What’s With This Term ‘Diet’...Make It A Lifestyle!

This term ‘Diet’ keeps coming up…why? Well, it’s a bit of a loose term that people seem to use to describe a momentary nutritional fix, despite meaning quite the opposite. The term ‘Diet’ is defined as ‘the kinds of food that a person or community habitually eats on a daily basis’. Interesting then that the term ‘Habitually’ refers to habit…if diet is a habit, then why for some does it seem to change from week to week, or in some cases day to day!?

Another definition then…Habit… ‘A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition’. Strange then how one minute you’ll here of some TV star living on nothing more than lemon juice and syrup, a week later they’ll be raving about this no carb, high fat diet.

Granted they may do these diets for a few months and form a loose habit, but once the novelty wears off, or a new fad diet comes to the fore…it’ll be finished again.

So what is it with these erratic diets!? What’s wrong with adopting health and fitness as a LIFESTYLE? Why does it have to be a yoyo trend going from a conditioned figure or physique, to one that is unconditioned? Make yourself some SMART goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely, have a vision in mind and apply yourself to achieving it!

See Nutrition as a lifestyle change, it should be nutritionally complete i.e. delivering all the essential macro and micro nutrients you need, but it doesn’t have to conform to regular starches, protein, fat and veg at set times as many may believe. But it’s a safe bet for the sake of nutritional completeness, so these should be included if possible.

Many people are intermittent fasters, some are paleolithic, and as far as I’m concerned this is a lifestyle, so it holds true to the term ‘diet’, i.e. it consists of a food that a person habitually eats on a daily basis’…not just because J-Lo or Beyonce are doing it!

Try to steer clear of these 'momentary fixes', they are quite often over restrictive, not nutritionally complete and may cause malnourishment and 'yoyo like' weight fluctuations.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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