What does the word “diet” mean to you? The word actually comes from the Greek word “diaita,” which means “way of life.” For many people, however, it means following a specific food plan to lose weight. Once the weight is off, many people go back to their old eating habits. As a result, the weight often comes back, and they become discouraged.
To live healthy, a diet should be a lifestyle, not a short-term cycle. This doesn’t mean completely banning pizza, chocolate or your favorite food. Instead, it should be about eating a variety of nutrient-packed foods. Balancing those not-so-healthy choices with healthy choices will help you come up with a way of eating you can stick with for the rest of your life.
Make a commitment to do something great for yourself!
Tips for spotting dieting myths:
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- There are no secret ingredients to weight loss or maintenance. Doctors and nutritionists have known for a long time that eating right and exercising are what matters.
For more information regarding healthy eating, you can learn about the Nutritional Counseling Program we offer at Riverview Health.