Marla Ahlgrimm How To Diet Without Dieting

Marla AhlgrimmMany of us get caught up in the idea that we have to follow a strict diet in order to lose weight and be healthy. The truth is that structured eating plans are rarely effective as they are difficult to maintain and may not provide the body with all the nutrients they need, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Here, the women’s healthcare expert, author, and entrepreneur opens up about how to eat right for better health.

Q: Is it true that all diets lack something?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Typically, the trendy diets that you see online and television (think low-carb or paleo) tend to leave out important food groups. Further, strict calorie-reduction diets may mean that you eat too little. The best diet is to simply eat well and enjoy your indulgences in moderation.

Q: What is orthorexia?

Marla Ahlgrimm: This is a term coined in 1997 by an American physician named Steve Bratman. It refers to the obsession and physical side-effects of seeking the perfect diet. Orthorexia can leave you vitamin deficient and constantly craving the foods you cannot have.

Q: How often should we indulge sweet or fried treats?

Marla AhlgrimmMarla Ahlgrimm: If you are eating well throughout the week, which includes eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean meat, and dairy, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a late night snack or super savory dinner on a Friday night. Your doctor can help you make better choices based on your current lifestyle, weight, and health conditions.

Q: How can people who do not like vegetables incorporate more vitamins into their diet?

Marla Ahlgrimm: My favorite trick is to be adventurous in your eating. Try a new culture’s cuisine. Mexican, Chinese, and Indian foods are all well known for incorporating vegetables, such as peppers and onions, into each meal. Don’t be afraid to look up new recipes, even if it’s something you’ve never eaten before. You may be surprised at how delicious nutritious foods  can be.

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