Let's change our eating habits!

Crash diets consist of the diets of extreme nutritional deprivations or restricting calorie intake in order to quickly lose weight. Getting thinner shouldn't be seen just as looking better; it should be seen as becoming healthier.

According to the article, “How crash diets harm your health” published on CNN’s website, Cardiologist Isadore Rosenfeld, MD, a professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York, said crash dieting often raises the risk of heart attacks. So is fast weight loss worth it if it can be harmful for your health?

I got hit by the “Freshman 15” during my first semester in college. During my second semester, it became the Freshman 30.

  • I knew I was overweight, and it bothered me. Even though I wanted to change that, I refused to eat healthier or exercise. I wanted a magic diet, something that could make me lose all those extra pounds easy and fast. Those magic diets called crash diets promise fast weight loss, but at the expense of your health. It took eight months for me to gain 30 pounds, but I was expecting to lose it all in just a few weeks.
  • I have tried several crash diets, however, and lost weight while doing it. As soon as I stopped it, all the weight came back with a few more pounds on top. Nevertheless, one day I decided that I wanted to become a healthier person.
  • I decided to change my lifestyle to feel better about myself by eating healthier and exercising daily. It was a slow transition. I knew it would not happen in one week. It would be a hard and long process, but worth it in the end. It has been nine months since I changed my lifestyle, and I lost 27 pounds. I feel great! I know I can eat whatever I want, and I will not easily gain the weight back because I chose the healthy way.

Shortcuts are not always the best solution, and the consequences can do more harm than good. Exercise and changing to healthy eating habits are the best solution if you wish to lose weight. Our health is more important than those few more pounds on a scale. The scales show just a number: we are more than that.

Healthy tips:

  1. Eat every 3 hours: always carry healthy snacks in your bag so you don’t get tempted to buy chips when you get hungry. Nuts, celery, baby carrots, hummus and yogurt are always good options.
  2. Drink lots of water and tea!
  3. Green juice in the morning: It’s my morning routine to get up and make my fresh green juice. It’s so simple; you can even do it in a college dorm. In a blender mix: celery, spinach, collard greens, green apples, ginger and water (coconut water tastes amazing in a green juice).
  4. Exercise at least 3 times a week. When you find a class that you have fun doing it is great! I love Zumba and Kickboxing.
  5. Smart choices: Replacing some foods with a healthier alternative is a good idea. For example, replacing white bread, rice or pasta with wheat is always better.

Feel free to share your tips and comments with me, I would love to read them!

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