Most of the people are often confused to choose between dieting and lifestyle change. Are you also one of them? Let’s have a close look at dieting and lifestyle change that might help you in making your decision.

Dieting

Dieting is very popular among today’s generations. It has become a synonym for weight loss. The number of people going on dieting every year increases rapidly. Choosing a proper and balanced diet under the supervision of a dietitian is the first step to lose weight. Dieting aims to weight loss but for short term.

It is a practice of eating food in a regulated manner to increase or decrease body weight. It is, generally, recommended for people with a weight-related problem but not for the healthy one.

Dieting is goal-oriented and thus temporarily effective. It develops a psyche to resume previous routine and food habits once dieting is over. From diet promising to lose weight in a few days to bringing change in everyday life, there are some pros and cons available.

Pros

Weight loss – It depends on calorie intake and diets rich in low fat and low carbohydrates. Make your diet plan under the supervision of a dietitian because everyone can not have the same diet plan. A diet plan according to body type and bodyweight helps in reducing weight effectively without side effects.

Reduce Chronic diseases – Obesity is the root of many severe diseases like hypertension, heart diseases, kidney diseases, cancer risk, type 2 diabetes, bone/joint damages, and so on. Proper dieting reduces obesity and offers a healthy body.

Better Mood – A healthy diet improves overall mood, unlike an unhealthy diet. It reduces toxins from the body and refines moods.

Improves Sleep – Irregular sleep pattern is common among youths these days. Reasons may be manifold, but the solutions are quite simple. A change in diet plans like excluding alcohol and caffeine, including green leafy vegetables and fruits, and as suggested by a dietitian to get rid of body toxins, obesity that hampers the sleep cycle.

Cons

Lead to an Eating disorder – Dieting creates constant concern about body weight and shape results in restrictions on body requirements causing dissatisfaction and obsession leads to an eating disorder.

Change in metabolism – Dieting aims to lose weight, and thus it is temporary. There is a high chance of regaining weight within 1-5 years of dieting resulting in practicing Yo-Yo dieting (a repetitive cycle of weight loss and weight gain). This frequent change in weight loss and weight gain disturbs human metabolism and may weaken it.

Lead to Malnutrition – Bad diets are temporarily effective and not supervised by a dietitian. Sometimes being a quack may be fruitful, but mostly, it is dangerous. Unsupervised dieting leads to malnutrition and makes people deprived of their usual body requirements.

Affects mental and physical health – Weight fluctuations can be a host for many body ailments. It has a severe impact on the cardiovascular system. A dietic is prone to stress hormones and can be a victim of stress and other related issues.

Lifestyle Change

Lifestyle change is a trendy term these days. Everyone talks about lifestyle change but mostly backs off to follow it. Lifestyle change is the overall change in foods, habits, behaviour, need, mental stability, and so on. Lifestyle change is a continuous process throughout life and aims to gain a healthy body and mind.

It is a time taking process, and it needs commitment and patience to follow through. Lifestyle change is to live happy and healthy life for longer. It is about balancing one’s lifestyle from the daily routine to stress management.

Lifestyle change is sustainable and a key to long term weight management. No age restrictions are required to bring changes in lifestyles.

Impacts of Lifestyle change

Focus on healthy habits, not on results – Lifestyle change stresses on the choices made in day to day life like proper sleep cycle, eating habits, exercise, etc. to gain a healthy and wealthy body with a sound mind. Including multiple health and wellness programs in its bucket focuses on steady and healthy habits for longer phases.

Improves physical and mental health – Lifestyle change includes proper exercise, change in daily habits, yoga, and meditation, with nutritious food habits based on body type and shape to improve both physical and mental well-being. Changes in diet and daily routine bring overwhelming results in weight loss and a better mood. The possibilities of getting affected with many chronic diseases like heart problems, kidney diseases, depression, obesity, and so on become lower with a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy metabolism – Better lifestyle always initiates healthy metabolism. Lifestyle change improves food habits and provides proper nutrition to the body, thus fulfilling the body requirements. No deficiency of nutrition fights against malnutrition and leads to better metabolism.

Enhances productivity – Unhealthy lifestyle affects productivity and ends up with either joining in some wellness programs or getting affected with some diseases. A mere change in lifestyle like quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, taking proper sleep, and including more fiber and roughage rich foods in diets has a better impact on work-life productivity.

One line comparison

Dieting being temporarily effective on weight loss and obesity may not be as effective as the lifestyle change focuses on overall health and growth.

The Last Corner

An assumption “the more you suffer pain, the better fruit you get” I do not know to what extent is this correct, but to remain physically and mentally healthy, one should listen to their body. The human body itself demands its requirements, and failing to that results in body ailments and sometimes severe consequences. A non-alcoholic and non-smoker can also be cancer affected because he/she fails to understand his/her body requirements. Before starting dieting and adapting lifestyle changes, try to know your body requirements. For me, milk consumption is healthy, but for others, it may not. Everybody has a different body type, shape, and body requirements and thus different goals to achieve. Make a wise decision to choose between dieting and lifestyle change.

2 thoughts on “Dieting vs Lifestyle Change. What is Your Practice?

  1. Great post. I actually do both, where I just make sure I do the habits that will improve the quality of my life in the long run, such as exercise and journalling, but I also adhere to intermittent fasting (16:8) and have been doing so for almost two years now.

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    1. Thanks Stuart. I am happy to know that you practice dieting and lifestyle change simultaneously. I must say you are experiencing an amazing benefits on your overall health.
      Stay healthy and active.

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