Dieting may be the least effective way to maintain a healthy, stable weight throughout your life. In fact, dieting may cause weight gain: over 80% of people who go on a diet regain the weight they’ve lost, plus more (1).
Let’s define the term diet. Dieting is anytime you’re restricting a major food group or following food rules or restrictions with the intention of losing weight.
If you’re pursuing weight loss for health, it’s still pursuing weight loss.
Dieting is different than using a dietary protocol to overcome health problems without the intention of losing weight. However, restricting foods for health purposes often induces the Diet Cycle.
Health consequences of dieting: