The word diet can either mean what you sit down to eat at any given meals or restricting food intake for either health reasons or to lose weight. Unfortunately, most people looking to lose weight go on restrictive diets as opposed to eating a healthy diet coupled with making a few lifestyle changes.
Restrictive diets are not necessarily a bad thing, but over the years some fad and crash diets have cropped up. Most of these crash diets promise quick and fast weight loss, but most do not offer long-lasting weight loss and some even come with health implications.
Here are some of the reasons why you should not go on a diet and instead incorporate healthy eating into your weight loss regime.
Feed Your Body
The problem with restrictive fad diets is that most of them end up depriving your body of the nutrients it needs. Most fad diets involve excluding certain foods, or even entire groups of foods, to achieve the promised fast and quick weight loss.
The body needs all the macro nutrients including proteins, fats, minerals, carbohydrates, water, vitamins, and fibers to maintain regular functions. Depriving the body of certain nutrients causes deficiencies, and it often leads to adverse health implications if an individual continues the diet for prolonged periods of time.
The key is to reduce your portions and swap out processed foods for wholesome, nutritious foods.
Go The “Low” Option Instead Of Excluding Entire Food Groups
Fad diets eliminate certain foods or entire food groups based on the perceived perception that these foods cause weight gain. For instance, some exclude carbohydrates entirely while other exclude fats. To reiterate, your body needs every source of nutrient to carry out regular functions at an optimal rate.
A go-in-between is to go the low-calorie route as opposed to entirely excluding food groups. For instance, you could go low-carb or low-fat based on your particular weight loss needs.
However, even with the low-calorie option of dieting, it is important to maintain a nutrient balance. What it means is that you should still make sure that you are consuming all nutrient groups in the right amounts depending on your weight loss goals.
Learn What Healthy Eating Means And What It Is Not
Everything that carries the “healthy” label is not out rightly the best option for weight loss. Healthy eating means balancing the intake of the different food groups and maintaining a caloric balance.
Every meal should incorporate the recommended food groups in adequate portions. The recommendation is to have half of your plate filled up with vegetables and fruits, a quarter of it with lean proteins and the other quarter with whole grains.
Whether your goal is weight loss or just maintaining your weight, you will want to pay close attention to your caloric balance. To lose weight, you will want to reduce your daily calorie intake within a healthy range and add in some physical activity to the equation. To maintain your weight, you will want to eat a similar amount of calories to what your body burns daily.