Should You Go On A Diet? The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of This 4 Letter Word

Should you go on a diet?

Today let’s look at a 4 letter word starting with D. Diet.

I tend to use the word ‘diet’ in a different way to most people.

I speak about a ‘healthy diet’ or a ‘healthy way of eating’.

But most people think about ‘going on a diet’. It usually describes a period of restricted eating.

We hear a lot these days about diets not working. That you lose the weight and then that goes back on and then some after you’ve finished the diet.

Let’s talk about the good points and bad points about the word ‘diet’.

The good points

1. A diet is all about rules

When we follow rules with our eating, we need to make less decisions, which conserves our precious willpower.

2. Often we’re eating less rubbish

Whether it’s less take away, soft drink, lollies or chips, often on a diet we just don’t eat them, which has to be a good thing.

3. There is often an initial weight loss which can be really motivating

4. Our serving size is often better

Over time our serving sizes have become much bigger – and it’s no coincidence that we have as well!

The bad points

1. A diet or restricted eating can be difficult to sustain long term

2. A diet tends not to be nutritionally balanced

Somewhere along the way we’ve lost sight of the fact that our food supplies our bodies with the nutrients they need to survive and flourish.

3. A diet is limited

It is usually for a set time frame and when you go off the diet, you often transition straight back to your old habits.

The trouble is that some of these crazy diets are SO tempting! Our common sense seems to desert us with the allure of the promises to ‘Lose 3 kg in a week’.

A better way of thinking is to ask yourself the question:

‘How can I make changes to my eating that are healthier and that I can sustain long term’?

Less deprivation and more of those lovely healthy changes that you can put in place for life.

If you’ve been on a diet, the time you really need that support is the time that you’re going off it. So that you don’t go back to your old unhealthy habits but transition instead to a healthier way of eating.

This is when having the support of a health coach can be invaluable. You’ve got someone in your corner to point you in the right direction, help you maintain your weight loss and create that kick ass health you dream of.

If you’re sick of yo-yo dieting and want to turn things around, you can book a coaching package here or simply email me at and we can touch base over Skype to see if we’re a good fit to work together.

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