Ditch the Diet & Find a Healthy Lifestyle You Love

With the start of a new year, many of us probably have the word 'diet' in our heads. I've known so many friends who've said, "I just started a diet" and then a week later they're depressed and their diet has failed.

Why is this so?

The word ‘diet’ is overused and has turned into a negative word. But the word shouldn't be focused on what we can't eat -- it should be about what we can eat, and enjoying healthy foods.

If you want to lose weight, then you need to have a positive outlook about food. Instead of walking around the supermarket in a hypnotized state, thinking about what you can and can't have, focus on what you can have and fully appreciate the healthy options in front of you. For example, focus on the beautiful colors of all the fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle. Or do you know how many different types of apples there are in your supermarket? Make your experience more enjoyable and exciting by looking at the shapes and textures of food and try to buy things that are ‘healthier’ and you have never tried before. This way you get excitement and satisfaction from trying something new and healthy.

In addition to eating healthier foods, obviously, the other part of the weight loss equation is exercise. Try to find an exercise that you love, because if you don't like whatever exercise you're doing then odds are you're going to stop as soon as you get crunched for time. For me, I love yoga, so going to class is something that I look forward to, so it's more of a charm than a chore.

So next time you feel it’s time to tone up and trim down, how about dropping the ‘diet’ tag and adopting a positive mental state -- finding healthy foods that excite you and a workout that you love -- and see if you can make a new lifestyle change for 2012.

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