Fad Diets Aren't Worth It, Living A Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle Is

Fad Diets Aren't Worth It, Living A Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle Is

Long-term results over short-term suffering for nothing.


Eating healthy has always been an important part of life. Yet, there are those who feel it is too much of a long-term commitment and choose to follow trendy diets instead. What many don't realize though, is there is no benefit to hopping onto trends and hoping to see results. It doesn't work that way because healthy eating is a lifestyle, not a diet.

Fad diets are not long-term.

It would be impossible to live without a whole food group or with stringent restrictions for longer than a diet requires. Variety is important and all food has some level of nutrition the human body needs. Although there may not be immediate consequences, cutting out key nutrients can lead to negative health effects down the line.

Diets are usually taken at face-value without added research, which can harm people in the long-run. Since trendy diets are hard to maintain, many find themselves regaining the weight they tried to lose because a diet doesn't teach people to eat right for longer than required.

Since when are protein, carbs, and (good) fats bad for you?

News flash, they're not!

Moderation is key but that's not what a diet teaches. Instead, people force themselves to avoid certain food groups but once the diet is over and the weight returns, another fad diet begins. Not only is this an unhealthy cycle for your body and overall health, but diets also don't help you learn about yourself.

Thus, it is more important to learn what foods your body likes and dislikes in terms of how they make you feel, and understanding how to control your portion sizes are more beneficial. These are the keys to living a healthy lifestyle.

A little bit of research goes a long way.

Learning more about each food group, including carbs, protein and fats, and how to eat for your body type, exercise level, and overall lifestyle take time but the benefits will come pouring in. Although this may take more time and effort, nothing replaces healthy eating with a fad diet.

No one diet works for everyone. Learn about your body, your specific needs and adjust your food habits to have greater success in the long-run.

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won’t see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won’t laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They’ll miss you. They’ll cry.

You won’t fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You’ll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don’t let today be the end.

You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I’m sure you’re no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won’t do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you’ll be fine.” Because when they aren’t, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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3 Ways To Burn Off Holiday Pudge

After the treats and sweets.


We all know that more than presents come during the holidays. After all of the treats, sweets, and cocktails, we all need some advice for burning off the holiday pudge.

Here are some tips for burning off that extra fat in 2019.

1. Go to a low-carb diet.


After the holidays, spend a few weeks avoiding bread and other carbs. I know, it's hard. However, it's essential for burning off those holiday calories. Skip the rice, bread, and cookies and you'll be good to go.

Instead, opt for green-based meals or eliminate the starch from your favorite meals, like the tortilla from a taco or the bun from a burger.

2. Go to the gym at least a few times a week. 


Whether you are a gym addict or just go every now and then, this is the time to kick it into full gear. Go for at least an hour, and make sure to capitalize on cardio exercises like the treadmill and elliptical. Don't carry any laziness into 2019.

3. Lay off the drinks. 


You had your fair share, so now is the time to take a few weeks away from alcohol. Alcohol usually has a lot of calories and carbs, but even if you drink light, it can still work up an appetite, so take some time off. It'll be good for you - and your liver.

I hope you had a happy holiday and have an even happier New Year. Here's to a great 2019!

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