Diet is a Four Letter Word

With summer around the corner, panic sets in and we go into crash diet mode. So why does the word "diet" evoke so many emotions? In this episode, we cover what it actually means versus what we think when we hear the word, the difference between a healthy lifestyle and weight management diet, steps to building a healthy lifestyle and more.

What do you think when you hear the word diet? Deprevation, a start, an end, yo-yo-ing? The definition of diet is simply the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. So to say you have a healthy diet means, you mostly eat foods that nourish your body.

A big difference between a healthy lifestyle and a weight management diet plan is that one is long term and the other is temporary. Sure, weight management diets can work to lose that 20 pounds for an upcoming wedding, but is it permanent? If a healthy lifestyle is not adapted after the diet ends, what happens? The pounds tend to come back.

We talk about four factors of a healthy lifestyle which are movement (exercise), intake (food), sleep and stress. Take time to assess these four factors. If one is a mess, the other three will be affected.

Listen in to episode 25 to hear more on stress hormones and weight, the body fat set point theory and our tips for getting off the hamster wheel of dieting and into a healthy lifestyle. Some of these tips include planning for "hiccups", sharing goals with a friend and to STOP comparing yourself to others.