Dieting vs. Lifestyle Change

Updated: Mar 5, 2021

Working in the modeling industry has taught me greatly. IMAGE IS EVERYTHING when it comes to modeling. Essentially, your image is the product you are selling to brands.

In 2013, I was advised to lose weight when I first attempted to break into the modeling industry (it took me 7 years to break into the industry). At the time, it was hard not to take the advice to heart when all you want to do is live your wildest dreams. Thus my ‘Dieting’ life chapter began. 👎

*PSA: It is RARE that a model goes their entire career eating what they want and not gaining weight from it. If that happens, that ish is genetics.

The difference between dieting and a lifestyle change is more simple than you think.

- A Diet is restricting yourself to specific foods in order to lose weight or for medical reasons.

- A Lifestyle Change is altering long-term habits (such as eating), and maintaining the new habits.

In my experience. Diets were not healthy for me. It was draining to restrict my food intake. What would happen if I craved a donut?? The idea of a piece of fruit was not enough. Also, I felt ashamed or like a failure when I would eat the foods I told myself I couldn't.

I’ve tried the Atkins Diet, the Paleo Diet, and the Diets I made up on my own that were a combination of other diets. Each of them left me sad. After two weeks of each diet, I felt so deprived that I would binge eat and be back to square one, ZERO weight loss.

After a couple years of going through the same cycle, I realized a Lifestyle Change is what worked best for me. Keep scrolling to read the eating habits I live by! 💚

You kept scrolling! Woop! 😍 Here are some of the eating habits that I live by:

1. Avoid gluten when I can. If I’m going to have bread, I typically eat it during lunch since I’m a sandwich kind of gal. Also, avoiding bread makes my stomach feel less bloated. However, if I'm in the mood for anything with gluten and my body and mind is telling me to eat it, you bet I'm going to eat the food!

2. Drink Smoothies. It can be really challenging to get the 5 to 13 recommended servings of fruits and veggies in a day.

Instead, I blend my fruits and veggies and have at least one smoothie a day. I notice I have healthier skin when I eat my fruits and veggies.

3. Have Dairy in moderation. Or if you have the willpower, go dairy free. I’m lactose intolerant so this habit was inspired by that. Over 75 percent of humans, including 25 percent of Americans are unable to digest lactose, the main sugar found in milk. This results in cramping, bloating, and other unpleasant symptoms. I know, I know but CHEESE AND ICE CREAM AND MILK!! Luckily, there are plenty of dairy-free alternatives nowadays which makes the transition to a dairy in moderation (or dairy-free) lifestyle easier.

4. Eat Often. I eat a minimum of three meals a day and maximum of six meals a day. This way of eating decreases my hunger and increases my fullness which prevents me from overeating. Have you ever forgotten to eat a meal and become so hungry that you eat whatever you have access to? For me, the food that was easily accessible happened to be fast food and junk food which can make me feel like crap.

Overall, I choose a Lifestyle Change over Dieting any day, every day. I have found this makes me happier, healthier, and humane (goodbye hangry)! 🥰

Warmest Wishes,

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