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."
- 7/28/2014 12:14:32 PM