Best Ways to Diet
By Debra Nessel, RD, CDE, Torrance Memorial Medical Center
The overwhelming financial success of the “diet industry,”
whether it be a group plan like Weight Watchers, home delivered Jenny
Craig or Nutrisystem or pills that guarantee instant weight loss, will
give you an idea of how many people struggle with the challenge of making
changes to their current eating habits.
A good approach to use is to think about what’s good, better and
best. A good change for someone who skips breakfast might be a full fat
and sugar yogurt. A better change would be a Greek yogurt. If they are
able to have a plain Greek yogurt with raw nuts and fresh berries, that
would be the best change.
Small changes over time result in big pay offs. It’s best to make
small, realistic changes that can be accomplished and therefore set you
up for success. When you are well fed and well hydrated, you are also
more likely to resist a craving. Don’t skip meals, stay hydrated
and become a bit more active. If you are not able to commit to many changes,
pre-plan for the most difficult time of your day when cravings are at
a peak. Pre-planning goes a long way towards insuring success. Forgiveness
also goes a long way. Many goals set on Sunday night often don’t
make it through until Wednesday. But don’t beat yourself up, just
keep going. Tomorrow is a new day.
Making smarter food choices and following a healthy diet that includes
plenty of lean meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, whole grain and dairy products
will bring many benefits—both in the short term and in the long
term. You will look and feel better, experience an improved quality of
life, reduce their risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, joint
pain and the list goes on. You can also expect to live longer than those
who do not eat a healthy diet.
Many who have changed their eating habits report having increased energy,
more stable moods, better sleep, decreased joint pain and finding it easier
to focus their thoughts. They feel a sense of pride for having accomplished
what can be for some an overwhelming task. Some are also surprised by
how quickly their bodies respond to the positive changes in diet. Many
testimonials regarding increased energy levels to deal with the stress
of daily tasks. For those with diabetes, changing their diet and lowering
blood glucose helps correct blurry vision, insatiable thirst and frequent
trips to the bathroom.