The very famous and most used and abused word ‘Dieting’ refers to ‘restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight’.
Firstly, no food is bad (no even pepperoni pizza), only proportions are. Tell me something, is roti fattening? No, it isn’t and it’s something you eat everyday. But eating eight rotis per meal will be fattening, right? Let’s try it again. Eating an entire bar of chocolate is packed with sugar and calories (and thus, is fattening), but having a piece or two a day won’t be that bad, right? Plus, you get to eat chocolate everyday this way.
Intermittent fasting or IF (eat in a eight (or even four) hour window and don’t eat for the rest of the day, Ketogenic Diet (eating high fat, adequate protein and low carb foods), liquid diet (the most disastrous of all), detox diet, etc are extremely popular to shed a few kilos fast. Notice the last word here, ‘fast’. If you are fat today, it is a result of YEARS of accumulation of food. Why do you want to put your body through the torture of depriving it from its essential nutrients? Why do you expect yourself to shed 10 kgs in a month because your layer of fat has taken years to accumulate. Now imagine what these fad diets must be putting your body through.
You can follow these diets and lose a lot of weight in a short time, but this package will also be inclusive of
- Inadequate nutrition intake
- Muscle loss, etc
Also, when you stop dieting you start gaining back.
Now, would you want to torture your body to shed a few kilos and have lifeless skin or feed your body and take care of it, and have glowing skin?
You NEED food. For energy, for your body to function, for you overall well-being.You can’t eliminate it to lose fat! Also . scientifically, your body stores fat for energy if it isn’t fed, so you will actually be storing a lot of your fat and your ‘weight loss’ will actually be a lot of muscle and water loss. This is why I promote healthy eating, and do not believe in dieting. In my entire journey of weight loss, I haven’t been on a diet even once. Okay, I did try IF and almost fainted on day 2, moreover it also made me really irritated because duh- I wasn’t eating for 16 hours a day!
When you eat healthy, you sustainably lose weight and burn fat. Which also means you can have an entire slice of cheesecake on an occasion and not worry about gaining. Why? Because you eat healthy, you fuel your body and not overdo it with cheap fuel which will harm it. So once in a while you can satisfy your cravings.
I know summer is coming, I know you want a bikini body / 6-pack abs, but don’t harm your body this way please. A solution should be permanent, not a temporary fix.
In the upcoming articles I would also be telling you HOW you can eat your pizzas and chocolates and ice-creams without any guilt.