As a nutritionist I have begun to loath the word ‘diet’. This word has taken to a new meaning, one that when heard makes most cringe of the thought. The original meaning of diet is ‘the types of food a person, animal or community habitually eats.’ The definition of the word today is more like ‘the types of food a person, animal or community habitually does NOT eat.’ Food was put on earth as nourishment as well as providing energy to the body so that it can function effectively. Many are depriving their bodies of important nutrients, as well as missing out on the enjoyment that food brings.
There are an abundance of ‘diets’ that claim to help you to lose weight and that they will but the problem is, the weight does not stay off. The reason behind weight fluctuations is that these diets leave you feeling deprived of energy due to the lack of calories going into the body. Most diets will have you cut way down on calories, fat in particular and with this, your sugar consumption is increased. A decrease in important nutrients/calories means that you are taking in less nutritious food and your body becomes malnourished. You can eat this way for a short time and you will see results however, these results won’t last. The lack of energy from food leaves you feeling hungry. This deprivation affects your body in numerous ways such as decreasing your energy levels and making you moody, as a result you are likely to eat more causing you to gain weight again. You then want to lose the weight and the way you know how is to go back onto the ‘diet’ and here the yo-yo dieter is born!
So how do you build a healthy lean body? By eating! Consuming a diet rich in the right amount of nutrient dense food to suit your personal requirements will allow you to build the nourished body that you desire. By nutrient rich foods I mean full fat products, complex carbohydrates and protein. Such foods include in season vegetables and fruit (not too much fruit though), unrefined flours, sourdough rye/wholemeal bread, full fat dairy, grass-fed meat and pastured hens. Avoid excess sugar and seed oils by steering clear of packaged foods and vegetable oils.
Stick to whole traditional foods and avoid ones that have been altered from their natural state and you will be on your way to not only a healthy trim body but also enjoyment when eating your meals!