From fad diets to fatty foods, nutrition and weight-loss explored
Nutrition and weight-loss have been hot topics for decades. In fact, ask most women about these topics and you’ll find they’re trying something to either improve their nutritional intake or lose weight.
Fad diets, high protein, low fat, low carb, no carb, banting (low carb, high fat), diet pills, meal replacement shakes, detoxes, cleanses and juicing are just a few of the many things most of us have tried in an attempt to lose weight or shed those last few kilograms.
The trouble, however, comes in when we try to find the balance between being healthy and looking good. Your crash diet may have lost you five kilogrammes in two weeks, but is it healthy? And more importantly, is it sustainable? The answer is generally no, and you are more likely to pack the weight back on and then some.
The word ‘diet’ means to restrict oneself from certain foods or to restrict the amount of food consumed in order to lose weight… Doesn’t sound too exciting, does it?
It’s not, so why not consider stepping away from restriction and into nutrition.
Nutrition and weight-loss should go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other, just like you can’t have a cupcake without icing because that’s just a muffin and muffins are healthy, right? Wrong.
This is where the issue lies. We are so quick to diet and detox on the daily, that we actually know so little about real nutrition, our bodies and health, as well as how to balance these to achieve the desired results in a healthy way.
The challenge comes in when you have to try and find a practical and effective weight-loss plan that works for you as an individual. What works for your sister, brother, colleague or friend, might not work for you at all and even result in weight gain rather than loss.
The point is this, each person is made differently. But somehow, we are so quick to jump on the bandwagon of fad diets and crash courses in eating less nutritional meals in our attempts to shed the weight we hate, hoping that one of the these will be our magical solution to battling the bulge. When in actual fact, you should be adopting an eating plan that is nutritional, healthy and good for you, to suit your specific lifestyle and routine so that it is sustainable over the long term because this is the key to lasting results.
Finding your own individual eating plan that achieves results may take a few trial runs with late-night burger cravings and lunch-time sweet-shop buys, but eventually you will be able to kerb the cravings when you find how to give your body all that it needs. When this happens, you’ll have more energy, more strength, improved health and feelings of well-being.
What it comes down to is, being healthy and reaching a sustainable weight, is not about how many calories you can cut, juices you can press or fat-burning teas you can drink.
It is about adapting to a healthy lifestyle on an ongoing basis as opposed to a two-week so-called ‘miracle meal plan’ or diet. You need to figure out what works for you, what your body performs at its best with, and fuel it with the right stuff, the good stuff.
In this section of MyMed, we discuss various aspects of nutrition and weight-loss so that you can make educated and informed decisions that will benefit your overall health.