Diet vs. Nutrition
The word diet just seems to have this negative feeling. When you hear about dieting, you usually thinking in terms of restiction. You must cut out this. You must cut out that. You must get your calories down to a ridiculously low level. It’s a set of rules you must follow. Usually it’s an elimination of something, whether it’s the Atkins Diet, Zone Diet or Cabbage Soup Diet. Nobody likes a diet. People that are on diets are not even pleasant to be around. Do diets work? Yes, if they are followed. But usually diets are only going to work in the short term. If that’s you’re goal, great. If you’re looking to drop some weight for a wedding, week on the beach or your high school reunion, a diet may work. Any diet will work if followed. But how many people do you know that stay on a diet forever? I can not name one. There’s usually some type of rebound effect resulting in that weight being put back on.
It may just be me, but if I think of nutrition I’m thinking of something that is not so restrictive and something that is going to work long term. Good nutrition is more about changing habits. It’s about putting good dietary practices into place. It’s thinking more long term. You’re fueling your body with the nutrients it needs and eliminating those that it doesn’t need. Good nutrition will work in regards to weight loss. And I don’t know about you, but if I am looking to lose 5-10lbs and succeed in doing so, why would I want to put it back on?
Eliminating foods is a diet. Eating good foods is nutrition.