‘Diet’ – A Dirty Word

I really dislike the word ‘diet’. Instantly, it has negative connotations – what is the first thing that pops into your mind when someone says diet? Hunger, eating vegetables, being miserable in order to ‘look good’. A diet also suggests something temporary. They go against common sense; they encourage you to be unkind and damaging to your body in order to achieve a short term goal.

Yes, some diets are effective in helping people lose weight. But at what cost? Rarely is the weight loss sustainable; as human beings can’t live properly in a malnourished state for very long. Yo-yo dieting is on the increase because of this, a vicious cycle of losing the weight, putting it on, losing it again. This can lead to various long-term illnesses, digestive problems and hormonal imbalances. The emphasis is all wrong – and there is no focus in any media on being fit, strong and healthy.

After joining the gym I have gained 10lbs. My measurements are exactly the same, if not a little smaller. But I feel physically better than I ever have done before – mentally too. Laying store by a number on a scale does nobody any good. How many diets focus on how you feel? Not many? How many instead focus on what you have to lose? Lose 3lbs, 5lbs, 10lbs in 2 weeks. The unfortunate truth is, you may lose a lot more than pounds.

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Rose xx

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