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Why Habits, Not Diets?

A quick question for you. How many diets have you seen advertised that are supposed to last a lifetime? Maybe you have never thought about that before, but most are designed to be between 30 and 90 days. So what's the problem with this? You most likely have known someone who has been on some sort of diet at some point in their life. Many people experience a lot of success or improvements in their health and body if they follow said diet as prescribed. However, how many of those people return to their previous state after the diet is "finished"? Also, how many diets have they tried, and which one is ACTUALLY the best? Diets may work for their designated time, but how sustainable are they really?

There always seems to be a new BEST diet, but who says it is the best and what is the difference between a diet and a habit? Well, it's simple really. A diet typically lasts for an allotted amount of time, at best, but a habit is something that becomes a part of who you are and doesn't change when the newest trend arrives. Many diets may not actually even be healthy to maintain for long periods of time, as they most likely are cutting out specific food groups all together. Of course building a habit doesn't happen all at once, but by small, simple steps and changes in the way you live and eat. Think portion sizes of every food group, not exclusion of any particular one. Our bodies need balanced meals, and not overeating them. With this in mind, next time you think about dieting, consider beginning to build a habit that will last you a lifetime rather than something that will come and go.

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