NEWMARKET – Saturday, May 6th is International No Diet Day (INDD), a celebration of body acceptance and the diversity of natural body shapes and sizes. In recognition of this day, nutritionists from York Region Health Services encourage residents to place less emphasis on the number on the scale, stop the dieting cycle and focus on adopting a healthy lifestyle for overall better health and well-being.
INDD was established to challenge society's standard of appearance that encourages thinness as the ideal body shape. The obsession with body weight and being thin has produced devastating results, including a preoccupation with food and weight, depression, potentially dangerous weight-loss surgery and deadly eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
The most common method used by Canadians trying to lose weight is dieting. Popular diets are tempting because they often promise quick weight-loss. However, they also forbid specific foods, have rigid menus and are unbalanced. It has been found that 75% of people who start diets quit them in less than one year. In addition, most of these people regain all the weight they lost and sometimes more. Following these dieting patterns over a long period can produce negative and lasting health complications.
Instead of dieting, there are realistic ways to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. In a large United States study, researchers followed individuals who had lost a significant amount of weight and had maintained the weight loss for over a year. They found the secret to success was achieved by practicing simple healthy behaviours including eating low-fat, high-carbohydrate foods, eating breakfast on a regular basis, engaging in regular physical activity and keeping a daily food diary.
There is no magic diet or pill for long-term weight loss. The best way to achieve and maintain a healthy body is through regular physical activity and healthy eating. Feel good about yourself and recognize that healthy bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
For more information on healthy eating or other health-related issues, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 to speak to a Registered Dietitian or visit www.york.ca
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