How is Dietary Lifestyle change different from Dieting?

How is Dietary Lifestyle change different from Dieting?

By Devina Bangotra  on: 18 June 2018
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Hey Readers! How are you doing? Feeling Healthier and Happier? No? Now you will today we are going to talk about a unique topic “How is Dietary Lifestyle different from dieting?”  Now let us first talk about what is Dieting? Dieting includes changing your eating habits to get a particular outcome-either weight loss or weight gain.  On the other hand Dietary Lifestyle change includes changes of adopting healthy habits that promote your goal.

Dieting focuses on food intake while Dietary Lifestyle change includes factors like what we eat and how some factors affects our Health? For example which type of exercise is going to benefit you the most? Dieting is a temporary solution while Dietary Lifestyle change is a permanent solution to have a healthy and happy life.

One thing I mentioned was healthy habits, but you may say all my habits are healthy. How will you know that your habits are healthy or not unless or until you know what are unhealthy habits? So now let’s see the habits that should be completely avoided by you.

Unhealthy Habits that should be completely avoided  

    Eating lots of snacks because of taste not for hunger

This is something that happens with all of the youngsters but do you know its adverse effects? It leads to overeating and gaining extra weight that leads to diabetes, heart diseases and other serious health issues. You are just loading your body with unhealthy elements. Pay attention to your hunger signals and feed yourself with healthy snacks, you can increase your nutrition, reduce carvings , lose weight est. Your weight will become a healthy body weight. For that you have to replace unhealthy trans fat like sugar, refined carbohydrates, extra sodium.

How to reverse this habit if you have it?

  • Eat only when your body carves for food.
  • Stop eating when your stomach feels full.
  • Don’t eat because of anger, sadness or anxiety.
  • Ban unhealthy snacks from your home.
  • Stock your kitchen with healthy food.
  • Plan healthy and tasty snacks to eat.

     Watching TV for too much time sitting on a couch

Now my readers are full of curiosity or anger that it’s so old. O please now you will say it will affect our eyes. I am not going to say it at all. Watching more TV is equivalent to less physical activities. Why you watch TV? To relax? But when you can relax as well as get healthy by walking in park for 1 hour so why you don’t do it? You basically have a lot of time for knowing what’s happening in a life of a character but have no time for your life? Just try it at least 2-3 days then it will become your habit. You may think it has no adverse effect but it does have. If you will keep on sitting, it leads to overweight and Type-2 Diabetes. If you turn some of your TV time to active time ,you can be more fit, reduce more calories. You will have a fit body and sound sleep, more energy, better mood, clear mind.

How to reverse this habit if you have it?

  • Set a time for TV and exercise like 1.5 hours for TV and 30 minutes for exercise.
  • Don’t keep browsing channels. Watch only if you have something specific to watch.
  • Don’t eat snacks in front of TV. You eat a lot more when in front of TV than normal eating .
  • Start exercising while watching TV. Do Push-Ups or keep a treadmill in TV room
  • Utilize your time in doing something else at time of advertisements.
  • Talk with your parents, friends more. It will make you feel calm and happy.

        Stressing too much about money debts

Seriously this is a health issue. Studies have shown that financial worries contribute to high blood pressure, headache, indigestion, excess drinking and smoking, gaining or losing lot of weight. Just keep in your mind that everything takes time but if in this time you get unhealthy, it takes more time. Remember “Health is Wealth”. Try some money saving habits so that you never have this problem.

How to reverse this habit if you have it?

  • Learn about managing money.
  • Stop using Credit Cards.
  • Maintain a budget plan.
  • Automate bill payments and savings by online banking.
  • Set your priorities for money spending.

        Getting sunburned a lot of times in summer

If you spend a lot of time outside, there are chances of getting sunburned. Sunburn leads to destroying elastic fibers that make skin look soft and smooth. So basically sunburn leads to early aging of skin. It can lead to serious problems like skin cancer.

How to reverse this habit if you have it?

Sorry to mention it as a habit as for some people It is a daily routine to go out in sun but it is for those who just go out for fun in summers and destroy their skin.

  • Schedule an annual skin checkup
  • Always apply sunscreen lotion.
  • Wear some stalls, hats to stay protected in sun.
  • If you see any change in your skin, contact doctor as soon as possible.
  • Drinking green tea can help against skin damage according to some latest research so please do try.

        Angry behavior

If you keep on scolding everyone, keep on getting angry at small things. It leads to higher blood sugar level ,slow digestion and make you feel sad and down every time.

How to reverse this habit if you have it?

  • Stop getting angry too easily.
  • Try some anger releasing activities like yoga.
  • Be optimistic.
  • Do some relaxing and enjoyable things.
  • Do something childish like going to amusement parks.

If you will follow all the steps to avoid any one of the habit if you have it then you have taken your steps towards Dietary Lifestyle Change.For more information consult a dietician.

How Dietary Lifestyle Change Helps?

It leads to maintain your weight. Following a dietary lifestyle change have helped 20 % of dieters maintain their weight. These changes include avoiding unhealthy habits mentioned above, eating breakfast regularly, exercising one hour daily on average, maintain consistent eating patterns, keeping a record of what you have eaten whole day.

So I hope you loved reading this blog for more stay tuned. Drop your comments to ask questions and get health tips. For free consultancy register now! Till then stay healthy and happy.


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