I love Karin’s answer. A student of research. Right on! To me the concept of going on a diet implies something that I am only going to do for a while, before returning to a different nutritional lifestyle. To be effective, one has to estabish a nutritional lifestyle that will be consistent for one’s lifetime, not just for a little while.
I don’t think that there are “good” foods and “bad” foods. I think that there are really healthy foods and not-so-healthy foods. Just eat the healthy foods most of the time. If you eat some not-so-healthy foods once in a while, big deal. It’s the most predominate habit that counts the most.
A diet is a diet, really we are all on a “diet” some nutritious some not.
I think it depends on how we equate this term since it is in our vocabulary.
I don’t say “go on a diet” because it gives permission to “go off the diet”
I believe in lifestyle change, behavior and habitual changes rather than diet.
Lol…I have used that connotation for years. I refer the word “diet” to “a change of eating habits”. With a bundant of so called diets out there, one can get confused on which one works best. A change of eating habits that can be sustained their entire life wherever they reside works best for my clients.
Although getting in your daily dose of physical activity is great, what you choose to eat during the day is just as important (sometimes more). Just as one should see exercise as a part of their lifestyle, they should also view healthy eating as a valuable component of the way they live. Additionally, it is crucial to understand the difference between healthy eating and fad diets.
Fad diets will come and go about as quickly as it takes McDonalds to serve up a Big Mac. Healthy eating, however, is more of an overarching concept one needs to keep in mind when selecting the food they will eventually consume. The biggest problem with the idea of a diet is that it’s usually just a temporary solution, not something you plan to abide by for the rest of your life. Healthy eating, on the other hand, is something that can be incorporated into your lifestyle to assist with ensuring greater nutritional success in the long run.
I have had clients say the same thing, I stay away from the words diet and workout. Both of them ellicit a knee jerk reaction in most people, instead I use an all encompasing term “lifestyle change”. I try and stay away from anything that can be linked to a temporary fix instead of a gradual permanent change.