Finding Your Balance from A to Chi: Living Healthy Does Not Involve Dieting

College is supposed to be the best four years of your life, so why not love every minute of it?

Living in such a fast-paced world, we have learned to love instant gratification. Why wait when you can have something now? Unfortunately, this mentality has rubbed off in all aspects of our lives, including our eating habits. Especially because of the constant exposure to seemingly “perfect” images in the media, we feel a need to succumb to these societal pressures. Consequently, we quickly forget the difference between living a healthy lifestyle and living by quick-fix diets.

Just mindlessly flipping through women-oriented magazines, you can pass about five advertisements about dieting. How many headlines do you read that say, “Lose 10 pounds in one week!” or “Drop two dress sizes in just two weeks!”? While these stories may be compelling, the naturalness and longevity of the weight loss is questionable. Even though eating only an apple a day for one week will help you lose weight, you are depriving your body of the essential nutrients it needs to help keep you going.

While these fad-diets may seem like the best way to fit into that itsy-bitsy dress this weekend, the results are only temporary. The key to living healthy and feeling good is all about being happy. Food, exercise, and balance between your academic and social lives are all key to living well. Once you are able to find harmony in those aspects of your life, the rest is simple. Trust me.

My challenge for you: the next time you hear of the “latest crash diet” or read about the “fastest way to lose weight,” don’t pay attention to it! Focus on how youwant to live your life. Whether it means going for a run or allowing yourself to indulge in that piece of cake, do what makes you happy. Remember, college sets the foundation for the rest of your life, so create healthy habits that will last a lifetime!

By Eva Zymaris