- nearly an acre - vegetable garden. I don't drink milk. I am, because of my lifestyle, very physical, active. And yet, it is difficult for me to lose weight, weight I cannot believe I gained in the first place. I do have hypothyroidism which I am being treated for.
I don't think it's as simple as what you are reporting. At the very least, it would be interesting for scientists to look at rural farmers/ranchers as we do seem to live forever (thankfully that is an exaggeration) with good health, which I believe comes from an active lifestyle, but I know of no farmer/rancher that eats processed/fast food as we have little access to it and plenty right off our own land.
i really agree about the processed snacks, i end up eating 4 baggies of 100 calorie snacks, so instead, i have an apple with some peanut butter smeared on, or some cottage cheese with a half a peach. exercise has become the biggest obstacle for me, but im working on it.
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