Is dieting truly effective?

Most dieting plans actually harm your body rather than helping it

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Healthy eating leads to far more success in losing weight and leading a happy life, unlike dieting.

Cristina Himelhoch, Staff Writer

I do not believe in dieting. I have grown up with two differing viewpoints on this topic. On one end of the spectrum, there is my mother who leads a healthy lifestyle through exercising and generally eating healthily. On the other end of the spectrum, there is my grandmother who has tried almost every single diet plan without much success. Diets superficially seem to be wonderful with advertisements that claim you can lose ten pounds in a week. But, they aren’t always 100 percent truthful.

I have never really seen the point of a diet. I understand that while someone is on a diet they do lose weight, but what happens once they stop dieting? They gain all the weight back that they had just tried so hard to lose. It seems like a lost cause to go through all of the trouble to follow a diet, only to gain all the weight back in the end. In fact, according to www.nourshingconnections.com, only 2-5% of dieting is actually successful.  Also, the diet plans nowadays are actually extremely unhealthy.  People who regularly attempt to diet are gaining and losing weight frequently which is very unhealthy and can lead to health problems such as diabetes and an increased risk of heart disease according to experts. There are dieting plans where you aren’t allowed to consume carbohydrates or fats, when those are things that the human body needs to function properly. I think that a lot of people have skewed views of certain foods. Fats are good to a certain point, depending on the foods that you are gaining the fat from. There are actually plenty of healthy fats that your body needs that come from foods such as nuts. And pasta isn’t actually as terrible for you as people seem to think, unless you are eating it every single day.  There are also dieting plans surrounded by the idea of taking pills to make you less hungry. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Let’s just stop the human’s natural instinct to eat. Everyone needs food to survive, and not eating is extremely unhealthy.

I believe that the best way to lose weight is to try to lead a healthy lifestyle for longer lasting results. It is important to have everything in moderation. In order to lose weight without dieting it is important to eat healthy foods such as salads, grilled chicken, fresh fruits, yogurt, vegetables, etc. It is also important to always have cheat meals where you can eat dessert, but in moderation. Exercising is also an important aspect of losing weight and it cannot be skipped. Along with this, it is vital to drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated. By combining all of these aspects together, results will be seen through maintaining a healthy lifestyle.