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The Difference Between Diet & Dieting

When I say the word “diet” I am referring to the typical foods a person eats regularly. The foods we eat most regularly constitute our diet. Dieting, on the other hand, is usually a short-term change in eating, frequently with the goal of losing weight. Dieting is often over-restrictive and not sustainable. More often than not, people get fed up with starving themselves and return to their usual diet, and regain the weight they lost and then some. And then they diet again, leading to yo-yo dieting. This takes a serious toll on the body and can slow down metabolism, making weight loss even more difficult.

A more effective approach would be to slowly change eating behaviors, focusing on healthier foods to incorporate foods more often rather than completely eliminating specific “bad” foods or entire food groups. This is where nutrition counseling and coaching comes in. An RD can give you the knowledge and guidance you need to achieve sustainable weight loss and wellness.

Remember, diet is & should be a noun, not a verb.

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Lindsay Keeney is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders and integrative / functional nutrition. 

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