The no-dieting diet
23rd June, 20170 Comments
Written by: Andrew Latimer
This article is for anybody who is sick of fad diets.
Statistics have shown that the majority of dieters are able to stick to their eating plans for between 16 days and 13 weeks. Why? The idea of a diet is simple and unfortunately unsustainable. You follow a food plan, and while you stick to the script it works. You lose weight, until you lose willpower. And then you’re back to where you started.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You may tell yourself that you “lack the willpower” to stick to this long-term. The more narrowly focused you are on weight loss, the less fulfilling your life becomes. Rather than empowering your life, it tends to limit it. “Can’t do this”, “can’t do that” or “must avoid this” does this sound familiar? The more centred your life becomes on restriction, the more stressed and unhappy you feel day to day. Stress makes you feel hungrier and less full when you do eat. It can also have leverage over your decisions throughout the day.
What is a more sustainable long-term approach that works? The no-dieting diet. This approach focuses on what you should eat, rather than what you shouldn’t. The premise of the no-dieting diet is pursuing health rather than waging a war on your appetite. Have you ever found yourself not eating when you are hungry, and eating when you aren’t? Listening to your body is a good start. If you are hungry, eat. focus on positive action, rather than prohibiting certain foods or food groups.
Without trying to restrict yourself from anything, focus on increasing the following:
- Your water intake to > two litres per day
- Your fruit + vegetables aiming for five per day
- Your fibre (24 - 30g per day)
- Your activity levels (even five-ten minutes per day can make a huge difference if you have a sedentary lifestyle)
- The time it takes you to finish a meal. It takes 20 minutes to feel full. Slowing down the setting and eating more mindfully can help you become more aware of when you actually feel full.
If you begin to follow these tips you may just notice that the choices you make begin to change. Your health will certainly improve, and life will become more fulfilling than your typical diet.
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