With summer coming, I know many of us have weight loss (and bathing suits) on our minds. I believe in changing your lifestyle, increasing exercise, and limiting "bad" foods rather than dieting. I think dieting has short-term success but actually changing your way of eating, thinking, and your activities can last for a long time and really make an impact. To further my point, I looked for some reasons NOT to diet:
Risks of Restrictive Dieting
Temporary weight loss
Rebound weight gain
Poor athletic performance
Impaired mental functioning
Serious health risks
Those sound like pretty good reasons to improve your lifestyle rather than go on a crash diet to lose extra pounds!
I agree dieting in the way it's presented in most marketing today is not the way to go. However, a well balanced diet (as word is defined) is what we need education in implementing. How to eat healthy overall, is a tough order to fill each and every day. Even with knowledge, I find myself tempted and unbalanced in achieving a good diet for myself and family.
Achieving proper nutrition is tough when we are filled with an abundance of foods and treats all the time. I just came across another thread that shows families weekly food choices around the world. Here it is. It's really fascinating.
It was interesting to see that really families around the world aren't all that different, with the exception of some very expensive grocery bills (one famly had a one week bill of $500!) and one very meagre bill (Aboubakar family.) There were a few oddities we wouldn't see here (pig's knuckles.) I wonder if the follow-up instalment will analyze the nutrition content of each family's choices?