“Be/Being on a diet is hard”

Be on a diet is hard.
Being on a diet is hard.

I want to say that usually, for most people, doing a thing is very difficult. I want to say this is always true, a fact.

Which form do I have to use, be or being? And why?


The gerund is fine, but I cannot think of a case in which a ‘bare infinitive’ may be used as a nominal. As a rule you must use the ‘marked infinitive’: the infinitive preceded by to. So these are OK:

 To be on a diet is hard.
 Being on a diet is hard. … and as Matt says, this is more common than the infinitive

But this is not:

Be on a diet is hard.

marks an utterance as unacceptable

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