Diets are nothing more than restricting your caloric intake to a level below what your body uses, burns or metabolizes, for a limited amount of time. Where as Life Style Changes, regarding weight-loss, is the process of identifying unhealthy foods that we eat, and replacing them with higher quality, healthier foods. This process of getting rid of our bad eating habits and replacing them with better eating habits is not for a limited amount of time, but for a life time. The process is not quick, after all we did not gain that excess weight over a short period of time, but over years of bad decisions, and poor habits. It will take time to identify the changes you want to make, incorporate them into your diet, and for them to become a permanent part of your over all diet.
The problem with diets is we do not change our habits, but rather deny ourselves certain foods for a limited amount of time. Additionally, restricting calories may cause our bodies to adjust to the drop in caloric generated energy by going into a starvation mode. Our bodies starvation mode is nothing more than an automatic conservation action plan that is implemented to keep us from starving. Our metabolism will slow down, we burn less calories to digest food than before. The body also will begin to store any excess calories as fat, and will be slower to release fat that is stored. Usually, the body will also start to burn muscle as it is a high protein source for the body. The real damage, both physically and mentally begins after the completion of the diet. We begin eating the same foods we did before, which made us fat in the first place. Due to our restriction of these foods we tend to eat more of them. The term usually associated with the weight gain after the completion of a diet is the Yo-Yo effect, the process of losing weight and then immediately regaining it, plus a little extra over a short period of time.
Weight-Loss using Life Style Changes is a permanent change in our eating habits or in our levels and types of physical activity. These changes keep the body from going into starvation mode because we continue to eat, but eat better foods that supply the body with what it needs to operate. As the small changes we make become new habits, psychologically we are not denying ourselves foods, so we do not have that overwhelming feeling of loss and depression. A weight-loss of 1 to 2 lbs a week is a healthy and safe amount of weight to lose. The draw back to life style changes is it takes work. You must educate yourself regarding good/healthy foods, and introduce them into your new diet over a period of time.
Terry Davis retired from the California livsstil Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, after 37 years in the Law Enforcement field, with the last five years working in plain clothes as a Parole Agent. Terry was a certified parole agent tactical instructor, and currently holds a brown belt in Aikido.
Terry learned early in his career that physical fitness was a top priority. After all chasing criminals, jumping fences, and subduing resistive individuals, was part of the job. Being overweight, or out of shape could cost him his life. As Terry got older he realized that diet became a more and more important area of concern in controlling his weight, and that endurance, strength, and flexability also became more and more important to his well being.
Terry has tried all the pills, diets, and programs designed to take your money, and do little to help control weight, or increase your level of fitness. Maintaining your weight and fitness is not a short term proposition. It requires time, consistency and a lot of effort. Most of us don’t need diets, we need life style changes. Diets and fitness programs are usually short term, Life Style Changes concerning, weight and fitness are long term. To reprogram our bad habits and programing new habits, or Life Style Changes.