Going on a diet is never easy. Saying goodbye to chocolate cake and all the sinfully delicious, but very, very unhealthy food that weâ€™ve grown used to takes a lot of self-control and determination. Youâ€™re not just cutting back on calories. Youâ€™re making a lifestyle change.
So if youâ€™re reading this because youâ€™re thinking about dieting, or have already started dieting, then congratulations. Youâ€™ve taken a huge step towards a healthier you, and though the road is long and the path is difficult, the journey is worth the sacrifice.
Dieting can give you many, many benefits. You look better, you feel better, and you will also live longer. Weâ€™ve known this for many yearsâ€”so why is it still so hard to stay in a diet? Youâ€™ll discover the emotional battles behind the battle of the bulge, tips on how to stay motivated and upbeat, and how to change your general attitude towards food.
With the vast number of diet programs available, how do you know which one is best for you? In the A-Z of dieting, youâ€™ll see a list of the most popular diets in the last few years. Note: popular, not necessarily, correct. Some of those programs have absolutely no scientific basis, and can be downright hazardous to your health. Find out how to spot a scam a mile away.
Losing weight is not the only reason to diet: many do it to manage a condition or its symptoms. Find a list of the diets that doctors and nutritionists recommend for the most common ailments, such as high cholesterol and hypertension.
Many people diet simply to lose weight. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with thatâ€”but aside from the satisfaction of fitting into a smaller pair of jeans, there are many benefits to eating healthier (or even smaller) portions. This includes the prevention of many serious diseases, increased energy, a stronger immune system, and an overall feeling of well being. Consider this:
- A diet will help you meet your nutritional needs. Just because you eat a lot doesnâ€™t mean you arenâ€™t undernourished. If you arenâ€™t getting a varied, balance dietâ€”filled with the right amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fiberâ€”then your bodyâ€™s still running on empty.
- A diet will prevent and treat certain chronic conditions. Healthy eating can prevent the risk of developing cancer and heart disease. It helps control diabetes and high blood pressure, and can even reduce symptoms and manage an illness or symptom. In fact, many homeopathic doctors will recommend dietary changes to manage everything from epilepsy to infertility.
- A diet will help you enjoy life. Diets shouldnâ€™t make you feel deprived. Instead of thinking of it as â€œgiving upâ€ the freedom to enjoy your favorite (but incredibly unhealthy) food, grab it as an opportunity to add years to your lifetime, experience each day with extra energy, and face the world with pride in the way you look.