Ugh, I hate that word... "dieting." It literally has the word "die" in it! By no means do you need to "die-t" to lose weight. And, sorry to spill the beans, most of those d-word strategies end in the exact opposite - either stalling progress all together or setting you up for weight gain rebound. There are a couple other (more helpful) reasons I don't like the idea of a "diet." It assumes that the changes you're making will be temporary. It usually sets you up on a meal plan that SHOULD only be temporary. It asks you to includes absurd amounts of cardio or exercise in general. It sometimes includes some sort of "meal replacement," supplement, or magic pill.