* This is part of a year-long series called “52 Weeks to Eating better than Ever”. Click on the side bar for more information and to read the previous essays.
All diets work. It could be the “Sugar-Busters”, the “Atkins” or “The Zone.” Some more recent ones I read about and heard about were “The Keto Diet” and “The Wheat Belly Diet.” Diets come and go and usually come back around every few years. Why wouldn’t they, consider they make millions for some entrepreneurial writer. Do they work?
In a short answer, yes, they do. All diets work. Which ones? All of them!
All diets work, and for that reason, I am not necessarily opposed to using them or recommending them. The major benefit of using one of these fad diets is that they give you some structure and extra motivation. Structure is critically important for most people, because most people lack discipline. All diets can help you eat less, and thus lose weight and body fat, and so they do work in this sense. Weight Watchers works for the same reasons- structure and motivation, with the added benefit using points and of allowing you to eat anything you like if you stick to your points. It’s not really a diet but it’s my favorite.
Just keep this in mind when you go on a diet. If you don’t change your eating habits in the long-term, things will never change for you. So, go ahead and do a diet. Jump on the bandwagon if you want to because the bandwagon often works, in the short term. Just remember that lifelong success requires lifelong change. Many diets don’t end up working in the long-term, not because the diet was that bad, but because the dieter went back to their old ways of poor nutritional quality and consistent overeating.
Diet or no diet- eat less, eat better, and enjoy eating.
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