Why You Shouldn’t Diet

A great diet evolves over time

Dylan Hughes
3 min readSep 19, 2020


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Dieting sucks, right? All of a sudden, you go from indulging yourself on the foods you love (that got you into a place of wanting to start a diet) to foods you hate! But you gotta do it, right?

No. Don’t diet.

Take it from me. Right now, I am 22 years old and weigh about 160 pounds. At a time, I weighed much more than that — 230 pounds, to be exact.

I was a chubby kid for most of my childhood. Once I got to high school, I hated how I looked and felt. I had no confidence in myself and it impacted how I interacted with people.

In the middle of my sophomore year, I decided to start taking action. I was finally going to lose weight!

I didn’t search for the latest fad diet plan that was going to help me drop 30 pounds in a month. Even as a teenager, I knew that wasn’t a sustainable plan. Punishing yourself in the short-term may help you lose weight, but your relationship with food won’t improve and you will eventually fall back on bad habits.

Changing your diet over time is a much more sustainable pathway to losing weight and keeping it off.

There were a lot of dietary decisions I was making that were clearly contributing to my weight gain. Eating anything at night is bad. I was taking it to the extreme, though. It was relatively common for me to eat potato chips, ice cream, and pizza late at night. Real late at night.

Ending that habit was the first big step. The next was not drinking soda.

My parents’ addiction to Diet Pepsi was passed onto me. Hell, I still drink too much of it now. But for a year, I didn’t drink any soda whatsoever.

Cutting soda out completely actually goes against the argument I’m trying to make here, and I think it was a mistake. I should have scaled back on my consumption but not cut it out completely.

Slowly building habits, whether in eating or other areas of life, creates a higher likelihood of it sticking in your routine over time.

If I had a glass of soda once a week or month instead of cutting it out completely, it would have been much easier to completely get rid of it later on. Establishing habits slowly…



Dylan Hughes

Two-time self-development author also writing on business and electric vehicles. My free newsletter: https://dylanhughes.substack.com.