Should You Be Dieting? The Pros And Cons

Insight: Profit bonanza eludes companies chasing obesity business

An overweight woman sits on a chair in Times Square in New York, May 8, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Another reason why dieting works in a healthy lifestyle is it makes you pay attention to what you’re putting in your body. By understanding the building blocks of nutrition, like how much protein and fiber you should be getting, and realizing how your body responds to certain foods. Reading labels is important in making not only sticking to your calorie count, but that you are getting the protein, fiber, or other nutrients that you need. OK, but is dieting good for you? It depends.
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Dieting & garcinia cambogia Intuitive Eating: Q&A with Expert Golda Poretsky

Weight Watchers is battling a declining membership base, growing membership at rivals, and the rise of cheap or free smartphone applications and activity monitors such as MyFitnessPal and the Jawbone UP wristband. There are nearly 2,000 weight-loss apps now available on the iPhone, and Berlin-based market research firm research2guidance estimates that by 2015, 500 million people will be using mobile health applications which cost much less than the packaged meal plans sold by Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem and Medifast that usually cost hundreds of dollars a month in up-front purchases. Analysts say the lion’s share of the world’s dieters use a “do-it-yourself” approach. “Broccoli and lettuce are good competition for weight-loss shakes,” said Imperial Capital analyst Mitchell Pinheiro. “Dieting is fickle to begin with and trends are fleeting.
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Q: What inspired you to write it? A: Last year, on International No Diet Day, I wrote a short list of 16 reasons not to diet and posted it on my blog. It got picked up by a bunch of places and really seemed to strike a chord with my readers. And it really makes sense. We live in a culture where, in America alone, people spend $60 billion a year on diets. And much of that money gets spent by the diet companies in convincing us that diets are good for us and worth doing. So its hard to get real facts about why diets are actually really bad for us, even though, intuitively, many dieters know that already. So I wanted to write a book that you could slip in your purse and show to diet-pushing friends, or leaf through when you wanted to remind yourself of why youre never going back to that Weight Watchers meeting again. I also wanted to write something that could really support the books readers in moving away from dieting and toward intuitive eating and body acceptance. Q: What are the most common myths about dieting that you continue to see?
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