In nutrition, diet plays the role of regulating the intake of nutrients in food. The principles of nutrition state that the body needs certain food elements for its normal functioning. These elements include carbohydrates, protein, fat and the essential vitamins and minerals. When the balance of the said elements in a human body is disrupted, the human health can be at risk. This is the reason why proper diet is very much necessary to avoid obesity, heart diseases, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other chronic diseases.
For those who are unfamiliar with the term “diet”, it simply refers to a change in eating habits. “Diet” can also be used as a noun which means dieting. The diet plans presented by many organizations like the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association are examples of diets. Diets offer a list of foods that an individual can consume. There are also some diet plans that are vegetarian that do not require the intake of meat, fish or shellfish. Other examples of diets include vegetarian weight loss diet, vegan diet and the Mediterranean diet plan.
The verb “to diet” simply means to deprive oneself of something. Thus, when we say that one should eat vegetables sparingly because vegetables contain too much sugar, it simply means that one should eat vegetables sparingly. This example illustrates the principle of dieting. The key to dieting is balancing the amount of calories and other nutrients in the diet. This principle is also applied in training because if you over-train your body, it can suffer from serious damages.
In the first sense of the verb “diet”, diet simply refers to the act of preventing consumption of food. This can be achieved in several ways. In the first sense of the verb, dieting can be achieved by limiting the amount of calories one consumes. In the second sense of the verb, dieting means preventing the consumption of food in excessive amounts.
The third sense of the verb diet which refers to a diet is quite different from the others. In this case, the word diet actually refers to a periodic regime where one eats foods in a predetermined way so as to keep a balanced diet. For example, in the grammatical sentence “I had a diet”, the subject “you” is used instead of the object “food”. This shows that “diet” does not refer to a time frame, but rather a regime. The word diet can also be used in conjunction with the word “eating” to indicate the act of eating a certain type of food or a certain amount of food.
When reading entries in this module, make sure that you have mastered the concept of dieting and the food guide that you read is appropriate for your weight loss goal. If you feel that your workbook needs to be adjusted, use the appropriate keywords to indicate adjustments to your diet that you are making. For example, if you are working on a weight loss of twenty pounds, use the term “diet” to indicate that. Use “calorie level adjustment” if you want to indicate that you have adjusted the amount of calories that you are consuming. These tips will help you make the most out of your dieting experience.