Diets Are Overrated [And Why This Dietitian Thinks You Should Avoid Them in 2019]

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By Jessica Degore

It’s time to ditch the diet! And when I say diet I don’t mean restrictions that are necessary for religious/moral beliefs or medical conditions. I mean the idea that certain foods should be labeled as “bad” and vehemently avoided. This is the year to make peace with your body and avoid diets for the sake of weight loss.

Maybe that sounds wrong coming from a medical professional but the honest truth is that diets don’t work long term for weight loss. Decades of scientific evidence support that weight loss from dieting has a short life span.

Did you know that most people go on to gain the weight back, often times putting on additional weight? Keep reading to find out why.

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Losing weight does not automatically improve your health.

Often times lab values, outcomes, or medical conditions improve from the healthy changes you’ve made (exercising, eating more vegetables) not from the actual weight loss itself. Remember association does not equal causation.

Diets and weight loss can become very negative.

By creating a fear of certain foods and restrictions, you can actually lead yourself to unhealthy mentality surrounding food. Eating a wide variety of foods is actually bests for our health- this includes the cookies you enjoyed over this holiday season.

The restriction of certain foods and following the latest diet fad is actually more detrimental to your health than being overweight.

Feeling guilty or shamed about your weight or something you ate is not positive for your mental health and can lead to an eating disorder. There can also be serious physical consequences to weight loss and nutrient restriction.

I’m here to help you make peace with your body and diet the diets in 2019. I work with clients that are struggling with a poor body image or are tired of dieting to meet their goals. Nutrition is not one size fits all. There is more to life than pursing weight loss so let’s work together and build a healthier relationship with food.


I’m currently offering 50% off for new clients this month. You can reach me at dietitianjessnutrition@gmail.com or head to my site dietitianjess.com to inquire about working together. If you have any questions feel free to reach out. Or if you want to follow a body positive account follow me @dietitianjess on Instagram or Dietitian Jess Nutrition on Facebook.

[A version of this blog was also posted at dietitianjess.com]