LifeStyle Change: Is Dieting Realistic?

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As I scroll through my Instagram I’ve seen the transition from being fit and healthy to being curvaceous with a small waist. While both goals are completely fine, I think that we are still drawn to assume that we have to change our whole lifestyle to get these goals in action. Now, one thing we have to keep in mind is that every ‘body’ we see did not come from the struggle of dieting and non-stop workouts. It might have come from a really good doctor….catch my drift? Anyways, I’m here to chat about a realistic lifestyle change, and whether or not dieting is really apart of that.

You know I have to give the facts first, so check this out:


Expert: Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, nutritional biochemist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic

“As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. An analysis of more than 700 weight loss studies found that people see the biggest short-term results when they eat smart. On average, people who dieted without exercising for 15 weeks lost 23 pounds; the exercisers lost only six over about 21 weeks. It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off. For example, if you eat a fast-food steak quesadilla, which can pack 500-plus calories, you need to run more than four miles to ‘undo’ it!

As you see, it’s not about dieting per say — it’s about eating smart! You don’t have to go vegan or get rid of all the things you love…you just have to eat them in moderation. My favorite quote in life is, “Do all things in moderation”. When you over do things, it gets excessive and sometimes obsessive! So be careful in what you choose to indulge in.

Just from a personal stand point, my problem isn’t eating smart, it’s falling into the peer pressure around me. By me still living at home, there aren’t a lot of  “healthy” options in my household, unless I purchase them. I figured that I couldn’t use this as an excuse, so I placed my mini fridge from college in my room, and started meal prepping for the week. My meal prep includes snacks and foods that I can eat during the day to keep  me on track for eating smart and to fuel me of course.

I’ve also scheduled a workout plan, because we can’t forget about how important it is to exercise during your lifestyle change as well. All things are possible if you give them a chance! Don’t get scared by the word “diet”, just think of it as a transition from over indulging to smart eating!

What works best for you? Comment below!




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