If one more person asks me what kind of diet I’m on there’s a good chance I’ll snap! Ok, I won’t snap….my calm demeanor will stay un-phased. However, it’s this type of question, coupled with D-I-E-T’s overuse and the negative connotation it carries that has brought me to the conclusion that this word is BETTER OFF DEAD! Here’s why…
Next time you’re in Barnes and Nobles, head on over to the health and nutrition section and take note of the books you see. You’ll be quick to observe that everyone and their mother has written a diet book. “The Atkins Diet” “The Mediterranean Diet” “The South Beach Diet” “The Paleo Diet” and the list goes on and on! While I have nothing against the people that write any of the various diet books lining the shelves, I do have a problem with the trend that has resulted. Nutrition should not be trendy!! The word diet, through no fault of its own, has become associated with trendy book writing. Strike one!
NOTE: In the future if I join everyone and their mother and publish a diet book, I will quickly remove this post and deny ever writing it! lol
Over the years the word diet has also built a strong association with weight loss. The phrase “I’m going on a diet” implies a short term reduction in food intake for the purpose of losing weight. Most folks that “diet” want quick results and think this is the answer. The truth is, all those extra pounds weren’t gained overnight so it’s unrealistic to expect a few weeks of starvation to be the solution. In addition, any positive results will be short lived because barely eating isn’t something that can be kept up for very long. Stop resorting to crash diets and start adopting healthy eating principles that can be continued for a lifetime!
The last straw for me and “diet” is it’s connection to the soda industry. Do you think Pepsi, Coke, and other soft drink giants had our health in mind when they decided to plaster “diet” on their soda cans? No! They did, however, want the presence of the word to convey a healthier drink so they could make more money. Sure, less sugar and less calories but more harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame. This is a great example of how the word “diet” can be used to trick the public into thinking something is healthier. Photo Credit: Roadsidepictures
Words affect your thinking and your thinking affects your actions. Scratch “diet” from your vocab NOW and replace it with words that will elicit positive, healthy, long term actions.