All roads lead to Rome, so the saying goes, and likewise there are many ways to achieve weight loss. So how should you even begin to approach weight loss?
I think most people have a good understanding of the basics of weight loss that says energy cannot be created or lost (yes it is more complicated than that, however many people are familiar with the basic concept). Hence, to lose weight the energy going in must be less than the energy going out. From this, a plethora of methods to increase energy expenditure and limiting calories have mushroomed around us, from Atkins to Dukan to Paleo to the 5:2 diets. Then there’s also the meal replacement shakes maze to go through. The popularity of these diets come and go depending on which celebrity endorses them, how many marketing dollars have gone into the campaign, and how virulent the testimonials are in social media. I will do another blog reviewing the effectiveness of these diets at another time. For now, as I said, all roads lead to Rome, if your goal is just a smaller number on your scale regardless of the process, these diets will do the job. In fact, any old diet will do the job- but will it be healthy and will you be successful at keeping the weight off?
The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘diet’ in two ways:
A special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons
The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats
For most people, I think the word diet is more synonymous with the first definition and it conjures up notions of deprivation, restriction, boring, tasteless, and other unpleasant feelings.
However, we as Dietitians approach diet with the second definition – foods that we habitually eat. Dietitians strive to improve eating/drinking/moving holistically that makes it part of your life, a sustainable effort that balances health, fun, work and weight. Few Dietitians will promise you quick solutions (unless you have urgent medical reasons for it) to lose weight, simply because there are none that are safe and sustainable for life.
Dietitians examine your lifestyle habits and look at the factors in life above and beyond eating and exercise that also contribute to the unhealthy weight. Is it work-life imbalance? Is it a lack of ideas or cooking skill? Or maybe you’re living alone and lack motivation to prepare healthy meals? Working a double job to make ends meet leaving little time for healthy living? Simply not knowing what foods and how much for a healthy weight? How about social life that goes out of control? Feeling depressed and comfort eating?
Eating is not just for weight control, but for living and living happily and healthily. Dietitians don’t eat 100% clean, but we understand how to balance food with life in the unique individual circumstances that still achieve healthy weight and enjoyable lifestyle.
So, when you’re thinking which diet works for you, you need to firstly define what ‘works’ means for you. If you would like to follow a specific ‘diet’ or way of eating and want to follow it safely, a Dietitian can still help to do that for you. If you are ready to start changing habits and get life-long results for better health, better weight, better balance, feeling empowered and in control, then look no further than an Accredited Practising Dietitian and book an appointment with us today.