Going on a diet is never easy. Saying goodbye to chocolate cake and all the sinfully delicious, but very, very unhealthy food that we have grown using takes a lot of self-control and determination. You are not just cutting back on calories, you are making a lifestyle change.
So if you are reading this because you are thinking about dieting, or have already started dieting, then congratulations. You have 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. We have known this for many years, so why is it still so hard to stay in a diet? You will 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, you will 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. There is nothing wrong with that 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 does not mean you aren’t undernourished. If you are not getting a varied, balance diet filled with the right amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fiber, then your body is 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 should not make you feel deprived. Instead of thinking of it as giving up 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.