Health

Why Your Diet Isn’t Working Out

One concept Western society hasn’t seemed to grasp is that what goes into your body is just as important, if not more, as how much you consume. We have developed an obsession with counting calories, weighing our food, and exercising strictly for the sake of weight loss. None of what we’re doing is done because it feels good (like it should). Instead it’s done in vain, as if fueling and moving our bodies has become a calculation rather than a natural process.

This is where we fall short. It’s why so many people fall off the bandwagon of a healthy lifestyle. We are making it 10x harder on ourselves by restricting calories and necessary nutrients, all for a calculation that isn’t our body’s. We have lost touch with ourselves and our ability to listen to our own needs. Our bodies are not man-made machines; they are living, breathing organic beings. They weren’t made to digest low-fat, low-cal, chemically processed crap. They were meant to eat what grows naturally from the Earth– whole fruits, veggies, grains, legumes and nuts.

Losing weight and getting fit with the motive of finally having your “dream body” won’t last. Dream bodies don’t exist, our society and perspectives are constantly fluctuating. Besides, our idea of a perfect body can be unrealistic, especially when it’s based on the standards we see on social media. If we spend our lives trying to achieve the unachievable we will suffer from a life of disappointment and waste energy doing so. I know this is something a lot of us struggle with, myself very much included. The important thing is to remember you’re not an object meant to be molded, but an individual who deserves to be loved and cared for.

Instead of focusing on appearance, strive for a healthy body and mind. Wake up each morning and know you want to feel healthy today. Make it your ultimate goal to do the things that make you feel great, whether it’s trying a new nutritious recipe, or finding an exercise you actually enjoy doing. Learn what your body likes, and love yourself enough to give it that. I find keeping a health journal lets me know what foods make me feel great, without obsessing about quantity + calories. Take it slow, don’t overwhelm yourself with a complete lifestyle change in a day or it may not last long. Every week implement one or two healthy changes into your routine, and don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. It’s better to accept and move on than it is to dwell and feel negatively.

I promise if you take the time to make just a few changes a week it will become second nature, and something to look forward to each day. You will no longer have to try to live a healthy lifestyle, you’ll embody one fully and the benefits will be well worth your patience.

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10 Comments

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    Maireem
    March 14, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    These are such great tips! A healthy lifestyle is definitely about balance :) A good diets goes hand in hand with exercising in my experience :)

    Maireem | My Fair Autumn | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: myfairautumn

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      floradelsoul
      March 16, 2016 at 1:52 am

      Thank you! You’re so right, balance is key. Thanks for reading :)

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    Tanea
    March 16, 2016 at 8:43 am

    You’re so right. I’ve been trying to shift my mindset to remember that it’s about changing my lifestyle, not about being on a diet or losing weight. I do think counting calories and weighing food is important though, because some of us struggle with overeating, and I know that when I stay under my recommended calories and eat the right portions I feel so much better. Great post!!

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      floradelsoul
      March 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you! That’s true, counting calories can definitely help with portion control! I’ve counted calories in the past to get some perspective on how much I was eating and it did help, but I found if I did it for too long it would take the joy out of eating for me. I try to keep it simple for myself with a journal, only so I don’t get overwhelmed. Any method is a good method if it works for you personally!

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    Ana
    March 16, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Yes to everything you mention on this post! My family members always call me out because they think that I don’t eat because I have a naturally thin complexion, everybody thinks that I starve myself but the only thing I try to do is work out constantly and eating lots of vegetables. It also happens the other way around, some people are just not meant to be “thin” because it’s the way their body works, and I hate it when my friends get so angry about their bodies because they don’t fit the perfect girl stereotype. I just love how day by day everybody is conscious about the one thing that matters, that is eating healthy and loving your body! Great post!
    xx
    Ana
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      floradelsoul
      March 16, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much! You’re so right! I’ve dealt with similar issues in the past and one thing I’ve come to realize is that people are always going to have something to say, and just trying to stay true to whatever I think is best for myself and my body is most important. As long as what you’re doing makes you feel good and makes you happy, that’s all that matters. We all just have to learn to love ourselves + our bodies fully!

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    Ana
    March 16, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    btw, I just started following you on bloglovin’! I’m loving your blog :)

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      floradelsoul
      March 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m so happy to hear that! I just followed your blog as well, it’s wonderful! :)

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    Zorica
    March 17, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I’m trying to lose weight for a while, so this tips are very useful
    Thanks for sharing
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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      floradelsoul
      March 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      The most important thing is loving yourself! Good luck + thanks for reading! :)

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