If you want to use the dictionary definition:
See (a) and (b) up there? The first two definitions describe a "diet" as simply a normal intake of food. But I think most of us consider the (c) and (d) definitions to accurately describe a diet. When you reduce your calorie intake to lose a little (or a lot) of weight.
Definition of DIET1a : food and drink regularly provided or consumed
b : habitual nourishment
c : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reasond : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight <going on a diet>2: something provided or experienced repeatedly <a diet of Broadway shows and nightclubs — Frederick Wyatt>
To me, "diet" usually means some weird and wacky food plan that's very restrictive in terms of what you eat and how much you eat. At least, back when I started "dieting" that's what it meant to me. Right now, I'm nudging 60. I don't diet anymore. But I started on all those fanciful food plans way back when I was 13 and developed (or matured if you like) both physically, and emotionally.
What I wanted was to be every teenage star that appeared on the cover of all those teen magazines back then. What I wanted was to be like most of the girls in my class. I guess, what I really wanted was to be Barbie.
All those diets later ... I can honestly say that I never achieved any of those. And today, I don't really want those anyways.
As far as this blog goes, what I'll be sharing is what it was like to live through an amazing number of ridiculous diets. I can do that now, because when I look back on them I ask myself ... "what was I thinking?"
|Vintage Barbies by RomitaGirl (flickr)|