So lately everyone has been really into either dieting, or eating healthy. Yet we still can’t see the difference. For example, If you’re sitting somewhere with your friends and your friend orders a salad, the first thing you or someone else will say is probably “are you on a diet?” and if I was there I would answer you back and say “no, she’s just eating healthy instead of stuffing her face with unhealthy food.” Another example would be, if someone goes to the gym, runs, jogs, walks or any form of exercise you can possibly think of, the first thing someone is going to say is “why are you trying to lose weight? You’re so fit.”

So I’m going to explain to you the difference between eating healthy and dieting, so we can just end this conversation and never open it up again. Here we go, first of all lately we’ve grown into relying on quick fixes to get us ready for an important event, for example prom, weddings, high school reunion, graduation and many more. So if someone is trying to lose weight before graduation that person will probably try going on a chemical diet, or only water diet, or any of those other diets that cuts out all the food we normally eating except a couple. For example the cabbage soup diet, or grapefruit diet, which by the way, only makes people gain back the weight with extra pounds the moment they break the eating cycle. In reality, if we just stick to a healthy eating plan (eating healthy) we can completely forget about those quick diets that only ruin our bodies.  By eating healthy, you will no longer have those moments of terror when an invitation comes on Facebook “Please RSVP” or when you see an old boyfriend on the street.

So what are DIETS?

The word diet really means everything that you eat and drink, anything that enters your body through your mouth to give you energy. Overtime we as humans, off course changed the importance of this word to a multi-billion dollar industry aimed at quick fixes, which feeds our insecurities. The goal of any diet is basically to restrict our intake of food and beverages in an effort to lose weight. Some diets restrict calories and other diets restrict carbohydrates. However regardless of what a diet restricts, they all share a common theme: either to eliminate something from your eating routine, or to cut back on how much food you consume.

On the other hand, there is eating healthy.

A healthy eating plan is a complete program that improves your health and life style according to your food. Eating healthy doesn’t focus on restricting or totally eliminating foods, however it tells your body how to consume its energy correctly, by eating the right food. The goal is always to be eating well, and never less.

The major differences include:

1)   Eating healthy is going to teach you how to lose weight slowly in an effort to keep the weight off permanently. A diet will only focus on losing weight quickly in a very short period of time, which usually slaps you back in the face by gaining the weight back, sometimes the double.

2)   Balanced meals: any healthy eating program will encourage you to eat a balanced diet. This means that fruits and vegetables are allowed regardless of their calories. One of the easiest ways to spot a flawed diet is when one only eats one type of food or eliminates certain foods.

3)   Eating healthy concentrates on the means rather than the end. Yes it will take time till you reach your goal, and it will require you to change your life style, you will have to work out, but by the end, when your results are out they won’t be gained back the moment you break your eating cycle.

Therefore you should always know the difference between eating healthy, and dieting. Eating healthy is always the better choice, dieting is just a form of torture that helps you for a while, but in a matter of time it will slap you right in the face.


-Zeina Salama