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Should You Go on a Diet?

By Genevieve Cunningham

No one likes to go on a diet. It's restrictive and difficult and makes us feel deprived. Unfortunately, we all need to lose a little weight. And our diet is the most obvious way to do it. But what if an actual diet was unnecessary? Recent research suggests that diets don't really work. So what should you do? Stick to your diet or find another way to lose? If you're struggling with the weight loss process, take a look at whether you need a diet, and some tips for making it work.

What's the Point of a Diet?

The entire point of a diet is to restrict calories and lose weight. Each diet claims to accomplish this through different means. Some cut carbohydrates. Some cut a little of everything. Some focus on raw foods. This gives people a choice. It gives them the freedom to choose a diet that works specifically for them and their lifestyle. Of course, many of these diets contradict each other, which makes it even harder to know whether you're doing the right thing.

Do They Work?

Do diets work? Most of the time, yes. If you stick to it, you'll lose weight. Whether or not it's a healthy way to lose weight depends heavily on the kind of diet you're using and the duration. But it's probably true that many who really follow the diet lose some weight. But since most diets are temporary, the weight loss will be temporary too. When you stop the diet, the weight often comes back. So do diets work? In the short-term, yes. In the long-term, the answer is often no.

Let's Focus on Lifestyle

Instead of focusing on diet, it's a better idea to focus on your lifestyle. Diet will certainly be a part of that, but it won't be a temporary fix. Change what you eat permanently. Stop eating junk for good. The more permanent the changes, the longer your results will last! Along with improving your diet, it's also a good idea get good sleep, exercise regularly, lower stress, and be active. The key isn't diet, its lifestyle. Make a healthy diet a part of your lifestyle, and you'll be living a healthy life and enjoying a healthy body for years to come.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aiken, S.C.

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