There are so many dietary plans, each focused on attaining certain goals. Some diets are undertaken for losing weight, while some are undertaken for gaining muscle weight, some for lowering cholesterol, the others for living a long and healthy life. The likes of Atkins diet, Ketogenic diet, Paleo Diet, G.M diet, Zone diet, Lacto-vegetarian diet, fruitarian vegetarian diet, vegan diet, Mediterranean diet, detox diets etc are some examples.

An individual’s diet is the sum of food and drinks that he/she habitually consumes over a designated time period. Pitched as a healthy habit, these diets are expected to bring out a tangible change(s) on the person on it.

But have you ever wondered about the long terms results of going on these diets?

Diets are short-term goal-oriented strategic changes made in your micro & macro-nutrients intake ratio over a stipulated time period. Dieting revolves around restricting certain foods and introducing certain new foods in your daily meals. Both traditional diet and modern diet culture advocates following structured meal plans, thereby keeping strict checks on nutrients intake. But is dieting a sustainable lifestyle choice? The answer is NO!

Dieting is not a sustainable lifestyle change. Dieting forces you to cut certain foods out from your daily diet, which tricks your brain into triggering hunger, despite consuming well-planned meals. Your body is used to a certain calorie intake, which gets disturbed on adopting a new diet form. This triggered hunger dramatically increases our cravings. Subsequently, our body’s metabolism rate slows down in order to conserve energy.

The truth about dieting is that diets focus on calorie intake, rather than focusing on quality of food intake. The latter matters more in the long run. Unless you are focused on a temporary goal, dieting is not going to be of any help. For most individuals, not only does weight loss slow down over time, but it can even reverse; people who lose weight often gain it back.

Rather, focus on implementing sustainable lifestyle changes that you can commit to in the long run to experience the best of health. Do not jump into specific diets for a specific time frame, rather improve the quality of your general food intake. Eat balanced meals, consisting of the right amount of proteins, good fats, carbohydrates, vitamins & minerals. Eat real food, stick to a consistent eating pattern, schedule your meals, indulge in cheat meals once in a while, and exercise regularly. An overall positive approach to your food intake that your body can easily get accustomed to is the key to experiencing long dietary benefits.

By Anirudh Kacker