Many adults diet to get in shape, feel better about their bodies, or slim down before an important event. However, dieters often make the false assumption that they should change their eating habits only for short periods of time and only when their goal is to lose weight. In reality, doing so can lead to eating patterns that are harmful to long-term health. Here are seven misconceptions about dieting that can make the outcome more detrimental than helpful.
"Diets Are Meant To Be Short-Term Solutions"
Dieting usually involves restricting the type and quantity of food consumed with the goal of losing weight. It is easier to engage in such restricted eating when it is a short-term endeavor, which most diets designed to reduce weight often are. However, restricting food intake for short periods of time can result in yo-yo dieting, which does not result in sustained weight loss and can harm health. Constant changes in eating habits and the nutrients consumed are hard on the body, especially the heart. It is better to focus on small but permanent diet and lifestyle changes to achieve long-term health goals. Try to incorporate healthier foods into all meals and limit the intake of junk food.