Diet: a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons – Oxford American Dictionaries
Losing weight is why most people diet. Whether you are being influenced by marketing ads online or from the TV or not happy with how you look in the mirror, one typically turns to a “diet” to lose weight. The very ads that encourage you to drop your funds on their magical weight loss “diet” even seems to indicate that other “diets” don’t work.
What is the reality here? Why do people go on a “diet” and put the weight back on? It is because diets are magical temporary solutions that are misrepresented and fail to change people’s habits… which is the key to permanent weight loss.
I will also argue that diets are a tool to acheive a short-term goal such as fitting into a slightly smaller sized pants or evening gown. The intention is not to change habits, just get a quick weight fix to look good for one evening. Diets are used to obtain temporary goals until your next temporary goal comes up on the horizon.
Because diets are a means to achieve short-term goals and don’t change habits, they should be banned. Why so drastic? America is facing an obesity epidemic, more so than AIDS, h1n1, chicken pox or any other disease. We must change HABITS, not blind short-term goals.
Take my story. Two years ago I was 260 pounds and couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without breathing heavy and getting my heart rate up way too high. I then started working out, but discovered that true success was a full LIFESTYLE change of becoming more active and eating right. Sure I started with a “diet” but realized that true success was not something temporary. I had to give up the processed foods, including sugar and flour.
You know, the change is amazing. I can do so much more, feel fabulous, and don’t miss the fast food, sweets, or emotional eating at all! The health food I now eat is awesome. You all would be amazed at how sweet plain yogurt tastes naturally, how wonderful natural grains taste, and how many different kinds of salads one can come up with.
For this reason, diets are out in 2010. Let’s get serious America… let’s impress the world with our ability to change our lifestyles, eat right (without dieting) and be active. Before you know it, we can all enjoy the world so much more and we won’t have to listen to those diet ads.