The word “DIET” can either be a noun, verb or adjective
- The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats…..“a vegetarian diet“…”health problems related to you diet”
- A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons….. “I’mgoing on a diet”
- Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight…. “it’s difficult to diet” …. crash-diet……”she dieted for most of her life”
- reduced in calories….. “a diet soft drink
- promoting weight loss (as by depressing appetite)….. “diet pills”
The word DIET has many connotations. Diet, dieter, dieting, crash-diet, elimination-diet, balanced-diet… I’m on a diet…. Arghhh I hate dieting…. This diet sucks….. Can you recommend a good diet….What do you think about the _______ diet?
Then there’s the “DIETS” themselves: south-beach diet, Fodmap diet, Paleo diet, raw food diet, alkaline diet, blood type diet, werewolf diet, cookie diet, five-bite diet, gluten free diet, master cleanse/lemonade diet (Not!), baby food diet, cabbage soup diet, grapefruit diet, HCG diet, nutri-system, tapeworm diet (ewwwwww gross), the ornish diet, the volumetrics diet, The Jenny Craig diet, the anti-inflammatory diet, OMG and get this….The cotton ball diet (seriously people???)…… Shall I go on….there’s hundreds more of these….crazy diets!
A fad diet is a diet that promises quick weight loss through what is usually an unhealthy and unbalanced diet. Fad diets are targeted at people who want to lose weight quickly without exercise. Some fad diets claim that they make you lose fat, but it’s really water weight you’re losing.
As a practicing dietitian, as well as in my personal life, I do NOT use the word “DIET”, because to me, it’s negative… I prefer “Life style”… “healthy eating”…… “Meal planning”….heart healthy….. These sound better and don’t have anything negative attached to it…A Diet is not about eating vegetables all day long.. It’s not about “OMITTING” food groups that provide macro and micro-nutrients that we ALL need to survive! Weight loss is a gradual process of lifestyle change and behavior modification. It is not a “quick-fix” and that’s all that a “diet” is good for… quick results that are not lasting and do not teach proper eating, lifestyle choices, new habits and changed behaviors!
So if a diet is what you want….Then go for it!
BUT you if you want to look and feel your best for the rest of your life then consider a “healthy life style” that you can pass on to your children and become a positive role model for those who surround your world!
Think about it the next time you see or use the word “DIET”