Eating As A Way Of Life

Eating As A Way Of LifeThe word diet has come to mean “a magical eating formula that will transform your body in no time with no effort”. I’m being contrite, but I’ve no doubt you know what I mean.

Interestingly, the word diet comes from Greek and means “a manner of living” or “a way of life”, which is really how it should be treated today.

But given the abundance of strong emotion regarding weight, thinness and attractiveness in our consumerist society, it’s not surprising marketers have found it easy to sell the “diet” concept as a pot-of-gold at the end of a magic rainbow.

In reality, it has to be “a way of life” if you are going to sustain your results. And it has to be a “manner of living” if you are to achieve your results in the first place.

Meaning, don’t design a diet of nothing but cabbage soup because you will never be able to incorporate nothing but cabbage soup as a “way of life” (the Cabbage-Soup Diet is a real thing, I didn’t just make that up!).

You need real food, that you can eat every day for the rest of your life to first achieve dramatic weight loss and then maintain your ideal weight.

It’s not as difficult as you may think. But it does require a commitment to eating healthy, real foods like those in the chart above.

Can you ever enjoy a pizza again? Of course you can, I do.

And I don’t mean some kind of “healthy-pizza”… I mean good-ol’ Italian pizza with cheese.

But I don’t do it often.

Most of my meals are made from real, unprocessed, highly nutritious foods. And I love my meals.

Not because I’m some kind of health-nut but because they taste great. Full of juice, texture, flavor AND life. Yes life, the living essence of natural foods which is sadly snuffed-out during processed food manufacturing.

How to Choose Which Foods To Eat

Choosing the right foods is half the battle. Even if you persist with other bad eating habits like over eating, skipping meals or eating late at night, you can still lose a lot of weight by eating the right foods.

Now I didn’t just give you permission to continue with those bad habits, I’m just making a point. If you get rid of those other bad eating habits AND eat the right foods your results will be amazing… I’m living proof of that.

We’ve already discussed briefly which foods you should keep in your pantry and which you should toss in the trash (or preferably donate to a soup kitchen), now let’s get more specific.

We know from the Eating Commandments that you should aim for foods which have high nutrition and low glycemic load (GL).

Say “No” to Dieting Gimmicks

There are ‘spike’ diets, ‘reward and reinforce’ diets, ‘metabolic typing’ diets and much more but all these philosophies have elements I’m just too uncomfortable with.

The benefit of using of these ‘gimmicks’ is it’s great for your marketing. You can say it’s a ‘revolutionary’ new way to eat that will strip your body down and so on. And the companies selling these diets use that ‘uniqueness’ as one of their key selling points…

… but that’s just the problem. I feel these eating philosophies are included not because they will be of the greatest benefit to you but more because it makes the product so much easier to sell.

Most Fad Diets Have No Supporting Scientific Evidence

There is just too much scientific evidence placing doubt over there efficacy. In fact most of the biggest fad diets are completely lacking in scientific evidence and there is even evidence showing they cause health complications and can be downright dangerous.

Most Fad Diets Are Not Sustainable

Here is what makes me most uncomfortable of all… these eating philosophies are not sustainable. That is, it is very unlikely you’ll keep eating that way forever because of the effort it takes and their impractical design.

Eating should be a wonderful event that you enjoy without too much hassle about how you do it. For example, eating mostly meats and fats which some diets recommend is not only unhealthy it’s also a depriving you of so much of the wonderful palette of food choices nature offers.

And what about a diet where you eat less than you want for 2 days and then only eat enough to be satisfied on the third day? Is that the way you want to eat for the rest of your life? I’m betting your answer is “No way!”

I agree with you, I couldn’t eat that way forever and I would never expect anyone else to.

So the question begs:

“What do I do after I stop eating according to these gimmicky dieting philosophies?”

Sadly, all these fad diets have no answer for you. The inevitability is, if you did manage to lose any weight, you’re going to put it all back on again if you don’t have an eating philosophy you can maintain for the rest of your life.

And that fact is more than amply supported by mountains of evidence proving successful long-term weight loss is extremely rare.

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avatar About the Author: Muz Hughes is a regular single dad that has cracked the code to fast and long term weight loss. His 4-Step Formula is not a diet but a lifestyle, a sustainable way of living that results in the body you want and greater health and happiness from just 4 simple steps.

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