On a diet? How’s that working for you.. – FIT Talk With Tania

The majority of people who come to me for dietary advice say one of two things – they think they’re eating pretty healthy and they know what to do, they just don’t.

First, just because we know doesn’t automatically mean we will. Our thoughts dictate our actions and often the people I work with are so down and discouraged due to the number of disappointing diet experiences, that they begin to buy into the lie that they will never be able to reach their health goals.

Second, there is a marked difference between eating healthy and eating balanced. You can certainly make healthy food choices, but if you don’t know how to make them the right way—in the right combinations, in the right portions, and at the right frequency—even healthy foods can spike your blood sugar and cause your body to store fat.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ve seen something about the importance of stabilizing blood sugar. Balanced blood sugar is super important. So important, in fact, that it’s how our bodies were created to function.

Newborn babies are checked to make sure their blood sugar levels are stable before they leave the hospital. Babies maintain that stability naturally. Anyone with children knows that a baby or toddler is hungry as soon as they wake up.

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Babies receive breast milk or formula, which is a perfect balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates together to stabilize blood sugar. Not much changes as they grow either.

Once babies start eating solids, god forbid you leave the house with a toddler in tow and not bring a snack, am I right? It’s their blood sugar drop. They get “hungry” and start bugging you for a snack.

The same process happens in our adult bodies, but in our busy world and with all these diets in the back of our minds that say “don’t eat that” or even “don’t eat if you want to lose weight.” we suck it up and ignore those signals to eat.

Our bodies haven’t changed much from when we were babies in how we take in and metabolize food, we just got bigger. And the bigger we grow, the crazier our eating habits seem to get.

No fat, cut out carbs, count calories, don’t eat in the evening, don’t eat in the morning, eat three meals a day and no snacks, eat five meals a day and yes, snack—the constant barrage of information overload of, frankly, bad information has the majority of our population either on a diet rollercoaster that they can’t seem to get off, or so confused that they do nothing.

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How does it work for you? I dare say it’s safe to say, it isn’t. Almost 30 per cent of adults in Canada are obese and more than 31 per cent of children aged 12 to 17 are obese. (Figures for 2012-13 were the latest data I could find for childhood obesity.)

Apparently diets don’t work and doing nothing doesn’t. What works is blood sugar stabilization.

Blood sugar stabilization works for every body. That’s how we came into this world, and the sooner we get back to it, the sooner we’ll see things start to change. But diets don’t teach you that because dieting is a multi-billion dollar industry and if you found something that worked for you, your spouse, your kids, anywhere and in any situation, you would never go back to dieting. That wouldn’t be good for their bottom line.

Instead of depriving yourself, restricting food, counting calories, or eliminating entire food groups, why not learn to eat the foods you love in a way that balances hormones, stabilizes blood sugar, jump-starts your metabolism, and puts your body in a place where it releases naturally stored fat, protect lean muscle, increase energy and get rid of cravings?

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You will create a healthy inflammatory response – inflammation is the root cause of all disease, by the way – lower your risk of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, heart disease and stroke and you will create health in your body because your body naturally drops the weight.

It’s simple really. Eating food in the right combinations, in the right portions and at the right frequency throughout the day will do all of this.

One thing to remember, it’s not a diet. This means that the results usually do not come overnight. But they will happen, and in a healthy way.

Wherever you are on your health journey, it didn’t happen overnight and reversing these effects can take some time. How much time usually depends on how long your body has lived in a deprived state and out of balance.

What I do know though is that it’s less about your age and more about how long you’ve been doing/not doing things that serve your health and your body.

If you’re ready to stop dieting and start living, email [email protected] and book your free consultation.

This article was written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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