Eat Healthy For Life, Not Weight Loss

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Close-up of fruits and vegetables in a plate with a glass of milk

We know that the food we put into our body can have a huge affect on our health and quality of life, but many of us still choose to eat unhealthy foods.  The unhealthy stuff tastes really good, and we don't usually have cravings for healthy food.  That's exactly why obesity is such a large problem for both adults and children in our country...But is dieting the answer?  I don't think so.  Dieting can often lead to a roller coaster of weight loss and weight gain that leaves many weighing more in the long run.

If dieting isn't the answer...What is?

I don't think there is just one answer to this question.  There are a million reasons why people become overweight, and once overweight, weight loss can be very difficult.  That's why focusing on a healthy eating lifestyle needs to be more important than dieting and weight loss.

Your overall health is not determined simply by the numbers on a scale or where you fall on a BMI chart.  It's much more complicated than that.  These things are important guidelines, but they are certainly not the holy grail of good health.

Eating healthy shouldn't just be a mantra for the overweight, everyone at every weight should be striving to eat the most healthy diet they can.  Even a person at a healthy weight is at risk for heart disease (and other medical problems) if they eat an unhealthy diet.  When it comes to our health, most things seem to be out of our control, the one thing that isn't out of our control is what we choose to put into our body.  Study after study points to the importance of healthy food choices in our overall health and well-being. 

The truth is...Every time you choose to eat something healthy rather than something unhealthy, you're doing your body good.  If you're overweight, don't go on a diet.  Instead, begin to replace some of your unhealthy food choices with healthy ones. 

  • Drink water instead of soda. 
  • Drive past your favorite fast food place. 
  • Avoid foods high in fat and sodium. 
  • Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. 
  • Eat less processed foods.

Here are some posts I've written that you might find helpful...

Are you trying to make healthier food choices?  How are you doing with that?  Have you blogged about your struggles with food?  Do you have any advice for other women trying to eat a healthier diet?  Let us know in comments.

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
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