The word "diet" is tricky, right? We often associate it with deprivation and restriction, and most would agree that diets are temporary. It's all about fitting into that dress, hitting the beach in that bikini, or looking lean at that big event.
But what if we change the idea of "diet" from temporary restriction to a way of eating?
As a personal trainer, I help my clients focus on lasting, sustainable changes to habits and routines—not quick fixes. As anyone who has ever been on a diet will admit, shortcuts to weight loss often backfire after the initial success. The result is gaining back the lost weight, and then some.
The reasons are complex, but the boiled-down version is that when we deprive ourselves, the body and the mind fight back.
Our bodies need a certain amount of calories every day—yes, even fat and carbohydrates—to function. There's no point in vilifying one food or another. The goal, instead, should be to strategically moderate the overall patterns of the diet so that the body is happy enough to drop excess weight over a steady period of time.
Here are the three fastest changes that you can make to your diet right away that, sustained long term, will yield lasting results and allow your body to achieve optimal function without dramatic deprivation.