Updated: Dec 17, 2020
You’ve heard the saying “you can’t outrun a bad diet”. While there are no foods that are inherently “bad”, you can have unhealthy eating habits that can lead to metabolic syndrome - conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions.
Attaining optimal health is 20% exercise and 80% nutrition. Which is why diets just don’t work for long-term health goals. A diet, when it works – provides a short-term solution. Once you’ve reached your desired weight and return to your former way of eating, you are almost guaranteed to gain back the weight.
So what’s the solution? As a nutrition coach, I assist my clients in adopting healthy eating habits. You can’t and shouldn’t be on a forever diet. But you CAN learn to eat foods that support a healthy weight range and keep your health markers such as blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol balanced.
Start reading nutrition labels and eating more wholesome foods. Rather than food restrictions, focus on food substitutions to avoid feeling deprived. Focus on long-term health gains instead of short-term weight loss. Over time, you will notice a change in how you feel physically and mentally.
A restrictive diet is a punishment, eating for optimal health is a gift!