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Eat Healthy For Life, Not For Weight Loss

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 5, 2010

Eat Healthy For Life Not Weight Loss

We know that the food we choose to 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.  Let’s face it, 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.  As we all know, dieting can often lead to a roller coaster of weight loss and weight gain, that leaves many weighing more in the long run.

So if dieting isn’t the answer…What is?

Well, 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 actual dieting and weight loss.

The thing is – 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.  Obviously, 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 are choosing to 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.  And study after study is pointing to the importance of healthy food choices in our overall health and well-being.  That’s why focusing on the food and not just the scale is so important.

The truth is…Every time you choose to eat something healthy rather than something unhealthy, you’re doing your body good.  So, 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.


3 Responses to “Eat Healthy For Life, Not For Weight Loss”

  1. kgbusco said

    Great points. I know well the lure of junk food. You’re right it tastes great. I think that everything should be enjoyed in moderation. That’s why that I still enjoy fast food, but I don’t eat it every day, or even once a week. I probably only have it once in a month, if that. Eating right should be a lifestyle, not a quick shortcut to getting thin. Just about everyone in the country is overweight. Too bad this is such a widespread problem. I like your blog!!

  2. lahgibbs said

    I agree with the water consumption as that has all kinds of health benefits, as well as helps to metabolize your system. However, I still don’t fully understand why Sodium is bad for you. Can you provide some info about this?

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