Defined as the process of eating food in a regulated way in order to alter or maintain specific body weight or treat diseases, a diet is often used by those who are looking to lose weight. 

As we learn more about the foods that are good for us – and those that are detrimental to our health – humanity is slowly creating, modifying, and implementing a variety of diets as we move into the future. 

A Long History Of Dieting 

While the exact origins of dieting are unknown, one of the first recorded dietitians was George Cheyne, an English doctor. He wrote “An Essay of Health and Long Life” in 1724, in which he encouraged people to avoid so-called “luxury foods” and to get both exercise and fresh air on a daily basis. 

Later, Scottish military surgeon John Rollo wrote “Notes of a Diabetic Case”. Published in 1797, the report described how a meat-based diet could benefit those who were afflicted with type 2 diabetes. 

Dieting continued to become popular through the 19th and 20th centuries, with a variety of lifestyle-based and fad-based diets cropping up quite often. 

Following A Diet 

As noted, there are several hundreds of kinds of diets, and several ways to follow each of those diets. There are a few most common types of diets, however.

The low-fat diet involves taking in less fat throughout the day. Calorie consumption ends up dropping due to less fat consumption, and low-fat diets typically result in a loss of around 7 pounds between 2 and 12 months, depending on the individual. 

Low-calorie diets, such as the Weight Watchers diet, usually end up producing what’s known as an energy deficit. This results in around 2 pounds lost per week, and a loss of between 500 and 1,000 calories per day. 

Low-carbohydrate diets tend to be high in fats and proteins, such as the keto diet. These diets tend to restrict carbohydrate intake enough to cause ketosis in the body, which is a change to your regular metabolic state. 

Because there are so many different kinds of diets, there are endless ways to vary each one to your liking. The best way to begin with choosing and modifying a diet is to evaluate your current eating habits and to speak with a healthcare professional about your personal weightless and body goals. 

Exercise Vs. Dieting 

Most of the recent news about dieting is about the ever-present discourse about whether dieting or exercising is the most effective way to lose weight. 

However, recent expert studies have shown that a combination of both diet and exercise really is the best way to get fit and stay fit. Whether this means 30 minutes of activity and a low-calorie diet or a low carb diet and 15 minutes of exercise greatly depends on the individual and their needs. 

Dieting And Popular Culture 

Many celebrities have highly specific eating and exercise regiments that they often share with their fans. 

In fact, Beyonce eats only 1,400 calories per day for 22 days straight, Chris prat follows a Bible-inspired diet, and Shailene Woodley eats clay to remove toxins from her body. 

Choose The Diet That Works For You 

When it comes to dieting, the best way to go is to figure out what your unique needs and goals are and work towards crafting something that will be accessible to you. As noted, speaking with a healthcare professional can help get you on track to reaching your weight loss goals!