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Is Dieting a good way to Lose Weight?

When it comes to losing weight, one of the first things to pop into your head will probably be the word “diet”. There are waves upon waves of different fad diets out there, all proclaiming that they’re not like all those other diets, and all promising to help you easily shed the pounds. But is dieting itself a good way to lose weight?

The short answer is “yes”; but it’s not the only way, and just dieting on its own certainly isn’t the best way.

Why Dieting is a good way to lose weight

The science behind weight loss is fairly simple when you get down to it. To gain weight, you take in more calories than you use up; so to lose weight, you must have a calorie deficit, by taking in less calories than you use up. While there are plenty of factors that can affect this, such as stress, sleep and even your genetics, the most obvious factor that most people look to for weight loss, is the food you eat.

If you have a particularly poor diet; full of fatty, processed foods that are short on nutrition, then the basic framework of most diets can help to restrict the unhealthiest foods you eat, while promoting the increased consumption of healthier foods, like leafy greens, healthy fats, lean meats and more. This will, of course, help you to both cut down on your calorie intake by eating lower calorie foods, and also by making you fuller, and less likely to turn to unhealthy snacks to fill you up. However…

There’s more to losing weight than a good diet

If you’re overweight, or simply unhappy with your weight, it can be easy to view weight loss as merely a goal to achieve, which can perhaps lead you to look for the quickest or easiest diet plans to help you burn weight fast. However, the best way to lose weight is to have your weight loss be the natural by-product of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

For one, if you’re only looking to lose weight through a specific diet plan, the chances are that this will simply be a temporary change in your lifestyle, for the sole end of “weight loss”. If that new diet you’re trying out isn’t enjoyable or sustainable, you are far more likely to have a fluctuating weight, as you will be dipping in and out of the same diet plan (or even different ones) to lose weight- as it isn’t enjoyable enough to be a permanent change to your lifestyle. And while a healthy diet is important, it isn’t the only way to lose weight.

A healthy diet, used in combination with regular exercise, a healthy pattern of sleep and good control of your stress levels, is by far the best way to manage your weight. Since your weight is something affected by multiple factors, only targeting what you eat as a way to lose weight is a strategy that misses the big picture of a healthy lifestyle. For example, you might have discovered the perfect diet plan, that restricts all of your bad eating habits; but if it’s a diet that causes you unnecessary stress, that is followed with little to no exercise and poor sleep patterns, you might find your weight management to be poor overall. As previously mentioned, losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight should come as a natural by-product of an overall healthy lifestyle.

So to conclude, dieting is a great way to manage your weight, as the food and drink we consume is usually going to be the biggest factor in our weight. However, you can manage your weight even more effectively by remembering to consider some of the other factors that go into having a healthy, balanced lifestyle, such as stress, exercise, sleep and more.

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The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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