Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dani Spies Weighs In on Dieting

A friend of mine just forwarded me an eNewsletter from Dani Spies (pictured on the left) - the popular Health & Food Coach and Fitness Trainer. She featured an interesting article in it about dieting - America's favorite topic! The title of the article sums it up "Why Weight? Diets Don't Work". I thought, awesome, she's going to tell me that I can eat everything and still look like her! Well, not really (more on that later).

She does have some great points about diets:

  • Diets don’t work because each person is unique: how could one diet be right for everyone?

  • Diets don’t work because they are extreme solutions

  • Diets don’t work because they are too restrictive

Dani believes that "balance and a sustainable weight are your body’s natural state" and that there is "no such thing as a quick fix". Slowing-down, eating a home-cooked meal, listening to your inner wisdom and feeding yourself wisely are her great suggestions for keeping your body healthy and stabilizing your weight.

So my take-home message is that I can eat what I want, but I must be mindful about it (within moderation, as my mother would say!). Remember, as the old saying goes - you are what you eat. Thanks, Dani, for an inspiring article ... I'm off to eat broccoli and hummus but you can read the article in it's entirety here.

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