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Our FIRST post as VroScience: DIET vs Dieting!
Read to find out what's the difference and what approach we recommend to our clients! Diet vs dieting? Isn’t that just the same thing?.... “Diet: the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” “Dieting: Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.” - Oxford Dictionary
In other words, a diet supports and enhances your lifestyle, while the act of dieting itself controls your lifestyle. Let me explain.
Although you may initially start dieting with good intentions, it can very quickly lead to neurotic behaviors and unhealthy obsessions. Dieting promotes the idea that:
1) the only way to lose weight is by eliminating foods/food groups
2) there are good vs bad foods, and that you should at all costs avoid the bad
3) success can only be measured by a number on the scale or the size of your clothes 4) weight loss is either pass or fail
This inevitably leads to low energy and mood levels, frustration when the scale doesn’t budge, episodes of binge eating followed by episodes of increased food restriction, and endless cycles of losing weight only to put it all back on. When it comes to food, an all or nothing approach isn’t realistic and it isn’t effective!
Most weight problems aren’t the result of eating “bad foods.” Instead it is the result of CONSISTENTLY overeating calorie dense foods and maintaining unhealthy habits. FOOD ISN’T THE PROBLEM, IT IS OUR LIFESTYLE.
Don’t get me wrong, fat loss does indeed require diet changes, but it does not require DRASTIC changes all at once.Just as the calories can quickly add up, they can also be easily reduced with small changes. For example, if you’re drinking 1-2 16oz sodas daily, simply by replacing them with a diet soda, you are reducing your weekly caloric intake by 1295-2035 calories! Eating out 5 times per week? Cut back to 3 times per week and BAM! another 1200-2000 calories cut out per week. - 5 hours ago