One of the most often quoted misconceptions when it comes to dieting is that you somehow need special foods to go about doing this. The food companies have taken this idea and blown it out to epic proportions, one only needs to go to any grocery store in the country to see aisles and aisles of specialty “diet products” which all claim to help the eater lose weight faster as compared to those who are eating regular food.
The truth of the matter is that this is about as far from the truth as you can get. If you’re looking to be healthy but don’t have the money to shell out for all of these high priced diet foods, you’re not incapable of losing weight. The fact of the matter is that if you choose to live healthy it’s a lifestyle, not a diet. Eating diet foods may help people lose weight, but unless those people choose to camp out in the diet aisle for the rest of their lives, the moment they start eating “normal food” again the weight will come back on and they will be stuck in an endless yo-yo procession.
The real secret to losing weight is to make reasonable changes in your lifestyle that you can maintain for a long period of time. If you can’t afford specialty “diet foods” or simply have no interest in consuming them regularly for the rest of your life, you’d do well to avoid them. Where you’d eat diet foods, instead start eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and try to stay far away from processed foods of any kind.
Not only are diet foods expensive, in many ways they may be more detrimental to your health than you realize. More and more nutritionists are speaking out against dietary additives like artificial sweeteners, saying that at the end of the day they are both bad for your body and relatively ineffective when it comes to losing weight. A better strategy is to slowly wean yourself away from sweet foods in general, rather than simply getting addicted to artificial means of sweetening products. In addition, there have been some studies that suggest that eating artificial sweeteners could be harmful to your health. These studies have not as yet been substantiated, but the fact that their harmful capabilities are in question should discourage most consumers from eating them.
Essentially, even those who are not on a budget should avoid diet foods. Instead, learn how to enjoy real foods, and you can save both money and inches on your waistline!