There are several definitions of the word “diet”. Here are a select few (Source: Merriam-Webster)
That’s not to mention the fact that most Americans set unrealistic goals, and follow diet plans that are way too restrictive. The best “diet”, in my opinion, is one that involves intuitive eating. The Chicago Tribune posted a wonderful article about intuitive eating, titled “EatingWell: The No-Diet Diet” (This is the “Diet” I am on. It’s basically all about channeling your inner child. Remember when you were little and you only ate when you were hungry, and you didn’t eat when you weren’t?! As we age we tend to lose that ability. But, you can get it back!)
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I also think it’s important to remember that you really can’t lose (and especially maintain) weight without also incorporating exercise. I’ve counseled countless people on the importance of eating healthy, and many of them start to realize just how important exercise is as they get closer to their goal weight. You can certainly lose weight by eating a balanced diet, but to keep it off for good (and to keep your body healthy) exercise is key.
What’s the best “diet snack”? In my opinion it’s stove top popcorn with a bit of oil and a dash of salt or nutritional yeast!
Stay tuned for my next two FAQ posts; “What are your thoughts on the Wheat Belly book?” and “What’s the best weight loss/management app?” Meanwhile, feel free to leave a question for me below.