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Diets Don't Work, Lifestyle Changes Do

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Diets Don’t Work, Lifestyle Changes Do
You have heard this time and time again, you may have even repeated it to yourself or your friend: “I am on a diet and I am not losing any weight”; “I have tried the Atkins diet for a month and it was great, but I gained it all back”; “I am so tired of being on a diet”; and the all time favorite “I just can’t lose any weight on a diet”. If a diet is the mindset of an individual trying to lose weight, they are setting themselves up for failure. Diets just don’t work, but change your lifestyle and the pounds will come off once and for all. Merriam-Webster defines the word diet as “a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight ”, and the word lifestyle as “the typical way of life of an individual, group, or culture (Merriam-Webster). An individual cannot sustain themselves on something that has them eating and drinking sparingly, but an individual can embrace a healthy lifestyle which can easily become a way of life. According to Betty Kovacs, MS, RD, “Americans spend an estimated $42 billion annual on weight loss foods, products, and services” (Kovacs). Scarier than these numbers, I found that “According to a 2006 study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, most people who participate in weight-loss programs regain about one-third of the weight lost during the next year and are typically back to baseline in three to five years” (Reisner, The Diet Industry: A Big Fat Lie). Given the amount of dollars spent and the failure rate of the sustained weight loss, it is not surprising that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that “In 2009, 9 states had obesity rates of 30% or more compared with no states in 2000” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). So what’s the problem? So much money is being spent, but so little weight is being lost. Could it be that we are dieting? We are a nation of instant gratification; we want quick results with minimal...