It’s been two weeks into 2022 and it’s very likely that you’re already struggling to stick to your New Year’s Diet.
Although you’re not alone, one expert has claimed that there are actually three simple reasons why you should fall off the wagon.
Registered dietitian Jimmy Nadeau, known as a balanced nutrition expert on social media, admits that while it can be “hard to accept,” it’s key to getting back on track.
She told her 145,000 followers on TikTok that the former couldn’t be more basic.
“If the diet that was working for you really worked and was sustainable, you would still do it,” she said.
The second reason focuses more on the results – or shortcomings – in the long run.
Jamie said: “Dieting and restriction do not usually lead to long-term weight loss.
“What it results in is long-term weight gain.”
And third and finally, Mommy Jamie urged dieters to stay away from certain mindsets that encourage unhelpful behavior.
“The ‘all or nothing’ mentality and ‘I’ll start again on Monday, I might eat whatever I want tonight because I screwed up the day’ is a mindset that gets you stuck,” she said.
Jamie, who has been a registered dietitian and nutrition coach for more than six years, summarized her advice in a comment.
“If you’re struggling with any of these, put some focus on changing that mindset,” she wrote.
“Otherwise, you will get stuck on that hamster wheel.”
Other experts have endorsed Jimmy’s claims, as well as highlighting the importance of a balanced diet when it comes to improving sleep.
Food is an “unrecognized contributor” to good or bad sleep, said Marie-Pierre Saint-Ong, an assistant professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York who has been researching the topic for nearly a decade.
Writing in Knowable Magazine, she claimed that cutting back on sugar and saturated fat, while increasing fiber, could be the trick to getting a good night’s rest.
“Our studies over the past seven years have shown that eating more fiber and reducing saturated fat and sugar during the day leads to deeper, less disruptive sleep at night,” she said.
“It may be especially beneficial to eat a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, and olive oil.”
The Med diet is also low in red and processed meats and full-fat dairy, with more fish-based dishes, which are rich in tryptophan – an amino acid that the human body can’t make itself but can be ingested in foods.
Chicken, eggs, bananas, cheese, fish, nuts, turkey seeds, and tofu all contain them, but they are also commonly used as a supplement to relieve sleep disturbances, including insomnia.
“In our research, those who followed this diet were 1.4 times more likely to get a good night’s sleep and 35 percent less likely to have insomnia,” said Dr. St-Onge.