These days there are countless fad diets that promise weight loss in a short period of time, and these change from year to year. While these diets may help you lose weight for a short period of time, most people gain it right back because these diets are impossible to stick to for a long period of time. Some people gain even more weight back when they get off the diet.
The Difference Between Dieting & Lifestyle Changes
A diet is temporarily changing your eating habits to achieve the outcome of weight loss, then most people go back to their habits. Diets most commonly focus on food and placing food in 2 categories: good and bad. Calorie consumption on these diets is much lower than you would normally eat and your success is determined by the number of pounds lost. If you “cheat” on your diet, it’s looked down upon.
On the other hand, a lifestyle change is where you change your habits for the long-term to be healthier and in control of your weight. A lifestyle change will also typically include incorporating physical activity and won’t be as heavily focused on the numbers on the scale.
What’s great about a lifestyle change is that it is sustainable for the long term. If you “cheat” while you’re changing your lifestyle, it’s not the end of the world. Your body will be the main dictator during a lifestyle change as you eat food to nourish your body and listen to what your body needs – whether that be a rest day or preparation for an intense workout.
If you are on a fitness journey to manage your weight and live a healthy lifestyle for the long term, try to focus on the road ahead. Although it may be appealing to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, it’s not necessarily a sustainable. Why put all that work in for a temporary result?
If you need help to get on the right track with a fitness plan you can stick with, come see us at the Boston Athletic Club! We want to get you where you are looking, feeling, and performing your best. You can contact us on our website or call us at 617-269-4300 with any questions!