Whether it’s to fit into a wedding dress or get ready fro a high school reunion, we usually favor the quick fix crash diet over a common sense eating plan.
The reality is that if we just stick to a healthy eating plan, we can completely eliminate the need for crash dieting. Let’s get into this by first establishing what the difference is between a diet and a healthy eating plan.
The word diet really just means everything that you eat and drink. The goal of any diet is to restrict our intake of food and beverages in an effort to lose weight. Some diets restrict carbohydrates, while other diets restrict calories. By focusing solely on restricting calories or carbohydrates, the plan is to either eliminate something from your eating routine, or to cut back on how much food you eat.
Healthy Eating Plans
As opposed to a diet, a healthy eating plan is a complete program which improves health via the quality of foods you eat. Rather than focusing on restricting or totally eliminating foods, a healthy eating plan educates you in regards to how food impacts your body so that you can make informed choices when it comes to eating.The focus will always be on eating well, not necessarily eating less.
There are five ways in which you can distinguish a fad diet from a healthy eating plan. If you are thinking about creating a healthy eating plan, or getting ready to start a new diet, take a look at these criteria and see how your plan stacks up.
1. Long Term Results
A healthy eating program is going to teach you how to lose weight slowly in an effort to keep the weight off permanently. A fad diet will focus on the quickest way to lose weight possible. This is not good for your overall health and you usually gain the weight back.
2. Holistic Weight Loss
A holistic approach to weight loss simply means that you must implement lifestyle changes to guarantee success. This means that your program will advocate anything from exercise to meditation in an effort to help you lose weight. Any healthy eating plan will be holistic. A fad diet, on the other hand, will just focus on what your are eating and drinking.
3. The Means Are More Important Than the End
A healthy eating plan will focus on how to get to your goal weight, not just the weight itself. This will encourage you to educate yourself about food so that you can make good choices. Diets, however, are extremely regimented; telling you exactly what you can and cannot have. Don’t you want to make your own choices?
4. Balanced Meals
Any healthy eating program will encourage you to eat a balanced diet. This means that fruits and vegetables are allow regardless if they contain carbohydrates. One of the easiest ways to spot a fad diet is its insistence that you only eat one type of food or eliminate certain foods. Some recent examples of this are The Cabbage Soup Diet or The Grapefruit Diet.
5. Don’t Fall For the Gimmicks
Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for obesity. Believe me, I wish there was. Healthy eating plans recognize this and that is why there are no gimmicks with them. This is a long-term effort. A fad diet relies heavily on stupid gimmicks to convince you that you can wake up tomorrow looking like a supermodel.