Diets vs. Lifestyle Changes – What to Know

At first glance, these two terms may seem similar to each other. While it’s true that they both help you achieve your fitness and health goals, they have key differences that you must know to truly utilize them for yourself. In this article, we’ll be going through their distinctions and what you can do to create a healthier and better you.

What Diets Are

The first thing that you have to know about diets is that they are temporary. They are meal plans that are followed to achieve short-term goals—and they have end dates, too! Some people go on diets to prepare for an event where they have to dress well, others to lose weight for certain sports events, and so on.

In most cases, dieting becomes synonymous with deprivation. When people go on diets, food becomes a strong temptation they must avoid until they reach their goal. Sometimes, people even go to extremes and starve themselves for prolonged periods just to shed some weight.

There are many reasons for this, but all the same, the diet ends once that event is done. People go back to their normal routines and their old eating habits—and they put the weight back on.

Nevertheless, not all diets are bad. With proper planning and the advice of dietitians and trainers, you can come up with diets that are both safe and effective for you.

What Lifestyle Changes Are

Compared to diets, lifestyle changes are permanent. They involve switching things up in your daily routine and sticking to them for the rest of your life. Aside from your food choices, it also involves changing your outlook in life.

Moreover, the goal you are trying to achieve here isn’t short-term. It’s all about looking at the bigger picture and taking care of yourself to improve the quality of your life in the long run.

Considering this, the changes involved here may be introduced gradually. After all, you are not chasing after a deadline, and you are essentially reworking the way you live. For you to form healthier habits successfully, it’s best to improve certain aspects of your life one at a time, slowly and steadily.

Finally, you can find a diet that matches your new lifestyle so that you can achieve your weight goals in a healthier manner. By doing so in conjunction, you can also start to view meals and nourishment in a more positive light!

How to Change Your Lifestyle Healthily 

As mentioned above, making a lifestyle change is a big project—it requires a lot of time, discipline, commitment, and effort from you. If you’re ready to make a change, do your research, make a plan, and follow these steps suggested by the American Psychological Association.

  • Be patient with yourself. You don’t need to make big changes right away; you can begin by forming small habits and allow your body to transition well.
  • Don’t multitask. Most of the time, it won’t be effective. List down all the things you hope to achieve, but focus only on one at a time.
  • Surround yourself with people who have the same goal. You can support each other to endure this process and come out victorious!
  • Remember that failure is normal. You will make unwise food and lifestyle choices now and then. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Admit where you went wrong, then stand up and get back on track.


If you want to enjoy long-lasting results, making lifestyle changes rather than simply going on diets is the smarter choice. Changing your way of life—from your food choices and eating habits to your overall outlook—is an effective way to achieve your long-term goals. And with these life goals in mind, you’ll notice that your diets will also become healthier. Rather than the numbers on the scale, it will be about becoming the better version of yourself.

Looking for a personalized fitness program in Wellesley? We have got you covered! Here at The Fit Factor, we believe that fitness is a lifestyle—so we take the time to understand your goals and align with your motivation. Our aim is to push you to move toward your goals every day. Ready to get started? Get in touch with us today!

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