NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

I think we may all know how it goes, a New Years Resolution of losing weight that collects into a pile of dust …. Or rather, collects into an addition of a few more pounds rather than that spectacular “diet” you had the plans of completing.

We have all heard about the latest gluten free, non-GMO, no carb diets, as well as diet plans found at your local Complete Nutrition. I’m sure many of you have tried them out, myself included. While I may have lost a pound here or there while on my diet plan of a couple months by the end of the diet I was ready to eat some “real” food. It was back to my favorite pancakes, the infamous horseshoe, and Starbucks macchiatos. Yep, you guessed it, I gained it back and my New Years Resolution was a bust.

Months ago I made the decision to make a lifestyle change, one that I hope to continue for the rest of my life. Here’s the top five reasons why I decided to make the change, and why you should also!

  1. Energy

Fad diets, often those restricting carbohydrates or fats, increases fatigue and decreases body energy. A decrease in body energy can cause low blood pressure as well as athletic performance. Staying active is one of the easiest and best ways to staying healthy and happy.

 2. No More Binging

For those of you that have tried fad diets, there is most often an ending time for completion. When the time comes it is like the world of food has unleashed and you just can’t keep your hand out of the cookie jar. Cookie after cookie, soda after soda, and eventually pound after pound. Making a healthy lifestyle change allows you to treat yourself, OCCASIONALLY. If you are craving chocolate, eat the brownie, but remember, moderation is key.

  1. Less Stress/ Mood Swings

A staff writer from UCLA, Shannon Wongvibulsin, wrote an amazing article on healthy food choices that reduce stress by strengthening the immune system. Vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, and fatty acids were three of the top nutrients that aid in lowering stress. Fad diets often don’t allow enough food in the diet, replacing with shakes or smoothies, skipping a meal, or drinking a broth-like substance causes more stress than one thinks. Not having the adequate amount of nutrients and food to satisfy hunger is an easy entry for anxiety.

4. Cheaper

Eating well does not have to cost a lot of money. As a college student I most certainly know the struggle of staying on budget while maintaining my healthy lifestyle.  My best suggestions are to find the best deals. Find out which vegetables have the best sale, which fruits are in season and have the lowest cost, and don’t be afraid to buy the generic brand bread or rice. On the online, Worldometer, it shows money spent on weight loss programs in the USA today accounts for nearly $68,000,000 and is rapidly increasing.

5. TIME

You MUST be patient. Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight. So many fad diets and weight-loss programs promise quick and easy weight loss. You must understand, it’s not that easy. To have a successful weight loss journey you must make permanent changes to your lifestyle. Find something that gives you the motivation to continue your lifestyle change, because waiting and being patient is the hardest step for many to continue their journey. Remember why you are making the change and who you have in your life that you want to stay healthy for.

Shayla GrosenheiderShayla Grosenheider
Illinois State University

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