Diets are advertised daily, in magazines and on television. They are hawked by athletes and celebrities alike. The Atkins diet was the fad for a while, replacing the earlier trend of diet pills and the Slim Fast milkshake.
Yet, doctors say fad dieting does not work. So what is going on here? If diets don’t work, why do people perpetually try them? Well, people want them to work. They often hope for a quick-fix or a miracle result. The truth is, though, the best way to lose weight is a nutritious portion-controlled diet and regular exercises.
The word ‘diet’, in itself, is not a bad one. A diet is what a person or species eats. A diet in the terms of a fad strategy or a short-term process is something negative. The body suffers if you drastically change the food habit even for a few weeks.
A person on a ‘bad’ diet might not get enough calories, fibre, or protein that the body requires. The immune system might weaken and there is even a high chance of malnutrition. Dieters who cut out carbohydrates might not understand the difference between good and bad ones and eliminate foods that the body needs.
Other negative effects of trend dieting are hair loss, headaches, fainting, depression, a lowered sex drive, and fatigue. Besides, according to the famous Mann study, people who temporarily diet and then return to earlier eating patterns usually gain back the weight they lost – or more so!
So what are good eating strategies?
Well, people need to listen to their doctors. A balanced diet, with protein, good carbohydrates, and plenty of fruits and vegetables is the best. Snacks and treats, like pop and chips, should be minimized. That doesn’t mean you can never have a slice of cake, just a small one, and not every day.
Drinking water is useful in so many ways. It helps with metabolism and prevents dehydration. Fad or short-term diets should be avoided, and long-term food patterns need to be changed. Workouts are a must. It is recommended that people exercise sixty minutes a day. This regular physical activity will help them maintain a healthy body weight.
Changing patterns and routines is not the easiest course of action. People eat food which is unhealthy because it is tasty and they used to eat it. Have you ever thought of going to a movie without popcorn? Restraint is not easy. But, luckily, movie, theatres, grocery stores, and restaurants offer healthier food options.
It’s just the behaviour of the consumer that needs to be altered. It’s best that people change their food habits slowly, making a few changes each day or week, instead of trying to change everything in one go.
And restricting food intake, by eating fewer meals a day is not advisable. That will put the body in a ‘survival mode’, causing it to hold onto every calorie it does get, and as a result lead anxiety and depression. Eating three meals a day, or even 5-6 smaller ones, is good for the body and for maintaining a healthy weight.
In conclusion, the best advice for anyone worried about the weight is to eat healthy food and do exercises regularly. There are very few quick-fix solutions in the world for dealing with money, work … or even losing weight. Manage your food intake by thinking about eating smaller amounts and adding more veggies.
The thesis of this essay is that the best way to lose weight is to eat a balanced diet of proper portions and to exercise regularly. ( “The truth is, though, the best way to lose weight is a nutritious portion-controlled diet and regular exercises”).
The statement in the opening paragraph is proved by the information found in the three body paragraphs which explain a) why fad/short-term diets are bad, b) explaining what people should do if they want to lose weight, and c) explaining why people have difficulties with changing food habits.
Through the discourse of the essay, the difference between diet patterns and ‘fad’ dieting are explained, as well as the disadvantages of the latter.