Opinion: Dieting isn’t as useless as you think

Opinion: Dieting isn’t as useless as you think

Dieting can positively affect your body and health, as long as it is gone about with diligence and purpose.

People aren’t strangers to dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, around 45 million people go on some sort of diet annually, and those people do lose some weight. However, most of them tend to fail, and the weight is regained in weeks.

An article by Health Research Funding states that people will return to their old eating habits as soon as they have reached their weight goal, which is why many people claim that dieting doesn’t work. Instead of staying with one diet for a long time, most people switch to a new diet every three to four months.

It seems that people – women in particular – are very self-conscious of their bodies. While some people diet for a healthier lifestyle, others diet to feel comfortable with their body.

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that 66 percent of adults in America are overweight or obese. Knowing this, they turn to dieting and exercise to resolve the issue and are rewarded with fitter and slimmer bodies, as well as a lower risk of heart disease.

Most people fail to realize that the type of diet factors into the goal. A study from The JAMA Network shows that a low-glycemic diet — consuming foods such as sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and skim milk — is the best way to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.

The data from ChooseMyPlate states that foods like meat, eggs, seeds and nuts are rich in protein. With a large number of diets to choose from, it’s a matter of persistence to achieve the desired outcome.

It’s important to know that each diet will have different results for each human body. The trick is not to fall for those glorified crash diets that promise huge weight loss in a minimal amount of time. Those diets can lead to undernourishment and eating disorders. Going on a diet doesn’t mean skipping meals.

With obesity rates as high as ever, there’s no shame in wanting to diet in order to lose weight. For a successful diet, one needs to choose the right foods to lose weight and continue to choose those foods to maintain that weight. While there is a lot to sacrifice for the goal, people are ecstatic when they see the progress they’ve made.

People tend to make healthier choices if they’re happier. With the right amount of discipline and the correct mindset, dieting does work, and the results will urge people to choose a healthier lifestyle.

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