Dieting – Just a Fad or a Long Term Fix
July 11, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Well, according to the ever-growing internet, dieting is the practice of eating food in a regulated and supervised fashion to decrease, maintain, or increase body weight. In other words, it is conscious control or restriction of the diet. There are so many types of diets and some work and some don’t.

Boy, does that sound depressing or what? Why can’t everyone just let go of the “perfect image” or what they think is beautiful or sexy? Everyone has some sort of attractive quality and what you look like shouldn’t define you. However, I’m here today to discuss the actual topic of dieting, whether it’s just a fad or a long-term fix.

Is It Just A Fad?

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I think this is a difficult question to answer in relation to dieting, because typically a fad diet is one that is short-lived or just a craze and I can see how some people think that dieting is just a fad. A fad diet describes a diet plan which involves making extreme, rapid changes to food consumption, but is also used as a disparaging term for common eating habits which are considered unhealthy. These types of diets are often considered to pose health risks.

A great example of this is the Atkins diet which is also known as the Atkins nutritional approach, it’s a low-carbohydrate diet promoted by Robert Atkins and inspired by a research paper he read in The Journal of the American Medical Association. There is only weak evidence supporting its effectiveness in helping achieve sustainable weight loss.

Once a new diet is introduced on the market (Paleo, Banting etc) everyone goes crazy for it and starts on said diet straight away, but within 2 months or so, the hype has died down and you realise you’re no better than you were and maybe even worse. The Paleo diet is an effort to eat like we used to eat back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. This means you can eat anything we could hunt or gather; meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but with this diet, the pasta, sweets and take-away foods will have to go.

So, is dieting really just a fad? I think in some ways it is and the people who come up with these new and interesting diets are making money off of people who really want to improve themselves. Usually, fad diets are short-lived and can actually have serious effects on your body, so make sure that the diet you are trying does really work and consult your physician if you’re unsure.

A Long Term Fix?

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This sounds a bit more believable compared to the fad dieting. I have always truly believed that if you want to lose weight or get into better shape, you have to be prepared to make your whole life change to suit your diet, it becomes a way of life (as depressing as that sounds).

I’m not saying you’ll never be able to have pizza from Dominos again (thank goodness!), I’m just saying that it won’t be that often. Something along the lines of cutting out juice, fizzy drinks and most carbs comes under the long-term fix heading. You become accustomed to not eating unhealthy foods and it becomes a part of you, so much so, that one day, you’ll indulge in a McDonalds and you’ll feel quite ill and that’s your body rejecting the unhealthy foods.

The banting diet (as mentioned above) is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet, named after William Banting, the first person to do it. It’s recently been made popular by Professor Tim Noakes in his book, “The Real Meal Revolution”. The idea is that this way of eating makes your body switch from burning carbs for energy to burning fat. Something like this diet, you have to adapt too and it just becomes your life and you begin to not even think about it.

A diet that you are committed to has to be a long-term fix you have to keep at it; eating right and training appropriately most days of the week and eventually, after so much sweat and hard work, you’ll get to where you want to be.

However, it’s important to note that dieting has to come from inside you and you have to be the one to make the change and be willing to commit to whatever in order to achieve your goals.

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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Dieting – Just a Fad or a Long Term Fix
July 11, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Well, according to the ever-growing internet, dieting is the practice of eating food in a regulated and supervised fashion to decrease, maintain, or increase body weight. In other words, it is conscious control or restriction of the diet. There are so many types of diets and some work and some don’t.

Boy, does that sound depressing or what? Why can’t everyone just let go of the “perfect image” or what they think is beautiful or sexy? Everyone has some sort of attractive quality and what you look like shouldn’t define you. However, I’m here today to discuss the actual topic of dieting, whether it’s just a fad or a long-term fix.

Is It Just A Fad?

picture1_7

I think this is a difficult question to answer in relation to dieting, because typically a fad diet is one that is short-lived or just a craze and I can see how some people think that dieting is just a fad. A fad diet describes a diet plan which involves making extreme, rapid changes to food consumption, but is also used as a disparaging term for common eating habits which are considered unhealthy. These types of diets are often considered to pose health risks.

A great example of this is the Atkins diet which is also known as the Atkins nutritional approach, it’s a low-carbohydrate diet promoted by Robert Atkins and inspired by a research paper he read in The Journal of the American Medical Association. There is only weak evidence supporting its effectiveness in helping achieve sustainable weight loss.

Once a new diet is introduced on the market (Paleo, Banting etc) everyone goes crazy for it and starts on said diet straight away, but within 2 months or so, the hype has died down and you realise you’re no better than you were and maybe even worse. The Paleo diet is an effort to eat like we used to eat back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. This means you can eat anything we could hunt or gather; meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but with this diet, the pasta, sweets and take-away foods will have to go.

So, is dieting really just a fad? I think in some ways it is and the people who come up with these new and interesting diets are making money off of people who really want to improve themselves. Usually, fad diets are short-lived and can actually have serious effects on your body, so make sure that the diet you are trying does really work and consult your physician if you’re unsure.

A Long Term Fix?

feetonscale-56aa039a3df78cf772ac093c

This sounds a bit more believable compared to the fad dieting. I have always truly believed that if you want to lose weight or get into better shape, you have to be prepared to make your whole life change to suit your diet, it becomes a way of life (as depressing as that sounds).

I’m not saying you’ll never be able to have pizza from Dominos again (thank goodness!), I’m just saying that it won’t be that often. Something along the lines of cutting out juice, fizzy drinks and most carbs comes under the long-term fix heading. You become accustomed to not eating unhealthy foods and it becomes a part of you, so much so, that one day, you’ll indulge in a McDonalds and you’ll feel quite ill and that’s your body rejecting the unhealthy foods.

The banting diet (as mentioned above) is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet, named after William Banting, the first person to do it. It’s recently been made popular by Professor Tim Noakes in his book, “The Real Meal Revolution”. The idea is that this way of eating makes your body switch from burning carbs for energy to burning fat. Something like this diet, you have to adapt too and it just becomes your life and you begin to not even think about it.

A diet that you are committed to has to be a long-term fix you have to keep at it; eating right and training appropriately most days of the week and eventually, after so much sweat and hard work, you’ll get to where you want to be.

However, it’s important to note that dieting has to come from inside you and you have to be the one to make the change and be willing to commit to whatever in order to achieve your goals.

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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