Losing weight without starving yourself
Paleo, 5:2, Atkins, South Beach… All these fad diets have one thing in common: they involve some form of deprivation, either through severe kilojoule restriction or by cutting out entire food groups altogether. Both of these methods have been proven to be ineffective in helping you achieve long-term, sustainable weight loss.
Deprivation diets don’t work!
How many times have you gone on a ‘diet’ and lost a few kilos, only to have put all the weight back on soon after – and then some? As well as the additional weight gain, these quick-weightloss diets have other adverse side effects: engendering negative feelings such as guilt, disappointment and failure; and setting up a vicious cycle of starvation and bingeing/overeating to combat the hunger.
Deny, deny, deny – and pay the price
Somehow we’ve confused the concept of a healthy, nutritious diet with the need to starve our bodies into submission. Physiologically speaking, dieting by denying yourself food actually has the opposite effect and leads to weight gain in the long term.
The five pillars of health
When you set out to lose weight, you’re in it for the long haul. There’s no quick fix. It is a lifestyle change – one that necessitates a mindset shift, where you no longer think about eating as a system of reward and punishment but a way of eating and living to maintain optimal health.
Successfully losing weight – and keeping it off – is all about making better choices. Healthier choices. Adopting the five-pillar philosophy into your lifestyle will bring you closer to achieving your weight-loss goals and total mind-body wellness.