Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is debunking common food and nutrition myths by giving you facts about sugar, fat—even comfort food — and more, so you can feel good about diggin' the foods that you love. Danielle is studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Her favorite class is Micronutrient Metabolism, and she's currently interning at CHOP and at a private practice in Trenton, NJ. I'm thrilled that she's shedding some fresh and passionate "Eating Lithe" insight here on Fit.Hip.Healthy! Today we're talking maintenance:
I’ll admit. Deep inside, I have definitely fallen victim to it. The crunch-time mentality. When you’ve eaten like a preteen for weeks and realize your friend's wedding, your vacation, your son’s bar mitzvah (had to throw that in there) is lurking around the corner and it's time to hit the gym and diet track HARD. Ya know - we all do it. Heck, in the diet and exercise world we analyze behavioral patterns and trends all day long. It tells us peaks and lulls in business. Here’s the thing though- it’s a slippery slope, this mentality and I’ll tell you why.One of the biggest things we preach as (future) dietitians is maintenance. When a client comes in and says “I want to lose x pounds for x event,” heads always shake left to right. Setting a goal is great and encouraged, but the goal of that goal is to stretch it out as far as possible. Did you know that in most cases of successful weight loss the goal is 1 pound or less per week? Gradual weight reduction has been found to improve weight loss outcomes solely because the weight stays off. Think about it: the more time you take, the more you expose yourself to improvements in diet and exercise - the stronger you get. New changes turn into better habits and the easier it all becomes. Once you lose the weight, shed the inches, and change the diet (the hardest part), remember the secret to success is ... maintenance.
While you pack away your swimsuits as fall approaches and start thinking that sweaters will blanket our bodies and we can "let go" - stop. Because it’s not about one short-term goal. It’s the long haul we’re worried about. So what happens if work gets crazy, the kids' schedules pick up, it's cold, it's raining, and on and on? What if you only get to 2-3 classes one week, or cook dinner once, or friends come in from out of town and you decide to take them to every one of your favorite spots to eat? IT'S OK! Some weeks are better than others. Our goal is to not let the bad ones derail us. We steer this train, Lithers! Too overwhelmed to cook? Keep a tighter watch on takeout orders and portion sizes. Feel like an hour of a class is more than you can commit to today? Go for a walk, do some crunches and push-ups in your living room. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. WE define what throws our train off the tracks. The goal is to never give up on your health- it’s YOUR decision. Maintain, maintain. That’s the name of the game.
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