Moving From Dieting to Healthy Living

There is a big difference between dieting and healthy living, and while the two of them can often go hand in hand, they are also very different. Both dieting and healthy living can have a place in your lifestyle, and both of them can be acknowledged for different purposes throughout your life.

What is Dieting?

Dieting is the act of restricting certain foods and/or counting calories, carbohydrates, sugars, etc. Dieting is often used in conjunction with rigorous exercise to try and bring about weight loss. You might hear of some people trying to lose weight before a big event, such as a wedding, so they try dieting as a means of doing so.

While dieting itself isn't a bad thing, it rarely works for any type of long term weight loss or health benefit, so it's also important to look into changing tactics – moving from a temporary solution to something more permanent, like healthy living.

What is Healthy Living?

Healthy living isn't dieting, but weight loss and overall health and wellness can be achieved by following a healthy living lifestyle. While counting calories, sugars, and carbohydrates can be a part of healthy living, you can cater healthy living to your own dietary needs and lifestyle choices to help make it work out for you. Healthy living involves making good and balanced choices when it comes to food, exercise, and how you generally take care of your body. Those who focus on healthy living tend to abandon the idea of fad diets and diets in general, and focus more on being healthy and choosing healthy things to put into their bodies and their lives.

Healthy Food Choices

For those who are both dieting and focusing on healthy living, healthy food choices are always important. While many who diet end up restricting many foods that have health benefits (like healthy fats in foods such as olive oil and avocado), those who follow healthy living guidelines aren't opposed to including those in their diets, and wind up reaping the nutritional benefits.

Many times those who follow diets choose foods that are low in calories and are made with a lot of processed or chemical laden ingredients, such as a wide variety of protein shakes available on the market. While they do include plenty of nutrients, it is more beneficial to your body to get those nutrients by consuming unprocessed food, such as fruits and vegetables.


Some people who have a history of dieting may focus more on their food intake than exercise and physical activity, and others find themselves overdoing physical activity, spending too much time exercising, which can be bad for your body and your health. Those who have decided to ditch dieting and move on to healthy living learn to find the perfect balance between food intake and exercising. While exercise is always important, it's important to find a healthy way to get in enough physical activity without overdoing it, as well as eat the right foods and take in enough calories to keep your body staying healthy and strong.

Moving From Dieting to Healthy Living

When deciding to move on to healthy living from dieting, you may need to make a few adjustments when it comes to the food you eat, making healthy choices for yourself, and getting enough exercise. Try to not focus on being so strict about counting calories and worry more about eating whole foods that are healthy and bring you the most nutrition. Eat healthier snacks and meals instead of eating less food overall.

Small changes, such as more fruits and vegetables, healthier options when it comes to salad dressings and take out, and choosing water instead of sugary beverages, are small steps that you can take to make a bigger change in the long run. Make your life healthy and embrace the healthy living lifestyle!

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