“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Add some colour to your plate

“You don’t HAVE TO eat veggies to lose weight. All you need to do is eat fewer calories than you burn off every day. The rest is personal preference.”

This is one that comes up A LOT in the current group of 18 to 35 year-olds. The theory is that if calories are all that matter for weight loss, then I’ll just eat the number of calories I need to, from foods that I enjoy eating. Simple, right?

“I have never liked vegetables, so I’ll simply leave them out,” is something that a lot of grown-ups seem to subscribe to!

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So here’s the thing – if all you care about is getting thinner, then you can easily do the strategy above, and you can achieve your “goals”. Following that logic, you could eat one chocolate bar per day, and lose weight. It’d work, too.

Veggies are not mandatory for weight loss. But…

How healthy would you be?

What kind of digestive health would you have? What would your body look like when it has no nutrients in it? And how sick would you eventually become? These are the questions you need to give some attention to.

You see, losing weight is about becoming healthier, as well as leaner. And vegetables are the fuel source that will help you get both of these results, because they contain a whole bunch of things your body really needs. No one can live a long, healthy, and active life without essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. These are things you’re not going to find in a donut.

Make your diet a colourful one, and get the best weight loss while feeling your best, too.

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