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The Evolution of Diets

Por Eleazar Lara-Pantin, MD, MSc.* -
The Evolution of Diets

It is unfortunate the way in which the word “diet” has gradually taken on a negative connotation over the centuries, and even more so in recent decades.

When the Olympic Games were originated in Greece, more than 700 years B.C., the term “diet” was used to describe a group of nutrients that were fundamental for humans to eat. Health and physical beauty could only be achieved through proper nutrition and regular exercise. Mental health was directly linked to those same principles, and it was important in the enjoyment of the arts, such as poetry and music, in which competition was also present.

Since then, many centuries have passed and our society seems to have lost sight of the main objectives of those diets. We also find that humanity has modified the concept of another essential element: time.  In our current living environment, we must address the interests of millions of people who aspire to obtain a certain figure, within variable frames of reference, in the least amount of time possible.

Today, the term “diet” is often associated with a list of forbidden foods (because they are fattening etc.) and a list of acceptable foods (because they aren’t fattening etc.). The “forbidden foods” which is restricting foods people often prefer, and the second list is recommending people to include foods people often dislike. This makes it difficult for people to want to follow such a regimen.  And the emphasis of such an eating plan is on weight loss, instead of on healthy eating habits and physical activity.

A Different Proposal

MyDiet™  was developed to guide and encourage people to make positive changes in their eating habits and physical activity routines. It is based on personal preferences, taking into consideration a person’s likes and dislikes of foods and/or types of physical activities.

MyDiet™ is definitely not a list of foods that are forbidden and another that encourages people to eat things they don’t like.   Using MyDiet™  every user can design his/her own menu plan, based on what is most suitable for him/her. Based on their unique and individual information, the user is also at liberty to modify the menu developed by the program.

The MyDiet ™ can help you reach your nutrition and fitness goals, without sacrificing the foods and/or activities you love!

*Dr. Lara-Pantin, a nutrition specialist, is Vice President of Product Development for DrTango, Inc.


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