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The Danger of the Diet Mentality

Apr 2, 2014

In the last twenty years most of America has become obsessed with the word diet. If one were to look in the dictionary for the word diet the first hit would be


1. the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

Now, there are definitely other definitions, and these are the ones more commonly used. These are the definitions that focus on caloric restriction for the purpose of losing weight, and in the United States of America this has become quite the issue of late. People hear the word diet and they think, “I need to eat less and work out more,” for the sake of losing weight. Many people even experience initial success when starting to “diet,” they lose anywhere between 5-10 pounds each week for the first 1-3 weeks. Then things begin to slow down, if not start to go in the opposite direction, so in order to blunt the effects of what they think is still eating too much they eat less and work out longer typically in the form of long cardio sessions.

What I wrote above is often repeated by people trying to lose weight, it is also one of the worst things someone could do for the purposes of weight loss but most importantly for their health. I have included some links below that shed some more light on the concepts of dieting danger and what the big deal is. I also incorporated a link to a video that was geared more towards youth and teenagers, as some of you have kids it can definitely be useful. Not too long ago I was training a young woman (17 years old) who informed me she was doing a diet with her mom, I held my tongue about my professional and personal feelings about the matter and just informed her to be careful as she is still a growing young lady. Take a read through some of the links and as always, if you have any questions or would like some resources ask myself, Nolan, Mike or Ashley.

The Diet Mentality

The Diet Mentality Paradox

The Effect of Dieting on Children

P.S. Nolan has put a very good article out in the studio which explains the science behind losing body fat, next time you are in read through it. Even better, ask for a copy.

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