Friday, January 17, 2014

Diet Tip #12: Don't Diet to Lose Weight

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Mediterranean Diet Pyramid/Courtesy
If you're looking for an overall approach to eating, try the Mediterranean Diet.  It's so easy to adopt and a realistic way to eat, not diet, for a lifetime.

To succeed at losing weight, don't diet. 

What does this mean?  First and foremost, studies show that if you do radical changes to lose weight in a short period of time, you're probably going to fail.

Instead, adopt a different approach to eating.  Simple as that.  A quick change will not result in longterm weight loss.  Focus on making smart food decisions that your grandmother told you to do:
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits
  • Limit the amount of sugar and processed foods you consume 
  • If you can't pronounce, don't eat it
  • Don't drink your calories water and herbal tea are your friends
This is all easy to do.  You can still enjoy your favorite indulgences (cheese fries, pizza, hamburgers) once or twice a week, not once or twice a day. 
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