Nutrition Is Not Dieting: Here's the Distinction

Good nutrition and dieting aren’t mutually exclusive, but sometimes it sure seems like they are. Fad diets that promise quick weight loss if you stick to just one food or an extremely low calorie intake may help you diet in the short-term and even drop a few pounds. But these plans aren’t nutritionally sound.

Many of these fad diets are put together by people who have no nutrition training whatsoever. They’re just people who hope to make money by recommending an extreme way to lose weight. The nutrition specialists at My Fit Body 360 are different. They educate you on what to eat so you can live a healthier life and achieve specific health goals — and weight loss may be among them.

The distinction

A weight-loss diet should be based on good, solid nutrition principles. Nutrition is the practice of focusing on how diseases and problems can be prevented or reduced with a healthy diet. This includes everything from malnutrition to food allergies, food intolerances, and obesity.

Dieting, though, has come to mean weight loss and restriction. Diets don’t do a lot to help you with your health problems, many of which contribute to your being overweight in the first place.

Nutrition principles

At a clinical level, nutrition refers to the supply of protein, fats, carbohydrates, micronutrients, and macronutrients your body needs to stay alive and be healthy. You may follow good nutrition principles and get the nutrients you need through a variety of foods, but this doesn’t guarantee a healthy weight. It’s possible to overeat healthy foods and still remain overweight.

Nutrition also examines the way you eat, specifically what may motivate you, such as stress or boredom. At My Fit Body 360, we can help you identify these behaviors and develop strategies to correct them.

Dieting is different

Dieting usually implies your primary goal is to lose weight. While this is a laudable goal, taking any means necessary to achieve it can be detrimental to your long-term health. Plus, dieting isn’t sustainable. Good nutrition principles are.

At My Fit Body 360, we work with you to develop a nutritious and delicious eating plan that both helps you lose weight and boosts your nutritional status. If weight loss isn’t necessary, the nutrition plan helps you maintain your current weight while improving your health.

Tailored to you

A one-size-fits-all program isn’t going to help with good nutrition or weight loss. We make it a priority to get a personalized look at your health and body status with a DEXA scan (to measure your body composition), resting metabolic rate test, and a review of your current eating habits.

We ask you to keep a food diary so you become aware of your food choices and how they boost your health or weight-loss goals. Plus, with our nutrition program, you get assistance in the form of recipes, eating tips, and meal prep.

If you’re ready to get started on a diet plan that’s also intended to maximize your health, call My Fit Body 360 today or book online.  

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