It seems like every few years a new diet fad comes along promising drastic weight loss in a matter of a few short weeks. Some are so ridiculous; it really makes you wonder who in the world could fall prey to the unrealistic promises and inflict on themselves dietary regimens that appear to be intuitively flawed.

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For instance, The Egg and Wine Diet is a diet which advises against exercise, limits liquid consumption to black coffee, tea and water for the most part, and suggests that a half bottle of wine every night is just the perfect amount to really kick-start the weight loss. What…

A Diet is not the removal of sweets from one’s food regimen. It is not the obsessive monitoring of calories. A Diet is less about food and more about the way you live your life. Even the etymology of the word points you to this conclusion. “Diet” finds its root in the Greek “diaita,” which means “a way of life.”

So why, then, has our understanding of “diet” shifted from a way of living to the myriad fads and trends that surround eating habits and eating habits alone? And how many flashes of dietary “revolution” have flitted across our consciousness over the years and decades?

 

Maybe subscribing to a dietary regimen, no matter how carb-counting, wine-fueled, egg-centric, or otherwise ridiculous it might be, gives people more confidence that a diet will work, especially if it’s a popular or trendy dietary regimen. People might get a sense that “all these people can’t be wrong.”

Well, unfortunately, popular consensus is a poor supplement for truth. Variety and activity are a better “diet” than any single regimen to which one might subscribe. For the most part, if you listen to your body, you figure out what is good for you and what isn’t. I, for instance, learned in fifth grade that I am very allergic to whatever chemical wash flows over prepackaged baby carrots. An interesting story for another time.

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You might not even need to diet, but the way you live your life is a diet, and just like any other choice you make it should be regularly reassessed so that you can be sure it is a good fit for your life. And please. Don’t restrict your diet to eggs and wine. I don’t care what anyone tells you. But, for the gas alone, just. Please.

In good food,

Zachary McElgunn
Editor

 

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