How to make healthy eating sustainable

Here’s a great rule to live by:

  • If you can’t see yourself on this diet in 1, 2 or 3 years, then it’s not right for you.
  • Far too often, people go on extreme diets they can’t maintain, which means they never actually develop long-term, healthy eating habits.
  • There are some frightening weight gain statistics showing that most people regain all the weight they lost soon after attempting a weight loss diet.
  • As always, balance is key. Unless you have a specific disease or dietary requirement, no food needs to be off limits forever. By totally eliminating certain foods, you may actually increase cravings and decrease long-term success.
  • Basing 90% of your diet on whole foods and eating smaller portions will allow you to enjoy treats occasionally yet still achieve excellent health.
  • This is a far healthier approach than doing the opposite and eating 90% processed food and only 10% whole food like many people do.
  • Create a healthy diet that you can enjoy and stick with for the long term. If you want unhealthy foods, save them for an occasional treat.
 

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