In our society, the term “diet” or “dieting” refers to a set of guidelines to be followed in your day-to-day eating habits. People generally diet to lose weight and to be “healthy.” Many consider dieting, along with a little bit of exercise, the obvious way to accomplish weight-loss and health goals.
Over the years, there has been an incalculable number of fad diets that end up gaining widespread popularity. However, these diets ultimately become short-term patches; most people have difficulty consistently adhering to the rules of a particular diet and gain the weight back faster than they lost it. Consequently, we can consider a “diet” as a failing proposition. (One exception does exist: the Paleo diet is more of a change in eating habits and might be the closest we have to a solution.)
In order to attain a long-term change, we need to entertain the idea of an overall shift in eating habits, inherently making our eating regimen better and more consistent. A constantly changing diet is hard on the body: the ups and downs negatively affect your digestive and hormonal systems, eventually hindering your mental state.
Steady habits that include healthier, non-processed foods, over time, will be better for your body. In 1965, roughly 92% of the American population ate most meals at home. That percentage has dropped significantly. It now hovers closer to 65%, meaning a lot of people are eating out, often dining at fast food restaurants, or eating a high percentage of processed foods. Regulating portion size and focusing on eating more fruits and vegetables, paired with cutting out certain meats and processed foods are easy ways start living a healthier lifestyle.