Popular media besieges us every day with types of trendy diets, popularly known as designer diets.
There are stories about celebrities taking faddish diets with exotic –looking menus, and popular no-this and no-that (such as no-fruits-for –one-day) regimens peddled by publicity-conscious health and fitness stars.
But after a short period of not getting enough to eat or eating unappetizing food, most dieters give up.
The truth is that it’s the diets that are the failures, not the people who failed to follow them.
CARE FOR A REALLY “SAD” DIET?
The Standard American Diet, more commonly known as SAD, unfortunately consists of commercially-processed food products that virtually starve the body of nutrition and create various difficulties for the digestive system, which result in colon problems.
It’s already a fact that 905 of all human diseases and sickness come from a constipated colon. There is a direct link between constipation and age—it actually hastens the aging process.
Instead of improving health, trendy dieting can be counterproductive. Health statistics show that only 5-10% of those who diet and lose weight are able to maintain the loss for more than a short time.
The truth is, most dieters quickly regain the lost pounds, and end up heavier than when they started.
Diets often eliminate the real nutritious foods, thus promoting unhealthy eating habits.
Because they ignore the body’s natural need for real nutrition, the ability to respond appropriately to this normal internal signal is eventually lost.
A real, nutrition-based diet will encourage you to:
- Adopt normal eating patterns – normal eating means regular meals and one or two snacks a day to satisfy physical hunger. Healthful food choices provide variety, moderation and balanced nutrition. All foods can be part of healthy eating.
Respect the body’s signals of hunger and fullness by eating when hungry and stopping when satisfied. Normal eating also means eating more some days and less other, and trusting that your food intake will balance out over time. Finally, find non-food ways to cope with stress.
- Resolve to make a positive change for good health – any of these suggestions is a good place to start. Focus on taking one step at a time, as changing behavior and attitudes is difficult and takes time.
- Develop your own ideal body size, shape, or weight – people come in a variety of sizes and shapes and all can benefit from a healthy lifestyle. “there will always be tall, skinny people and short, stocky people.”Says Steven Blair of the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas. “What we can do is exercise regularly, follow good health practices, and live life to the fullest.” Each person is responsible for taking care of his or her body.
- Never go above 20% of your desired body weight – are you overweight by more than 20%? if so, you can expect many more health problems and a bigger chance of premature death. Do you best to lose all that extra baggage?
- Avoid caffeinated drinks – is your morning not complete without a cup of coffee? Then you’re addicted to caffeine, the popular stimulant found in coffee, chocolate products and soft drinks and which is a basically drug.Caffeine causes insomnia, accelerates the loss of bone minerals, and lead to tremors and palpitations.Carbonated drinks also erode tooth enamel because they contain carbolic and phosphoric acids. If you’re going to drink something, why not have something that is good for you?
- Avoid artificially-sweetened food as well as junk food – many commercial sweeteners actually send chemicals instead of sugar to your body. Junk food is rich—chemically rich! The only benefits go to the big food companies in the form of sales profits.