There are definitely ways to influence the size and shape of your body. I use the word influence very carefully, because “control”—complete and total control of your body—is impossible. However, there are ways that you can nudge your body in one direction or another, and one of those ways is through monitoring your diet. In the conversational sense, diets are usually talked about as a way of restricting your caloric intake, but that’s not necessarily always the case. Indeed, many people have different aims for diets.
By raising your awareness of what goes into your body, you can exercise more influence over how your body looks. This functions on the basic premise that your body uses a certain amount of energy—known as calories—every day. By consuming fewer calories than you use, you can force your body to rely on stores of reserves. By consuming more calories than you typically use, you can build up those reserves. The relationship between calories and energy expenditure forms the basis of almost all diets—though not all. Some diets will focus on the types of calories you consume.
Determining the type of diet that is right for you will often rely on knowing what your desired results are. To that end, we have more information on the following diet types:
At their core, most dieting tips and tricks are about one simple thing: listening to your body. This means putting more food into when it needs it and refraining when it doesn’t. To learn more about diets, be sure to check out our wide selection of body contouring articles.
For an average person on an average day, your body will require 2000 calories.
When losing weight, 3500 calories translates into one pound.
Roughly 45 million Americans diet each year.