Stop Dieting, Start Living – Tips from a Dietician

It is a common known fact that human body needs a balanced diet to maintain proper health. Diet should ensure that body gets the adequate dosage of micro / macro nutrients as per its requirements. Any imbalance in the same leads to nutritional deficiency and may cause various health related complications which could be as common as anemia caused by iron deficiency to as severe as night blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency.

Dieting is a practice of consuming proper balanced diet in a regulated fashion which should be done under the guidance of a nutrition professional or practicing dietician. But the term dieting has always been misconceived as ‘a set of restrictions for quick weight loss’

There are various styles of diets that can be followed  to achieve ones goals. Some of the famous types of diet are as follows:

  • Belief-based diets-e.g.: Buddhist diet, Kosher diet
  • Preference based diets-e.g.: Vegetarian diet, Vegan diet
  • Weight gain/loss diets-e.g.: Low calorie diet, Low fat diet
  • Crash diets/ Fad diets-e.g.: Cabbage soup diet, Blood type diet
  • Detox diets-e.g: Juice fasting diet, Salad diet
  • Therapeutic diets-e.g.: DASH diet, Diabetic diet

Above mentioned diets are to be followed under proper guidance and supervision of a dietician.  Careful planning is a must as these diets have different purposes and continuing on one type of diet for a long duration might lead to nutrient deficiency in the body. But there are certain blunders which are being made under the name of dieting  that lead to many detrimental effects.

Along with the issues associated with Dieting one must also remember that is the individual who has to ensure that he follows what has been prescribed to him / her by the dietician. A dietician can only suggest.  Following are some of the known causes for failure of dieting.

  • Willpower – Failure to stick on to the restrictions required or too much of restrictions followed
  • Attitude – Dieting requires proper attitude, because improper adherence and deviation from a diet plan would turn it into a failure and also deter person to diet again in near future.
  • Variety in Food / Monotonous Food – Inability to get accustomed to the type of food which is to be consumed
  • Psychological stress – To cope up with the stress associated with weight loss and changes in the body requires continuous counseling from a dietician
  • Inability to schedule time for meal planning, shopping and preparation
  • Wrong attitude of the one who is dieting like ‘this to lose x number of Kilos’


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