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“Diet” does not always have to mean starving yourself to lose weight – but that is what we commonly associate it with today. Like many words in the English language, words may become less popular in everyday language and others might become more relevant. Their generally accepted definition can also change with time.
When we hear the word “diet” we may have a negative connotation associated with the word, but this should not be the case!
The very first definition of “diet” on the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary is simply, the food and drink that you eat and drink regularly. We should acknowledge that when someone changes their diet, they are not always changing it because there is something wrong with them! Improving your normal diet by making gradual, but permanent changes is a healthier way to lose weight than by starving yourself.
There are some low calorie and fad diets that have recently became popular, but these “diets” are often not scientifically backed and can have serious health implications due to an insufficient vitamin and nutritional intake. Other side effects could be lethargy, hormonal effects, and even dehydration.
Another issue with starving yourself is the intense feelings of hunger and deprivation, which can lead to “cheating” or cause you to binge on a large amount of unhealthy foods.
At BuffDuck, we value studies backed by honest science and evidence, so instead of starving yourself based on the advice of a dodgy blog, here are a few tips backed with trustworthy sources to help you decrease your caloric intake without starving yourself.
It is very easy to underestimate how much you really eat every day without actively looking out for it. This is because your eating habits have already been established over a long period of time and you do not notice it, leading to the possibility of consuming too many calories. So what is the best way to monitor your eating habits?
Before completely condemning fats to the third dimension, it is important to remember that not all fats are bad. Catherine Peyrot des Gachons of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia explains how the consumption of olive oil can allow for a reduced risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases and add protection against viruses.
Now before you start chugging a bottle of olive oil, note that fats contain more than twice the calories per gram than carbs (carbohydrates)! There are a lot of “wrong” kinds of fats that you must watch for because they can be more unhealthy and calorically dense.
Here are some tips to improve your practices with fat:
According to Medline.gov regular alcohol contain 12.75 calories per ounce! Also, I don’t know about you guys, but when I get a little tipsy I start eating whatever is in front of my face and end up consuming way more food than I would have without drinking alcohol.
Remember, alcohol is not a substitute for water!
In summary, it is important to keep track of your eating tendencies in order to find any potential areas to improve. It is also important to watch the amount and type of fats you consume, and finally, it is very important to lessen up on the alcohol and replace it with water. With these three tips, you should be able to apply them to any current weight loss goals you have right now. Any weight loss journey requires strong, specific, and achievable goals to be effective. If you would like some tips on reaching your fitness goals, check out our article 6 Tips to Achieve Your Fitness Goals.
Bella Baragouin is a writer for the BuffDuck Board and has been writing written pieces for over four years.