Why Going on a Diet Is a Bad Idea

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The dictionary defines the word diet in both its noun and verb form. I want to point out a few definitions to give you more insight into the word itself.

  1. The foods are eaten, as by a particular person or group. (Noun)
  2. Food or feed habitually consumed or provided. (Noun)
  3. To select or limit the food one eats to improve one’s physical condition or to lose weight. (Verb)

Many people shy away from the word “diet” because they don’t understand its true origin. The word “diet” stems from the Greek word “diaita” meaning “way of living” and the Latin word “diaeta” which means “prescribed way of life.”

What I want to focus on today is the noun, the basis for some of the topics I will be building on as this blog starts to evolve. When I refer to the word diet, I will be referring to the foods you eat. Your diet may consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, lean proteins and water if you lead a healthy eating lifestyle. On the other hand, you may be eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) comprised of fast food, take out, deli meats and white bread, pizza, pasta, etc. Whatever your diet is I am not here to judge.

Blessed Fusion was created to  bring you the perfect blend of scientific knowledge and scriptural truths for wholesome, healthy living. The purpose of this blog is not to convert you to any particular dietary lifestyle. What this blog is intended to do is give you ideas and options backed up by scriptures and science, to empower you to choose a lifestyle that works best for you.

A healthy dietary lifestyle is very beneficial and can improve your quality of life. Being “on a diet” however, is restrictive, limiting and unpleasant, this is why so many people fail when attempting to lose weight by “going on a diet” and why going on a diet is a bad idea. There are many diet programs out there that claim to help you “lose weight quick” such as the cleanse diet, vinegar diet and juice diet; some even promote diet shakes that are supposedly going to help you lose weight the healthy way. These are all fads and gimmicks; real consistent weight loss can only be achieved by living a disciplined, healthy lifestyle.

When it comes to losing weight, research shows that diets alone don’t work. Researchers Sherry Pagoto of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Bradley Appelhans of the Rush University Medical Center have pulled together some studies showing that various types of diets only produce moderate success rates when people just change the way they eat. Lifestyle changes like portion control and learning how to work out safely paired with behavior changes like going to the gym even if you don’t feel like it, are things that you just must do if you want to shed extra pounds.

Another reason why dieting doesn’t work is that according to scripture, it goes against God’s design for us. Colossians 2: 20-23 says “If you died with Christ to the way the world thinks and acts, why do you submit to rules and regulations as though you were living in the world? “Don’t handle!” “Don’t taste!” “Don’t touch!” All these things cease to exist when they are used. Such rules are human commandments and teachings. They look like they are wise with this self-made religion and their self-denial by the harsh treatment of the body, but they are no help against indulging in selfish, immoral behaviour.”

God gives us free will which allows us to make our own decisions, in fact, God is about freedom, grace and love. Dieting is about following “rules.” When we follow a strict diet meal plan, we are submitting to the rules of the world and attempting to lose weight out of our strength. Instead, we should embrace the freedom that comes from accepting Jesus into our heart. You can always turn to God and ask him to help you eat in a way that is conducive to losing weight. God created your body, so he has the best “healthy diet plan” to help you lose weight.

The Bible also cautions us against judging one another’s eating habits. “One person believes that one may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. The one who eats must not despise the one who abstains, and the one who abstains must not pass judgement on the one who eats; for God has welcomed him.” Romans 14: 2-3.

We are not to judge each other; we are to love one another, that’s God’s will. You are free to eat whatever you like, but choosing healthy options helps you vibrate at a higher frequency, which allows you to be more susceptible to the works of the holy spirit in your life.  “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy spirit.” Romans 14:17. Peace be with you!

Dieting is about following “rules.” When we follow a strict diet meal plan, we are basically submitting to the rules of the world and attempting to lose weight out of our own strength. Instead, we should embrace the freedom that comes from accepting Jesus into our heart. You can always turn to God and ask him to help you eat in a way that is conducive to losing weight. God created your body so he has the best “healthy diet plan” to help you lose weight.

The Bible also cautions us against judging one another’s eating habits. “One person believes that one may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. The one who eats must not despise the one who abstains, and the one who abstains must not pass judgement on the one who eats; for God has welcomed him.” Romans 14: 2-3.

 

We are not to judge each other, we are to love one another, that’s God’s will. You are free to eat whatever you like, but choosing healthy options helps you vibrate at a higher frequency, which allows you to be more susceptible to the works of the holy spirit in your life.  “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy spirit.” Romans 14:17. Peace be with you!

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