Dieting is becoming very popular lately. A study shows that 1 in 4 adults are active in practicing dieting and weight loss. So what is this dieting?
Dieting basically means managing consumption of food and drink with the intent to lose, gain or maintain weight. On the internet, there are various methods and techniques about dieting. Some even suggest various diets to follow for the best results. Though some may work great but the majority of these do not works as the nutritional need is different for each and every person depending on age, sex, physical activity, etc.
So why do people diet?
There are a lot of reasons that you can hear from people who have been dieting for a long time or have just started. They all have some definitive methods that they follow.
For most people who have been dieting is to reduce weight and get slim to look better. It can give that person a confidence boost. While others may follow it to satisfy themselves and to follow a healthy routine.
However, dieting is difficult and it poses a serious challenge because it demands changing of certain lifestyle and food habits.
Facts about dieting:
Some people have a misconception about dieting. Some believe that dieting can be unhealthy for the body and the wellbeing. But in plain simple truth, dieting can be beneficial as long as the normal daily body’s requirements are met. For example, eating fewer calories than the normal daily body requirement poses threat to your health.
After you start dieting, you may not notice any striking changes in your body. These changes takes time and as day will pass, theses changes will become more visible. When dieting, our should include carbs, proteins and fat in your diet. Some may totally exclude fat from their body. Our body needs a certain amount of fat that when metabolizes gives us energy.
There are a lot of dieting programs which can be broadly categorized into the follow 3 types:
- Low fat diet: A low-fat diet is one that restricts fat, and often saturated fat and cholesterol as well. Low-fat diets are intended to reduce the occurrence of conditions such as heart disease and obesity. Since our body requires some fat, total fat cannot be eliminated from the diet. There are saturated fat which are mainly found in meat, dairy products, and trans fat which are not all good for the body. Limiting the intake of these fats is helpful in reducing weight and also lowering the level of cholesterol in the blood.
On the other hand, there are also “good fats” that our body needs. These fats mainly come from vegetables, nuts and fruits. They are called the unsaturated fats which are divided into three groups: polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and omega three fatty acids. These fats are less likely to increase cholesterol level and might even help prevent heart diseases. Understanding the kinds of fat you want to regulate is important since your objective is to be a healthier person.
- Low carbohydrate diet: Low-carbohydrate diets restrict carbohydrate consumption relative to the average diet. Foods high in carbohydrates are limited, and replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of fat and protein, as well as low carbohydrate foods. This diet is known to reduce the cholesterol in the blood.
- Low calories diet: A very-low-calorie diet, also known as semistarvation diet and crash diet, is a type of diet with very or extremely low daily food energy consumption. Often described as a fad diet, it is defined as a diet of 800 kilocalories per day or less. Calories are not bad for the body as it provides energy to the body. Eating excess of it may cause weight gain.