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Why “Going on a Diet” is a Horrible Idea

diet mistakes, diet chaosThe Unhealthy Lifestyle

How much water do you drink a day? How much do you eat? When do you eat? How many snacks? Do you know how many calories your body naturally burns a day?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you’re not alone. Most people don’t.

Many people allow themselves to become overweight simply because they don’t take control of their lives and make healthy choices.

The worst part? Just when people hit the peak of their unhealthy habits and lack of control, they “go on a diet.”

Merriam-Webster’s definition of diet:

(a) food and drink regularly provided or consumed

(b) habitual nourishment

(c) the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason

(d) a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight [going on a diet]

“Going on a Diet”

What does “going on a diet” mean to most of America? For most people, a diet translates to following a strict set of behaviors until they’ve either made the changes to their bodies that they want to make or until they can’t stand it any longer. What a diet mistake!

If that’s true, then how can “going on a diet” and doing everything it implies, possibly work for those who can’t even maintain a routine of healthy living?

Diets fail because they’re not designed to be maintained for the rest of an individual’s life. The very phrase, “I’m going on a diet,” suggests a follow-up phrase like, “I’m going off” the diet.

Or maybe it’s more surprising that we only hear people jumping from one diet to another to another to another . . .

Dieting is chaotic. It’s not a lifestyle. It’s not a permanent change. It’s simply a burst of a few changes that last only as long as the dieter can stand them. It’s just one extreme to the other, which is why the extreme weight re-gain comes back just as quickly, if not faster.

Diets of this sort are as far from healthy living as it gets.

What is healthy living?

I recently read an article by a nutritionist who had attempted to help a young woman and her children improve their health. The family suffered from the effects of habitual low immune systems.

The nutritionist had explained that adding vegetables to their diet would drastically improve their problem, but the woman quickly dismissed the suggestion and stated that their family did not eat that way.

I find it disturbing that the woman responsible for her sickly family was not even willing to experiment with few vegetables in her family’s diet. Why does this woman think this way? Her poor nutritional outlook likely stemmed from uneducated and uninformed parents and grandparents.

Consider these statements: Do you live to eat? or Eat to live?

The choice to live your life by the second statement–eat to live–will empower you to consider how your diet (the food you intake) affects your health.

The Solution


Successful weight loss begins and ends by working on one behavior at a time to create  a sustainable change. If you’re overweight, then you’re likely sporting some unhealthy habits.

You need to begin by recognizing where you want to see yourself, and then living as if you were already there. That’s it.

Learn how to change your first behavior by reading Diet Chaos, my short, free eBook downloadable straight to your email. Learn why weight loss begins and ends in your mind. Read my book and learn how to teach yourself to lose weight by living a healthy lifestyle. Avoid diet mistakes. You’re right on track.

By David Meine

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