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New year, new you? Many people jump on the fitness bandwagon this time of year and that’s great! However, often people start their journey to fitness with a new diet. Guess what? Fad diets don’t work! There are lots of popular ones in the lexicon today – keto, paleo, zone, and so on. But have you ever wondered why diets don’t work? Often, diets are hard to stick to for success. That’s not how life works.

As an example, the keto diet aims to put your body in ketosis, which basically means that you begin burning fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates. Because your diet lacks a significant amount of carbs, your body is forced to find other fuel for its functions. While this diet can be very beneficial for some, it isn’t typically sustainable and the minute you ingest more carbs than you’re used to, the weight gain begins. Any other diet that requires you to restrict your intake of specific, and necessary, foods or any diet that requires you to be very specific about what you ingest as far as weights and measures isn’t usually sustainable. If diets don’t work, what does?

 

Real Nutrition Works

Simply put, realistic nutrition is your best bet. Slowly changing the way you eat and what you eat is the only way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We know why diets don’t work – it’s because they ask us to completely upend how we’ve been eating for X number of years and start completely anew. While our motivation may be strong in the beginning, life gets in the way and we settle back into what’s easy and familiar. But making small changes, slowly, what’s familiar becomes healthy! Start by looking at each meal of your day and replacing one item with a healthier version. Always stop at the coffee shop for a flavored latte? Maybe try regular coffee with one cream and one sugar next time. Small changes can make for big results when it comes to cultivating a healthy lifestyle and they don’t overwhelm us!

One way to get ahead of the challenge of sticking to a new, healthy way of eating is to prepare. Planning ahead for life’s curveballs means that you already have healthy foods ready when you can’t make the time to stick to your standard way of eating. Setting aside some time during the weekend to plan a menu and do a little bit of meal prep goes a long way!

Exercise is another component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and Loyalty Fitness can help! If you’re looking to being a new routine this year, contact us today to learn more.