Dieting Vs. Lifestyle Changes
Strategy to manage that extra “Quarantine 15” weight gain
Due to the Pandemic, many of us have felt more stress, anxiety, and feelings of uncertainty wondering how they were going to pay the rent, purchase groceries, or keep themselves and family safe from the virus.
Those feelings of anxiety & stress combined with chronic boredom due to being trapped in the house has resulted in a huge increase in the frequency at which people snack.
More snacking equals increased weight gain, with many calling this the Quarantine 15 (think Freshman 15). Leaving many people thinking about ways to manage this extra weight game.
There are numerous advertised products from supplements to diet plans which promise to not only help you lose weight but to keep it off. Despite these promises, almost 70 percent of adults in America are obese or overweight as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although diets may help you to get rid of some weight quick, lifestyle changes play a more significant role in your health and have a lasting impact on your overall weight loss goals.
The Difference between Diet and Lifestyle Changes
It is crucial for you to be able to know the differences between diet and lifestyle changes so that you can make the necessary adjustments to change your life, go back to doing the things you love, and be fit and feel young again.
Here is what we can learn from both below:
Lifestyle changes have a more permanent way of achieving your weight loss objectives. It’s about changing how you live your daily life and turning the quick change into a permanent or long-term one.
You can think of it in terms of changing your old eating habits for new and healthy ones, or adding an exercise regimen to your daily activities, etc. These changes result in long-term weight loss because when you stick to a healthy lifestyle, your body and mind will show it.
A lifestyle change is about staying healthy, but does not usually give the quick results that are more evident when you “diet.” Lifestyle changes work more efficiently in the long run, and the results are everlasting.
It is also important to note that:
Lifestyle Changes Can Be a Natural Part of Your Everyday Routine– This involves finding your motivation. It is important to focus on why you want these things. Take your time and search yourself for these answers. Your” Why” has to be more important then Your “should”.
Lifestyle changes have to do with “balance” in life– There are times when you may feel defeated or overwhelmed, but you can overcome these feelings with balance. Lifestyle changes, which are more holistic, are about changing the way you think, eat, drink, sleep, exercise, play, live, manage stress, and more. Don’t try to change everything at once. Focus on one small goal at a time and the reason for that goal.
A diet is usually a program that consists of changing your eating habits temporarily to achieve a weight loss goal. At the end of the program and after achieving your aim, it’s likely that you will return to your former eating habits. Diets focus more on food intake, while lifestyle changes incorporate other aspects that affect health and weight–such as working out.
Diets are temporary or short-term solutions with singular approaches to long-term, multidimensional health issues. Diet is gradually becoming a word that is hated as a result of the useless diet programs all over the place.
Lifestyle changes are more beneficial and healthy compared to dieting. The overall focus is to believe you can be healthy, feel better, and achieve your goals by using small steps that become routine in your life. That may be avoiding the fast food lines, or adding an extra mile to your daily walk.
If you are struggling with this due to obstacles such as motivation, pain, injury, or weakness, reach out to your local & trusted healthcare provider. We at Kauai Therapy & Wellness are also here to help you!