The word diet is a deterrent for many people because it gives the feeling that one is about to eat less and go to bed hungry. Many years ago whenever I was invited to a special function, I knew I needed to go on a diet and I hated that fact. Cutting down calories meant eating less food, going hungry and being in a bad mood. Needless to say, I never cared for the word diet.
Adopting a lifestyle change removed diet out of my vocabulary. Once I learned to eat lots of veggies at every meal, I was always full and yet was still losing weight. I developed a love for kale, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, arugula, Swiss chard, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, cauliflower, squash, pumpkin, lentils, peas and beans. And by the time I added my whole grains, fresh fruits, low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds and my extra virgin olive oil, I was well sated and I loved my new way of eating.
The optimal diet is simply about eating healthy. Here! Here!