Nutrition coach Richard Lovatt asks
Effective dieting was the theme of a presentation from Richard Lovatt, a nutrition coach and personal trainer at the press launch of Body Power Expo 2014.
Dieting remains a burning topic in nutrition. When asked ‘does dieting work?’ the audience of health, fitness and nutrition journalists and professionals were split in their decision. Indeed it is a tricky question to answer. The term dieting itself can be understood in many different ways. To the average consumer ‘diet’ means abstaining from eating foods high in fat and sugar. However this is incorrect. Diet is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the “sum of food consumed by a person”. Diet is the food eaten every day of a person’s life, not a week that they decide to swap chocolate and take-aways with rice cakes.
Richard lists the main factors to the successful adoption of a diet as:
- Adherence: How well you can stick to your diet
- Mindset: What is your state of mind whilst following a diet
- Moderation: Avoiding excesses
Due to these factors Richard explains why he feels exclusive diets such as Atkins, Duken or Clean Eating often fail to be successfully adopted. In a world where we are surrounded by an abundance of quick and easy fast food fixes, adhering to a diet that totally excludes these food can be very challenging. Whilst maintaining an exclusive diet one may develop a mindset that leaves them feeling superior to those who eat ‘bad foods’, but ultimately unsatisfied. This is made worse by the prospect of eating only an excess of select food groups whilst excluding many others, or even worse excessively reducing all foods in excess.
Through his presentation Richard demonstrates the benefits of adopting an inclusive diet/normal eating for life instead of experimenting with short term exclusive dieting.