Home / Opinion / “Diet” is a Four Letter Word
Kristen Pearce is a Certified Insanity, PiYo & Cize Instructor and offers fitness classes on Abaco.

“Diet” is a Four Letter Word

Let me start by asking a few questions…

How many times have you gone on a diet only to gain all the weight back? How many different diets have you tried? How many different fad diets have you heard about in your lifetime?

You’re probably like me. You’ve tried every fad diet that came out. You may have lost a few pounds, but you gained it all back. Then you heard about another fad diet that you tried. And the cycle continued.

This is called “yo-yo dieting.” And it never works for long-lasting results.

The truth of the matter is: “diet” is a 4-letter word.

I know what you’re thinking: “Of course it is. It has 4 letters.” And while, yes that is true, I am meaning one of those nasty 4-letter words: one of those dirty words we shouldn’t use.

The first problem with diets is that we go into them with an ending in sight. Then once we have reached the end of the diet (or our goal), we go right into our old habits, which cause us to gain weight all over again.

Why do you think we hear so much about different fad diets, only for the popularity to fade away? It’s because fad diets, or diets in general, do not work long term.

We cannot have long-lasting results unless we first change our mind-set, our lifestyle, and our eating habits.

You have to change the way you think about food. You have to learn which foods are good for you and which are not. You have to learn to eat to nourish and fuel your body. You have to train yourself to prepare healthy meals that taste good.

Another problem with fad diets is that they usually tend to cut out important parts of our nutrition that our body needs. Low carbs. Low fats. You’ve heard of them.

The problem is when we drastically cut out important food groups we are no longer getting a balanced diet. We are depriving our body of something it needs for nourishment. Our bodies need carbs. Our bodies need fats. Our bodies need portions from every single food group.

What we have to learn is how to balance it out and choose healthy foods from each food group.

Healthy, balanced diets, with the proper proportions are what lead to long-lasting results. And each person’s needs are different. It takes a lot of learning and rewiring our brains to get it right.

There is a lot of research you could do on this subject, and you can always contact me for more information. But start out with adding in at least 3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruits to your daily meals. Also make sure you get in healthy proteins, carbs, and fats.

But before you do anything else, I want you to erase that word “diet” from your vocabulary (at least in this sense). Instead of dieting, make the decision to change your lifestyle and eating habits. That is what leads to long-lasting results.

About Kristen Pearce

I am passionate about health and fitness. I am a certified Insanity, PiYo and Cize Instructor, and I offer classes throughout the week in Abaco. I host Nutrition Challenges a few times a year that are open to all.

Check Also

Light Up Christmas

By: TX O’Kelley He was determined to string lights on the palm trees in front …

Leave a Reply