Everything You Need to Know About Dieting

Do a Google search of the word “diet” …and you will get approximately thirteen bazillion hits. Thirteen bazillion articles and websites created by thousands upon thousands of individuals & corporations who are trying to sell you their miracle solution to your weight loss dreams…all for the low, low price of….over $60 billion per year

In today’s post, I am going to start laying out a weight-loss framework that will…

  • tell you everything you need to know about dieting,
  • help you understand the theories behind any diet,
  • help you design a diet that works for YOU, and
  • not spend any money

To begin with, we’re going to divide ALL of the possible dieting methods into their 2 main camps.

  1. Eat Less
  2. Burn More

Then, we’re going to break down these two main dieting philosophies into their numerous sub-categories, and so on and so on…until you are a veritable expert on diets and weight loss.

Note – while I don’t believe that an Eat Less / Burn More approach to weight loss is the correct approach, this is how the current weight loss industry is constructed…so we will stick to that format as we delve deep into the diet /weight loss industry

Eat Less

Eat less food and you WILL lose weight…This is the basis for most diets.

It’s a simple theory, based on the concept in physics that energy can neither be created nor destroyed…and as a result, if you consume less energy (food), you have to lose the exact same amount of body-fat. Unfortunately, as every seasoned dieter knows, our bodies are not as straightforward as the laws of physics and are incredibly stubborn about holding onto our fat and that unless we are willing to keep dropping caloric intake until we are literally starving ourselves, we need to build upon the Eat Less theory of dieting if we want long-term success.

To that end, here are the major sub-categories of Eat Less dieting techniques created by the weight loss industry.

Structured Diets

This category dominates the weight loss industry. In fact, when I say the word diet, structured calorie-reduction diets are what everybody thinks of. Whether it’s a soup diet or a cabbage diet or a detox diet or a juice diet or any of the other  79,o45 different types of diets that Wikipedia categorizes, the theory is the same. Eat Less. How you do it is nothing but a marketing ploy. They are all the same.

diet books1 Everything You Need to Know About DietingAlmost all diet books are variations of the Eat Less theory. Save your money and re-use last years diet books before you rush out and buy the latest best-seller.

Next Page – Behaviour Modification Techniques…

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Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.


  1. barbararuth

    May 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Overall this message is true, but it’s an oversimplification. Person #1 creates a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day by eating 300 fewer calories than he consumes and taking a brisk walk that burns 200 calories per day. Person #2 creates a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day by eating 150 fewer calories a day and burning off an average of 350 additional calories per day through a weekly regime that includes a strength-training program and both high and low intensity aerobic activities. Person #2 might lose fewer pounds; he’s going to have much better results in the senses that people want — inches off the waist, muscle definition, and capacity to enjoy more challenging physical activities.

  2. JLiv

    May 5, 2012 at 3:52 am

    There are so many misleading information out there about weight loss. Most importantly starting a diet needs to start with changing a person’s attitude towards his/her eating  habits and exercise. Results will definitely won’t come without sacrifices. That is why I liked this article so much, it discusses many aspects of weight loss, including psychological factors, which many articles doesn’t even mention, but is as crucial as eating healthier foods.

  3. lance

    September 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Its just a damn shame that people don’t do what they are meant to do. Eat less,be active is how its done. But most people want to loose weight without the sacrifice thats needed. In my opinion gastric bypass is just terrible. The possible side effects are scary.I have seen what can go wrong 1st hand as a nurse.

  4. PutDownTheCookie

    September 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Wow. The prevalence of obesity is more of a concern than ever before, yet the gimmicks and fads just keep coming. Most of them just throw people off even more and they end up disappointed that they’ve failed again. Great blog. Thanks for keeping it real.

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  6. Bob Woods

    April 15, 2008 at 12:48 am

    The Shrinking Man here. You have a really, really good site. And that comes from a guy who is not only a blogger, but who was a journalist for many, many years.

    Keep up the good work!