How Dieting Differs from Losing Weight


Diet versus Losing Weight

After a weekend of splurging on unhealthy foods, do you sometimes proclaim to the world that you’re going to begin dieting on Monday? If you’re like many veteran dieters, you might always be off of your plan before Tuesday morning. For some people, the word dieting conjures up many negative images. Restrictions, hunger, and outrageous food combinations are just a few of the things that some people struggling to control their weight associate with dieting. However, dieting at its core simply means cutting calories in an effort to lose weight.

Restricting calories in itself is not a bad thing. After all, a person needs to burn more calories than he or she consumes over a period of time in order to lose the pounds and obtain a healthy weight. However, people who try to accomplish this task with dieting often consume too little calories from the wrong types of foods. They may even ban entire food groups that are vital to their overall health and wellbeing. While losing weight in the short-term with restrictive diets is possible, it’s usually not sustainable. After the weight is lost and you resume your normal eating activities, you may gain all of it back. Sadly, some people end up gaining back more weight than they lost by following a fad diet.

In order to lose weight and keep it off forever, you need to exchange dieting for a eating real food. Losing weight the right way is empowering instead of frustrating "Yo-Yo" effects from dieting. Once you become familiar with eating delicacies such as lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, dairy, and whole grains, you will possess the tools to achieving your dream weight and maintaining it. You won’t ever have to worry about burdensome calorie counting again. Forcing yourself to eat pre-packaged bland meals geared to dieters will also be a thing of the past. Eating can become an enjoyable event rather than a dreaded necessity.

So, if you want to make some positive changes to your waistline, concentrate on losing weight by eating foods that will allow you to do it naturally — instead of always dieting.

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