Lifestyle Replacing Diet Plans?


You might be surprised to learn that less and less people (especially women) are dieting.  At first, this might sound like a bad thing.  After all, isn’t obesity a significant problem in the United States?  Shouldn’t more people be dieting?

Well there are a couple of issues to consider.  The first is that many women are starting to embrace and accept their bodies.  Not that they don’t want to make healthy changes.  But there is less concern about being stick-thin.

Others truly don’t see having too much weight as being unattractive. There are a couple of ways to look at this.

One is that Americans as a whole are getting used to the average person being overweight. Or it could be that some have finally given up on failed diet plans.

Here’s what I see as the bigger issue.  The word diet is becoming archaic.  The new word that I believe will totally replace it is “lifestyle.”

In other words, more Americans are trying to make lifestyle changes that will last.  Not diet plans that are a temporary fix or are impossible to stick to.

If you think about it, the word diet brings a negative connotation.  When I hear that word, I think of denial.  I am denying my body of things it craves and wants.  Let’s face it; the majority of people aren’t good at denying themselves anything!

But when you replace that word with lifestyle, it sounds so much more doable.  It brings a more positive feeling.

Lifestyle is a way of living.  It consists of choices you make everyday, such as cutting down portions or going with a healthier selection.  It can also mean taking 15 or 30 minutes each day to get in some form of exercise.

If getting rid of the term diet and embracing the word lifestyle brings you more motivation, go with it.  Sometimes you just have to change perspective.

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Stephanie Romero is a professional blogger for Families and full-time web content writer. She is the author and instructor of an online course, "Recovery from Abuse," which is currently being used in a prison as part of a character-based program. She has been married to her husband Dan for 21 years and is the mother of two teenage children who live at home and one who is serving in the Air Force.