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ericabaroncellidietista.it was born from the desire and the need to highlight the seriousness of a professional who works in the health sector: The dietitian.

 

This site aims to provide useful information, clear and necessary to anyone who wants to have a positive impact on their lifestyle so as to improve their physical and mental state and to those who needs a therapy intervention focused on diet.

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THE TRUE MEANING OF BEING ON A DIET

THE TRUE MEANING OF BEING ON A DIET - Erica Baroncelli Dietitian

Quite often, many people who want to get fit, resort to last minute remedies, like DIY (do it yourself) diets, to numerous inexperienced greedy specialists, or fancy diets published in magazines which are extremely dangerous to their health!

The risk of the method “I want everything now!” (that is to adopt hasty and irresponsible principles) is that you reach the desired level of fitness extremely fast, however, in a short period of time, you gain back the weight you have lost or even more. This happens because of the “Jo-Jo Syndrome” which, in the long term, increases fat mass and reduces muscle mass and makes it even more difficult to lose weight by fuelling the fierce daily war against themselves and against the defenceless and so despised scale. All this leads inevitably to a counterproductive and detrimental vicious circle that includes incorrect mental and body functions. The conclusion: loss of self-esteem, obsession with food, guilt, binge eating… lost time… Who is willing to pay for a similar result? Actually, over the last decades, the word “diet” has been associated with a meaning exclusively related to slimming, which excludes totally the rest important and essential qualities that define its original meaning. The word “diet” simply means "way of life" ( from latin diaita, from greek dìait), that is to have a healty lifestyle for the well-being of the person by adopting useful and healty habits regarding the general and alimentary behaviour (concerning the quality and quantity of food) and exercising. Therefore, the best approach to achieve this goal is NUTRITIONAL EDUCATION. Its first aim is to allow the person to be aware of the signs of hunger-satiety and play an active role in constructing their nutritional identity in order to  integrate the new eating and behavioral habits to the new and better lifestyle and maintaining them and their benefits for the rest of their lives. If necessary, it may be helpful to create a personalized food guide as an example upon which they “build” their own choices.

 

“This is one of the most important criteria;

it is based on my beliefs

and my professional values!”

BAD HABITS ARE LIKE A COMFORTABLE BED...

BAD HABITS ARE LIKE A COMFORTABLE BED... - Erica Baroncelli Dietitian

It’s very difficult to change completely and at once our wrong eating habits into more healthy ones, let alone maintaining them over time.

Diets based on restriction end to failure because, during a diet, our will power cannot permanently fight and overcome the desire to eat . Food diets focus strictly on food and this inevitably and constantly leads to thinking about food that we are not allowed to consume.

If there is an extraordinary will power, we may overcome the desire for a certain period of time but it is impossible to keep doing it forever. Therefore, we return to our old and wrong habits, regaining the lost weight. The result? Trying not to think about food when we are hungry is impossible and thinking about it, inevitably leads to EATING it.

This is also fully demonstrated in researches; if any diet could keep its “promises”, the obesity epidemic would have been cured many years ago. In fact, in Italy, 4 million individuals are obese and more than 15 million are overweight and the rate of overweight Italian children is 36% (23,6% overweight and 12,3% obese).

Diets are so effective in keeping weight under control that almost 95% of the people who try them ends up in having the same weight as the year before, if not more!

Diets fail for various interrelated reasons:

  • Food deprivation leads to desiring it and, finally, eating it.
  • Diets based on counting calories or carbohydrates or any other food diet ensure that food becames an obsession ( the continuous fight with hunger is, to say the least, traumatic!)
  • Being on a diet distances you from normal feelings of hunger or satiety.
  • Diets turn normal food into “forbidden fruit” and who can resist?
  • Many diets deprive you of important nutrients  that can cause physical damage in the long term if you don’t give up eventually.
  • Many diets are too time-consuming and complicated to follow.

 

The striking reality is that it’s not the people who fail to follow diets but diets “betray” people because they lead to a behaviour that goes against the human nature and its need to be nourished, therefore, triggering a counterproductive and detrimental vicious circle that influences both the body and the mind!!!

 

"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed; 

it’s easy to get in but it’s difficult to get out."

 

Erica Baroncelli Dietitian

Erica Baroncelli Dietitian

Erica Baroncelli Dietitian

Erica Baroncelli Dietitian

Erica Baroncelli Dietitian