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Diet vs. Lifestyle Change

Since most diets are difficult to follow and stick to and because weight loss is difficult to maintain, it is no surprise that "diet" is considered a four-letter word. I have heard people complain that they "practically live on a diet," and with that mindset, how could the "dieter" not feel deprived? The reality of the situation is that very few people can eat everything they want, not exercise, and not gain weight. Everyone's metabolism slows down at 40, really it does.

So if you think about dieting as making a lifestyle change, it truly makes living the healthy life easier. It also helps keep the pounds off. So if you think lifestyle change is just a euphemism for "diet," I beg to differ. If becoming healthy is your end goal (and losing weight is often part of that goal) then your end goal really has no end. It is the life you are now living. You have to keep exercising and watching what you eat because that is what a healthy person does.

So replace the word "diet" with "nutrition," as in "I am eating for nutrition." While you are at it, think not about "losing weight" but "losing body fat", since that is what you want to lose. The scale might not change as your body changes if you are replacing fat with muscle. A pound of muscle takes up a lot less room than a pound of fat.


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Anais18 Anais18 10 years
I lead a healthy lifestyle. I don't get all those people who diet specifically for a special event just to fit in some ridiculous piece of clothing, and then when it's all done they go back to their bad eating habbits. the word "diet" should be deleted from the dictionary. It's all about changing the way you lie and sticking with it for good!
ley ley 10 years
right, it also bugs me when people ask about whether or not they should try this diet or that diet
backnskinnyjeans backnskinnyjeans 10 years
I never liked the word diet either because it always sounded like "Die-you". To me, diets kill your spirit because most are based on deprivation, guilt, and restriction. Food is meant to be a pleasure too, and most "diets" don't allow for that.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Great post Fit! I totally agree that changing our thinking from diet to life change, totally takes the pressure and stress off of us. I actually make better choices when I think this way. And end up binging when I deprive myself of certain foods because I'm "dieting."
syako syako 10 years
It's funny because I posted about this exact topic earlier today in my blog ( It's so true. Once you realize that healthy eating and exercise is a lifestyle and not just some fad, you really lose a lot of the stress and anxiety about dieting and losing weight. And you'll find yourself (and your family) much happier.
sevendayrain sevendayrain 10 years
This makes me feel alot better...I hate looking at the scale and seeing no difference even though I know its more about measurment than the weight.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 10 years
Even better than *thinking* about it as lifestyle change is actually MAKING it a lifestyle change. Then you don't have to think about it anymore! :-D
eaker eaker 10 years
Thanks for this post. I get frustrated when people complain that they've lost inches but the scale hasn't budged, or alternatively women that work out once, see no results and bemoan their body's inability to shed fat.
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