A Diet is for Losing Weight. Right or Wrong?
A diet is for one reason, which is losing weight. Right? That’s what everybody says. The less you eat, the more weight you lose. Right? Perhaps this is questionable. In order to lose weight, you have to starve yourself. Right? Well, if you believe this, that’s one thing, But if you actually put this into practice, losing weight will be the least of your problems. The myth and mystery of a diet is due to the fact that most people don’t fully understand what it is. Everybody thinks that a diet is something that they have to go on. You don’t have to go on a diet. For all practical purposes, you are already on one. Everyone is on a diet. If you eat, you are on a diet.
What Exactly is a Diet?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary has two definitions for the word diet. The first definition is, “food and drink regularly provided or consumed.” The second is, “habitual nourishment.”
Why is the word diet considered an ugly word to many people? The definitions here have nothing to do with losing weight. But this is what most people think of when they think of diet. Likewise, when people think of losing weight, they automatically think of something that they think is unpleasant. A person’s first reaction to a diet is, “Oh no, I am going on a diet. This means I will have to eat less. I’ll be miserable.”
This is NOT TRUE. A diet is not necessarily something that you have to go on to lose weight. On the contrary, a diet is the selection of the foods you eat that determine whether or not you are overweight.
The Paradox of a Diet
If you think that you have to eat less to lose weight, I’m sorry my Friend, but you have been very misled. Did you know that overweight people and thin people eat the same amounts of food? Yes, this is true. The difference is the kinds of foods. The thin person eats more foods with carbohydrates and fiber. The overweight person eats more foods with fat content. This is the difference, and it is a major difference.
This relates to the second definition of diet, “habitual nourishment.” I’m not going to claim that eating is a habit. It is more of a necessity. Eating is something everyone has to do to survive. However, what you eat is considered a habit.
Therefore, in layman’s terms, a diet is what we eat. It is not something you have to go one. It is something that we have to do.So, if you think a diet means you have to stop eating, you are mistaken. If you constantly keep a negative image of diet in your mind, you can forget losing weight. It will never happen. You have to approach diet as a good thing. Approach it with a positive attitude.
Approach you own diet with care. Take notice of the foods you eat. If you don’t think you can’t lose weight, just take a moment and think about the foods you like to eat. Then, as you make this determination, you can stop telling yourself, “I need to go on a diet.” Instead, you will tell yourself, “I need to change my diet.”
Change your misconception of the word diet, and I promise you will be well on your way to accomplishing your goal.