The business savvy have taken advantage of America’s obesity epidemic, formulating an untold number of diets in attempts to appeal to every individual with a spare piece of flab. They’ve catered to the meat eaters, the “pre-cooked needed”, the “I lack self control” and the “let me eat cake”. They’ve created books, CDs, internet communities and local chapters. They’ve made it quick and easy to sign up for a diet, hoping that convenience will allow them to corner the market on weight loss. But even with all of this, they’ve failed to prepare for one thing. They failed to take into account that America might get smarter and shun diets, which is exactly what it is doing.
Ten years ago, 35 percent of women and 23 percent of men were on diets. Today, those numbers are 29 and 19, respectively. Very few individuals are opting for the extreme route, cutting out food groups or severely limiting calories. And of those who are on diets, most have created their own. Yet 60 percent of surveyed Americans are attempting to lose an average of 20 pounds. If they aren’t hopping on a diet bandwagon, what are they doing? They’re eating balanced meals and exercising regularly. They are choosing to forgo deprivation and disappointment in favor of healthy living. And you can too. Rather than attempting to only eat at night or never touch anything with fat, focus on eating fewer calories than you burn and ingesting all of the nutrients that you need. Load your plate with fruits, veggies and whole grains. Have protein but in small amounts when from animals. Embrace fish oil, fiber and folate with a renewed vigor. Never forget calcium and vitamin C. And exercise. Be active and you’ll be healthy.