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Dieting: the great American pastime

Atkins, South Beach, and Weight Watchers: sound familiar? Has dieting become the new great American pastime?

Are you continually trying to lose weight? Like thousands of Americans, you might be on a diet right now.

If you have tried many diets, then you probably have lost weight many times, only to gain it back. Countless diets have failed to help you reach your goal.

The experts and the latest infomercial kings will gasp at what I will propose here today. In fact, many of you will laugh at the craziness of this concept. Shake your heads, but don’t stop reading.

For many people, perhaps a lifetime of dieting is the healthiest approach to weight management.

That’s right. Forever bouncing from one diet to another may be the most effective approach to your weight management. Can this be possible, or healthy?

First, understand that not all diets are evil. In fact, many diets start with healthy ideas. They become tainted by the commercialization of the weight loss industry. Or they lose their novelty. Regardless, a diet may teach us principles of healthy eating and nutrition.

This is the key to eternal “diet-hopping.” If you can learn one healthy principle from any diet you try, you acquire a tendency toward better health. Obviously, by practicing only one principle, you are unlikely to achieve your ideal weight.

However, what if you could learn many principles of nutritious eating? Perhaps you can successfully practice one new principle per month.

For example, one diet suggests we avoid eating products made from refined flour. These foods lack nutrients. They do not provide fuel for our bodies. Eating them contributes to weight gain, this diet says.

Another diet suggests juicing fruits and vegetables. Another diet promotes cleansing and detoxification. Are you getting the picture?

The concept of forever-dieting may sound ridiculous, but consider this viewpoint: We are all on a journey to understand our bodies. If a diet teaches us a lesson, and we apply it in our daily lives, we may maintain a healthy weight.

If you have a history of losing weight, then ditching your diet, consider this. If healthy principles contributed to your initial weight loss, practice the same principles again at a later time.

In fact, continue to practice them. Like any great reward in life, your change of habits may seem awkward at first. If you return to them enough times in your life, they become easier.

With practice, the healthy principles stick, and the weight doesn’t. If we master and accumulate these principles, we radiate health.

For a free copy of the consumer report, “The 7 Most Successful Principles of the Diet Industry,” please contact fitness trainer Nina Schnipper at 948-0179, or send an e-mail to Nina Schnipper provides massage, nutrition and weight-control programs, and fitness training. Her column, “Anti-Aging Secrets,” occasionally appears in the Post Independent.

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