Written By Lewis Robinson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
What you eat has a big impact on your overall health, your physical performance, your mental health, your appearance and many other aspects of your life. Changing your diet can have both positive and negative impacts.
Drastically changing the way you eat can produce quick results, particularly early in the diet. You may notice a rapid reduction in weight, improved energy and an overall improvement in the way you feel. However, these results tend to slow down after the initial adjustment period.
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Lots of Options To Choose From
There are dozens of diet plans to pick from and plenty of products on the market designed to help you stick with them. If you don't have the time or skill in the kitchen to cook all your meals, you can find ready-made options at your local grocery or on the internet for most of the popular diet plans out there.
Increases Your Sense of Control
Making the decision to take control of your eating habits can boost your sense of control in other aspects of your life. This can be helpful if you are feeling stressed out about other parts of your life that you have less control over. However, if you have a history of disordered eating, be wary of the lure of overly restrictive diets.
Difficult To Sustain
The main reason many people struggle to stick with a diet is that it is hard. Many diets encourage people to eliminate foods or entire food groups. Some require a great deal of planning and effort. It can be difficult to enjoy social events when you can't eat the same foods that everyone else is eating.
Additionally, many people get increasingly hungry as they lose weight.
Meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, researching and other tasks associated with being on a diet can take up a lot of time. It can be difficult to find diets that have a good balance between convenience and nutrition.
Positive Effects on Health
Various types of diets can reduce your risk factors for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. The best diets for health improvements are usually diets that are well-balanced and include a variety of foods from all the food groups.
Negative Effects on Health
Changing your diet can benefit your health, but diets that restrict calories too much or eliminate food groups can cause nutrient deficiencies. Supplements can make up for some of these, but it is better to get your nutrition from food.
Can Be Better for the Planet
Diets that reduce or eliminate animal products may be better for the environment. Meat production uses a large amount of the world's water supply and takes up a substantial amount of land. Additionally, methane emissions may contribute to global warming.
Can Be Expensive
Diets that require you to purchase special meals, hard-to-find ingredients or supplements can be expensive to follow. Additionally, some commercial programs come with monthly fees and other costs.
May Not Be Backed by Science
Many of the claims made by advocates for various diet programs are not backed by science. Some of these claims can be harmful to health, while others merely lead people to engage in behaviors that may waste their time and money.
Can Boost Your Confidence
Making healthier choices can help you feel better about yourself. It can also help you look better and feel less self-conscious about your body.
Can Ruin Your Relationship With Food
For some people, dieting can lead to an unhealthy obsession with everything they eat. It may also contribute to a negative body image and feelings of shame when they stray from the diet.
Changing your diet can impact your life and health in both good and bad ways. It is important to research diets before you begin and adjust them to fit your personality and lifestyle.
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Lewis Robinson is a freelance writer and expert in health and fitness. When he isn’t writing he can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.