Why Diets Don’t Work

Thanks for sticking with me through this busy week!  I hope you enjoy this post on the pitfalls of dieting.  I’ll see you next week with some fresh content, I’ve got lots of ideas for some great posts!

First of all, let me start this post by saying I’m not really fond of the word “diet”.  When most people think of diets, they think of calorie restriction, self-denial, and inevitable failure.  Not exactly something people get excited about it.  The word diet can actually just mean whatever food you eat on a normal basis.  But, for the sake of this post, we’ll talk about diets in the negative sense.  Like I said, most people don’t get excited about the word, and for good reason: your body knows they don’t work.  Even if your brain has fooled you into thinking that the quick path to health is found in the is the latest diet book hitting the store shelves, your body isn’t fooled. For those of you who have dieted multiple times over the years, I’m sure you are quite familiar with the dread, the drudgery, and the sheer willpower involved in sticking to a diet.  It turns eating, one of man’s greatest pleasures, into something it was never meant to be. Continue reading

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Trim Down and Tone Up

Can I just start by saying I hate the phrase “losing weight”?  I think half the problem we have with losing weight is in the way we talk about it.  Okay, maybe not half, but a large part.  It’s just so negative…who actually likes losing something?  When I think of losing I think of anxiety, frantic searching, and stress.  Not exactly the kinds of emotions you want to have when talking about trying to improve your health.  So, instead of calling this post Losing Weight, it’s called Trim Down and Tone Up.  Those are much nicer phrases, don’t you think?  Oh, and since it would be totally weird to take random pictures of people working out at the gym or running, I’ve posted this photo of my family acting like superheroes.  You’re welcome guys. Continue reading