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Dieting is the practice or habit of eating (and drinking) in a regulated fashion with the aim of losing (or, sometimes, gaining) weight, or in some cases to regulate the amounts of certain nutrients. For example, a person who has diabetes is often on a diet that very carefully regulates blood sugar level.

Certain religions, including Judaism and Islam also impose restrictions on diet, but these are not usually thought of as 'dieting'.

Most typically "dieting" means eating in a carefully planned way to in order to reduce excess body fat. In this sense, there are a number of so-called diets that can be used as part of a regimen of dieting. Also in this sense, excessive dieting is related to anorexia nervosa and bulimia, which are life-threatening conditions. Weight Watchers is a well-known organization that supports weight loss efforts.

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