According to Google, the definition of diet refers to “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.” So, technically we are all on diets because we all consume some form of food or another. But, then Google lists this other definition of diet that states, “a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.” Minus the medical reasons shenanigans, this is the definition that seems to be universally accepted for when someone refers to a diet.
Now, when you type in diet into Google’s search engine the first four suggestions that pop up are diet pills, diet plans, diet coke, and diet foods. It is pretty scary to think that the most popular Google search with the word diet in the beginning is diet pills. 4,460,000 results pop up with millions of brands. Which one should I pick? Personally, I am a little stingy with my money being a college student and all, and I’m a little skeptical about whether or not these pills are actually going to work. But, what’s perfect is that on dietpilluniverse.com it lists 2016’s top 10 diet pills, and if you do not lose weight you are guaranteed your money back! It definitely sounds like a win win. The thing about these diet pills is that they actually curb your appetite so you actually eat less or sometimes not at all! No wonder they guarantee weight loss.
Diet plans I’m all for. You are what you eat.
Diet Coke on the other hand, I’m not a fan. I’m not surprised it’s the third suggestion on the search engine, but yikes. The most common misconception about low-fat, nonfat, “diet” products is that yes they are healthier for you. Sometimes it can be, but a majority of the time that is not the case. Yes the product has less fat than the original, but food is a science and low-fat, nonfat products are a marketing scheme for big corporate companies to avoid dealing with creating actual healthy products and banning their own. Let’s say a product has 4 grams of fat in it normally, then it’s partner comes along with no fat in it! But, here’s the catch. Now let’s say the original 4 grams of fat probably had 8-10 grams of sugar with it, but the product with no fat in it needs to re-balance itself to make sure it still tastes half decent. So, along with no fat the product will contain 34 grams of sugar. In fact, sugar actually turns into saturated fat and is actually worse for you than consuming the normal fat that is supposed to be in the product. Moral of the story, if you are going to be drinking soda, which you shouldn’t be, you should be choosing Coke over Diet Coke.
And for diet foods, well, you get the jest (similar to the spiel above). I hate those weight watcher pre-made frozen food boxes…hint look at the sodium content.