Dieting vs. Living 

 February 15, 2021

By  Nutritionist Nicole

Every person who has been on a diet knows how challenging things could get. If you’re struggling with limiting what you eat, you’re never satisfied with your food, fear leftovers, and are always hungry; it is time to change your opinion of food and forge a true relationship with it.

Diets are a massive part of the health industry. From starving diets to the ones that focus on changing your daily habits, people tend to fail because they don’t have that fundamental understanding of why they’re even dieting in the first place. 

One of the main problems of diets is that people consider them as temporary. When people see diets as short-term, they can’t wait to get back to their everyday life and when they do, they end up gaining the weight they lost and sometimes even more. 

On the other hand, living, however, is permanent. When you decide to change the way you live and perceive food, there is no end in sight. You’re not thinking about when it will end; instead, you’re in it forever. 

If you’re always following a new diet, you’ve probably noticed some mood changes. Restricting your food is making you hangry! 

It is essential to understand that your mood is affected when you’re feeling hungry. When you eat too few calories, it can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Fortunately, living means you can eat leftovers without guilt, as you know that adding nourishing, filling foods to your diet is critical to fuel your body. 

When you usually eat throughout the day, it cuts out binge eating. 

Living means you pay attention to your body’s hungry signs, so you’re not anxiously waiting for your next mealtime. When you don’t skip meals and eat healthy snacks, you’ll meet your caloric needs and metabolic rates.

It is in your best interest to try different eating plans to find the one that keeps you satisfied while keeping your sadness under control. 

Another common problem to those on a restrictive diet is that they tend to avoid certain people and events out of fear they’ll sabotage their diet. This can result in feeling isolated. Living teaches you that food or alcohol isn’t the main activity at the event, as you know how to make food choices based on what you really want. 

Keep in mind that losing weight shouldn’t be your goal!  Do your best to incorporate mindfulness to notice your state of mind and recognize your emotions in regards to your self image and what you eat. 

Finally, rely on your body to tell you what you need and measure progress beyond a number on the scale. Join Nicole Conteduca’s coaching program to start living. 

Nutritionist Nicole

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about helping people make peace with food, ditch their diet mentality and live a joyful life.

Nicole C.