Diet or Healthy Lifestyle?

First off, let me apologize for letting this blog sit for about two months. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the yearly sickness happened, and I got a little bogged down (I know, excuses excuses). I do promise to make it up to you all by at least a blog post every other day for the next couple of weeks.

Now that I have cleared that up a bit, I'm going to explain the title of this post.

After gaining the freshman 15 30 in college, I started trying a bunch of fad diets. Don't get me wrong, these diets all did work to a certain extent (some more than others). Here's the thing. All of these diets worked if you followed all of the rules exactly. Now, I don't want to brag or anything, but I'm an excellent rule follower. Therefore, the diets worked splendidly for me.

Now here is where things get dicey

As soon as I strayed, the weight seemed to come back like a boomerang. That's because while these diets work for a bit, depriving yourself forever messes with your head. I succumbed to binge eating due to feeling deprived. Here's the thing: while some people can in fact pull off sticking to a diet for years (I commend you people), a majority of people cannot. It is just unrealistic.

Here's where the healthy lifestyle part comes in

I'm going to risk sounding like a cliché when I say this, life completely changed when I decided to pursue a healthy lifestyle as opposed to dieting. It took me a while to get to this place, and I will explain why.

For the longest time, I would scoff whenever someone said that they just lived a healthy lifestyle. Why? Not only did committing to something for life sound daunting, but I always thought that this way of living was actually less sustainable than constantly dieting. I was so wrong. Not only is it sustainable, it is, in fact, enjoyable. The key to this lifestyle is so simple: moderation. You start implementing healthy choices into your life every day. However, you never completely deprive yourself.

Why do I love the healthy lifestyle approach so much? The main reason is that no matter how long it takes to reach my goals, I know that I have done it in a healthy and sustainable way. Treating myself here and there won't make the scales change drastically because I'm not going to be binge eating as much as I did on diets. However, if I do binge eat for some reason, I know that I can just pick myself up and try harder the next time around. That's the beauty of the healthy lifestyle. It's a lifestyle. No matter how many times you fall, you always have the choice to pick yourself up and try again. Always. It's actually a very freeing concept, in my opinion.

Now, while I could go on a rant about being active, I'll save that for another day. The only thing I will mention here is that the more healthy choices you make with food, the more you will actually want to be active. And the more you are active and make healthy food choices, the more your body will thank you. I'm serious. It will feel like your body is giving you a reward. If that's not motivation to keep going, I don't know what is.

Anyways, I say all of this to let you know what works for me. Thank you for reading, and I hope this post will help at least one person. :)