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STOP Dieting and START Living a Lifestyle of Happiness

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Stop Dieting and Start Living a Lifestyle of Happiness

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by everything you read in a magazine, see on social media or hear on TV about weight loss? I decided to do some research on diets and find more about this subject! When making a lifestyle change it must be within our limits, reachable to live for a lifetime, and doable within our budget! It’s not one size fits all! Now you can stop dieting.

It needs to be called “lifestyle of happiness” instead of using the term “weight loss.”

How can you enjoy life if you’re on a diet all the time? Is that a way to live? How do we teach our children about healthy habits and enjoy life at the same time, if we don’t do it ourselves? Are you allowing social media, magazines and TV to influence you on how to live and eat. Don’t let the number on the scale determine what we should look like?

I think love is the way to a happy life filled with gratitude.

We put unnecessary stress our bodies with diets. The research has shown that many weight loss diets, fad shake diets, etc. are not a balanced and healthy way of losing weight. It doesn’t foster lifelong healthy habits. Although, they have become a popular part of the health industry. Why is that? People want a quick fix and the creators of the diet often create a popular or fad diet simply to make money off of you. We are constantly bombarded with ‘diets’ on social media, radio, and TV. It feels overwhelming at times, diets that promise to help you lose weight to the ones that can lead to FLASE hope that losing weight is magically LIFE CHANGING! All they do is deprive you of life, joy in your heart and food you enjoy. They don’t teach you how to add healthy habits or how to budget a healthy lifestyle into your life. It doesn’t show you how to create new habits that fit your life and budget. The reason I know so much about fad diets vs. making a lifestyle change, is that I learned from OWN my experience. As a young girl, I had an eating disorder, which then lead me into the yo-yo dieting roll coaster. In 2016, I decided it was enough of this up and down roller coaster I was on. I wanted a lifestyle that was more focused on being mindful and thoughtful around a healthly and fit lifestyle. This is when Sassy Mom Fitness was created!

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In my own experience I learned that “fad diets” can result in temporary weight loss, but can lead to malnutrition and subsequent weight gain! It causes you to lose the lack of control in your life and body, always feelings deprived of life, always feeling hungry and always feeling frustrated. You are always looking at the number on the scale! It’s like an eating disorder, but the only  difference is you’re eating, you’re counting calories, replacing meals with shakes or following a meal plan. You keep plugging away until you lose the weight, but what happens after you’re done? Did it teach it you how to live a healthy and fit lifestyle? Did it provide you long-term support, and help provide a program the will help teach you about taking small steps to smart change? Did it give you freedom to enjoy life? Did it bring the best version of yourself? If not, lets talk about being aware of dietary restrictions.

You need to be aware of the dietary restrictions that come along with the diet that you’re choosing. If the diet is low calorie, a fad shake diet, counting calories etc, your hormones and metabolism can get out of balance because your body needs proper nutrtients to run properly and stay healthy. Think of food as your fuel, your body needs a certain amount of calories a day so it can function properly at a cellular level. It provides each cell in your body the nutrients it needs to function and help fight against disease. Your cells work more optimally with compatable nutrtients. In turn this helps the body become a fighting machine. It will help keep illness and diease at bay. It’s important to eat the recommended number of calories based on your age,height, sex and level of exercise. You can locate important apps on your phone, to help keep your body at its recommended weight.

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The dieting world can consist of people depriving themselves of food that they would normally like to eat in their daily lives. Diets give you a timeline and when your diet is done you resort back to your old habits, which causes the weight to come back, plus some. Again, I emphasize unless you permanently change your eating and exercise habits these diets often lead you back to where you started. Nothing has changed and you didn’t learn anything. You failed at your diet and now you have extra weight from that diet!

This is why a lifestyle change makes more sense. It must show you and teach how to make small steps to SMART change and how to make it fit your lifestyle and budget. Your goals must be reachable and you must be able to maintain it for a lifetime. According to research, only five percent of dieters can successfully keep the weight off after dieting. Most dieters regain a third of the weight they lost on a diet within one year of going off the diet. Nearly all of the weight they lost is back within three to five years. Often a person ends up heavier than before they went on their ‘diet’. I hope when you decide to go on a diet that you rethink your approach and get the right support you need.

Sassy Mom Fitness Mission is NOT just another weight loss studio or a quick fix to weight loss. My mission is to help moms rejuvenate their mind, body and life WITH ease, grace, and happiness. I want to teach you how to empower, embrace and love the body you’re in, and aspire you to be the BEST version of yourself. I want to provide you with access to the fitness classes and health coaching at your fingertips. I WANTED to give you the opportunity to do it in the comfort of your home or on the go. Sassy Mom Fitness is a growing platform that gives the power of health to mothers EVERYWHERE!

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Sassy Mom Fitness tip; before you enter any weight loss program etc. We recommend you love yourself and your body, and stop comparing yourself and your body to others. You must feel comfortable and sexy in your skin, and live in the present moment so you can enjoy the simple things in life!

 

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Rachel Duran

Rachel Duran Still, the founder of Sassy Strong Mom, doesn’t want to be like everyone else. The fitness platform she created isn’t just about losing the weight, it’s a lifestyle. Sassy Mom Fitness is not about a quick fix to weight loss, it’s about the personal and positive growth that will cause a permanent change. Rachel Duran knows all too well about the struggle of dieting. She tried every diet out there, took the pills that claimed great results, and even battled with an eating disorder. But what Duran realized was that improving your health was much more than just dieting and physical appearance; it’s a lifestyle that requires change mentally and spiritually. With personal life experiences from her journey, Rachel Duran is now an advocate for those who want to take that next step and become a better version of themselves. Furthermore, she’s a mind and body coach and a fellow mom that knows the everyday challenges of a chaotic schedule and not taking time for yourself. Duran’s mission with Sassy Strong Mom to empower other moms and teach them how to love their body they are in, and how to take care of it. Not only that but to have fun while doing it and to embrace their sassy and sexy side! SSM (Sassy Strong Mom) is designed to help women take that step and start to take time and focus on themselves. It’s not one size fits all. Sometimes it may just be repeating kind words to yourself in the mirror, or taking time to organize your thoughts and reboot. Becoming emotionally, mentally, and spiritually stronger are all important aspects that the SSM platform recognizes and encourages because it’s not all about the physical fitness and health part. In the end, this platform brings moms alike toward personal growth and self-love. A platform like Sassy Strong Mom makes it so you no longer have to go through your lifestyle change alone and can have access to help at your fingertips.

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  1. Cascia Talbert January 24, 2018

    Great points here. It is important for anyone choosing to go on a diet to do their research first. Losing weight comes with many challenges and one diet and fitness program might work for one person but not for another. Our bodies are very different and respond differently to changes. If you are considering going on a new diet and fitness program we recommend that you discuss it with your doctor first.

    Thank you for sharing this, Rachel.

  2. Rachel Duran April 2, 2018

    I happy that you liked it!

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