You probably started this year, just like every other year, with a resolution to diet. How many days did it take before you struggled with those New Year's Resolutions, or gave up on them altogether? Uh-huh. I thought so. Don't feel too badly. It's not your fault. By going on yet another diet, you were setting yourself up for failure before you even started.
But I want you to know that you CAN lose weight. You CAN do your best to avoid deadly, diet-related diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain cancers. And you will always be able to enjoy all of your favorite comfort foods--you do not have to deny yourself anything--simply by making over your favorites into their healthiest possible versions!
I don't believe in making that annual diet resolution or dieting in general for that matter, because dieting leaves people feeling deprived, and deprivation is the leading cause of dieter drop-out and junk food binges. They want an overnight solution--the pill, the gadget, the fad food diet that will help them lose 30 pounds by next week. They are not happy with the news that gradual lifestyle change is what really works.
People also tend to take an all or nothing view of food. That there are only good foods and bad foods. I'm being good when I have a salad and I am being bad when I am having a cheeseburger. That's simply not true! I can be virtuous eating a cheeseburger or buffalo wings, if they have been given a healthy makeover. And as a health coach, food makeover specialist and author, that's what I advocate--not denying yourself any of your favorite comfort foods, just learning to make them over into the healthiest versions possible.
We're a nation of dieters and obsessed with our weight and dress or pants size, when in reality the most important numbers we can focus on our the ones our doctors give us that tell what's going on inside our bodies--our blood pressure, our good and bad cholesterol levels, our blood sugar, our triglycerides. While it's great to be at an optimal weight, a woman could be a size 2 with cholesterol that is off the charts and be at greater risk for a heart attack than someone who is an average size 12.
Don't despair. I was just like you. I finally succeeded because I did not try to force myself to eat things I didn't like. I found ways to convert all of my favorite foods to their healthiest possible versions, so I lost nothing--except 20 pounds--and I gained energy, improved health and control over my eating habits for the first time in my life!
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