There's nothing more frustrating than cycling through diet after diet, year after year, and ending up back at square one. And if you're a foodie like me, being on a diet can feel like being in "food jail," which doesn't make things any easier.
I've been in search of "the perfect diet" my entire life. Ever since I was in grade school, I can remember being teased and taunted by my peers because I was chubby. And by the time I reached high school, I clearly had issues with my body because I thought I was "too fat" to try out for any sports, participate in extracurricular activities, or wear anything other than baggy clothes.
College was a roller coaster of weight fluctuations. Up one year, down the next. But after deciding I didn't vibe much with my pre-med major, I switched to nutrition and dietetics, and I've been a registered dietitian nutritionist for close to 25 years now.
One thing people don't know about nutrition is that it's a science. It's not just a "fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants" eating puzzle that you put together haphazardly based on fads.
Likewise, it's not a Rubik's Cube way of eating and living that when you finally solve it, you're done. It's actually a real, tried and true science. But the finicky thing about science is that it changes every single day, and that can be frustrating and confusing for most.
So if you've been struggling with food and body image issues for as long as you can remember (like me), I'm here to let you off the hook by letting you know that it's OK because you're human. And because the science of nutrition is so complex, you'll likely be on the journey of learning and tweaking it throughout your lifetime.
While it's a lifetime journey, it doesn't have to feel like a life sentence. Even better, there are three scientifically based actions you can take today to add more joy to your journey and—as a bonus—lose weight.
Here are three proven ways you can give your metabolism a boost that just may surprise you: