101_0071I was watching the Today Show the other day on NBC and they were talking about some of the most popular diet programs like Weight Watchers and the Atkins diets.  They said that these diets have similar results in weight loss, but they may not be successful long term.  Below is a link to the article and video.

http://www.today.com/health/5-ways-make-your-diet-stick-good-1D80283815

The reason they are not successful long term is that people that try these diets will follow it for awhile, but then when they quit following the plan they go back to eating unhealthy and gain the weight back.  The key is not to think of it as a diet, but as a new way of life.

I know it’s hard to imagine a complete change in the way you eat, especially if you eat a lot of unhealthy foods.  I used to drink so much pop (aka soda) that I couldn’t imagine giving it up.  Years ago I even drank it for breakfast.  I didn’t used to like milk, but now I love it.  I also loved candy bars.  I ate king size candy bars on a regular basis.  I rarely ate fruits and vegetables.  I ate a lot of fried foods and fast food was a weekly stop.  Fortunately, in my younger years I didn’t gain weight easily, but the unhealthy eating eventually caught up with me.  When someone asked me if I was pregnant (which I wasn’t) when I was wearing a big sweater, I realized that I needed to make a change.

I started doing research to find out how to lose weight and get healthy.  I started off by cutting back on pop and drinking more water and milk.  Eventually, I eliminated pop altogether.  Now I don’t even like the taste of it.  I now crave water and milk and drink them every day.  I quit eating king size candy bars and switched to snack size, then I gradually cut back on those.  I started eating more fruits and vegetables.  I stopped making fried foods and avoided fast food restaurants.  I also started exercising on a regular basis.  I made these changes over a period of years.  It didn’t happen overnight.  I lost the weight I had gained and now I’m close to my ideal weight.  I feel so much better now and I feel healthier than I’ve ever been.

I’ve watched people I care about struggle with weight loss and then give up.  I watched them sabotage themselves by going back to old eating habits.  I’ve also heard others that disregard their health until they or someone close to them have a major health scare.  Then they realize how important it is to take care of themselves.  I want to help people realize how important exercise and eating healthy is before it’s too late.  This is my passion and I feel called to help these people find their way to a healthy life.  I know it takes time, commitment and patience, but believe me, it’s totally worth it.