A staggering 45 million Americans diet every year, spending $33 billion annually on weight loss products, according to Boston Medical Center. And while keeping your weight within a health range is important, depriving yourself of all of the foods you love may be going about things the wrong way. Why? Because not only can restricting your diet lead to unexpected consequences, including everything from slowing down your metabolism to burnout and slip-ups, but it can also detrimentally impact your quality of life.
Enter International Diet Day (INDD). Here’s a closer look at this annual observation, along with why people all over the world will be getting in on the edible action this Saturday, May 6.
The Truth About Dieting
A growing body of evidence indicates that calorie restriction diets don’t work. In fact, says Slate, “In reality, 97 percent of dieters regain everything they lost and then some within three years. Obesity research fails to reflect this truth because it rarely follows people for more than 18 months. This makes most weight-loss studies disingenuous at best and downright deceptive at worst.”
It’s absolutely true that obesity is associated with a number of health hazards. However, researchers are increasingly realizing that dieting may not only be the wrong approach but a dangerous one. Concludes Slate, “So why, then, are we so deeply invested in treatments that not only fail to do what they’re supposed to—make people thinner and healthier—but often actively makes people fatter, sicker, and more miserable?”
The International No Diet Day Solution
This is what makes INDD so important: By taking the focus off of dieting and encouraging people to rediscover the joy of eating the foods they love, it promotes a different, healthier perspective. Says National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC), “International No Diet Day is an annual celebration of body acceptance, fat acceptance, and body diversity.”
In fact, INDD is aligned with a general shift away from deprivation and toward a focus on wellness and nutrition. As Ruth Bernstein, chief strategic officer at imaging agency YARD, told Business Insider, “The current body positivity movement is driving a message that we should accept and make the most of our bodies, as opposed to seeing it as something our bodies as something that needs to be fixed and changed.”
Want to indulge but still worried about overdoing it? We’ve got good news for you on that front, too. According to researchers as reported by WebMD, the occasional splurge won’t tank your weight loss efforts. Not only that, but having a cheat day every once in while may actually help you come out ahead. Says FitDay, “Eating the same thing all the time can be boring and drag you down, both mentally and physically…A cheat day isn’t mandatory when dieting but it often helps curb week-long cravings, allowing you to refocus in the week to come.”
Echoes LA-based Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Margaret Floyd, “Here’s the only rule I will ever strictly enforce with myself and with others. If you are going to have that treat, if you’re going to indulge in some guilty pleasure, then the absolute most important thing is that you truly, fully enjoy it. Eating something you think you shouldn’t and beating yourself up about it the whole time — something that I see people do every single day — is far, far more damaging to your body than eating that very same food and delighting in it.”
Making the Most of INDD
In other words, if you’re going to do it, do it right. And we can think of no better way to make the most of INDD than with help from FoodyDirect. From hearty, wholesome, Italian classics from Mario & Joe at Port Chester, New York’s famed Tarry Market to cheesesteaks from Campo’s Deli which give new meaning to the phrase “food you can really sink your teeth into,” there’s no shortage of extraordinary ways to indulge in the best foods the country has to offer. Choose from an extensive inventory including everything from pizza and pasta to Texas barbecue and steak.
And we haven’t even gotten to dessert yet. Of course, you can’t go wrong with ice cream, custard and sorbet; pie, cookies and brownies; cakes and cupcakes, and much, much more. But unexpected options like edible cookie dough – hailed by the Hallmark Channel as “a hug for your mouth” — are guaranteed to blissfully broaden your culinary horizons.
While nutritious noshing has its benefits, allowing calories to take over can be bad for both body and soul. INDD provides an important reminder — and delicious opportunity — to embrace all of life’s most appetizing offerings. Get started by browsing FoodyDirect’s amazing menu of mouthwatering appetizers, meals, desserts and more today.