Fightin’ Words: Is dieting worth it?

Anika %28Jan 2014%29 0275Anika Bates

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Dieting is a word and idea that, in the past several years, has increasingly earned a bad connotation.

The standard image of a diet critic is visions of women fainting from lack of nutrition, men killing themselves on a so-called “juice diet” and all-around results that aren’t worth the trouble.

What most people don’t realize is that dieting doesn’t have a strict set of rules. It’s not an evil crash course that they have to be afraid of.

Dieting is a way for people to get their bodies into a healthy state. For me, that simply means finding what works for my body.

My body doesn’t react well to not eating a lot; I lose energy and my mood begins to suffer. What does work for me is eating more proteins, fruits and vegetables.

I cut out carbs and artificial sugars and that seems to help me with my health goals.

“Healthy eating means consuming the right quantities of foods from all food groups in order to lead a healthy life,” Medical News Today said.

Notice that not one word was mentioned about getting thin or becoming buff.

That’s because that isn’t what dieting is about.

It’s not about squeezing into a size zero or having muscles the size of a watermelon. It’s about developing a healthy lifestyle and prolonging life because of that lifestyle.

Another aspect of dieting that many people don’t take into consideration is exercise.

Dieting is usually spoken in relation to food and eating right, but if that food is consumed and not being burned off, then it’s a moot point.

Getting to the gym, taking a run around the neighborhood or a walk around the park are great ways to get in a quick workout. Exercise doesn’t have to be a complicated and carefully planned-out process; simply exerting energy in some form of physical labor is needed.

While rules for dieting are not preset, a positive mindset is the one thing that’s absolutely necessary.

If people go into dieting with a negative attitude and the expectation that they’re going to fail, then they will. That’s almost guaranteed.

A positive mood and a willingness to start make all the difference. Without them, the diet becomes more of a chore and less of a lifestyle choice. It shifts the focus to the fear of making mistakes, as opposed to being on the individual person themselves.

I support diets if they’re executed in a healthy and safe way.

The mentality has to be focused on the individual lifestyle choice, not the diet itself and sticking to a set of rules. Only then can the diet proceed and produce worthwhile results.

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