Why Most Diets not Work
You probably know someone, or have been that “someone” – which started a diet with the best intentions in the world, thinking I would lose weight, feel better and enjoy better health and self-confidence. The disappointment came when, after months or years, to get on the scale he felt was much heavier than before, or even worse: more than ever. Why diet alone worked in a short period and why was an increase in weight such as diet supposedly ended?
The problem with diets is that … are diets! Many of us tried the latest diets that are known desperately, especially if we are dominated by frustration that causes us overweight we have at the moment. Something in the back of our mind tells us we can not subsist on cabbage soup for the rest of our lives, but ignore all that in the rush to lose weight as fast as possible.
Diets do not result in lasting weight loss. Why? For all diets have an end, and when we eat the way we did before starting the diet, we risk retrieve precisely the weight they had before.
Scientific facts support the conclusion that diets can make you gain weight. Our ancient and efficient fat storage wonders served our ancestors. When food was scarce, their bodies subsisted fat that had accumulated to stay alive. In times when food was abundant, their bodies still keeping fat, because surely another famine was coming.
Today, most of us are fortunate enough to not have to face famine. But deliberately put our bodies to self-imposed starvation or diets. When we move away from food, the body responds with its natural defense mechanism: feed on stored fat. The problem occurs when the diet ends, it is when the body accelerates fat storage system to prepare for the next famine.
There may be emotional factors at play, too. Some diets are so strict that leave those who carry forward always hungry. Therefore, ensuing feelings of deprivation, which lead some people to be satisfied or reward yourself with food. This leads to a spiral of overeating, guilt and shame, which generates more and more on food, with dire consequences.
So if you can not trust diets to help you lose weight … what can you do? Faces a sustainable change in your lifestyle. Eat nutritious foods. Train yourself and move more often. Find ways to relieve stress. Learn to identify those things that are masked by the term “hunger”, such as loneliness, boredom or depression. These changes may not make you lose weight with the speed of a liquid diet, but the weight you lose will remain so lost forever.
Remember: “diet” is a four letter word. To reach your health goals, you do not need a certain time. What you need is a permanent change in your lifestyle. When you face a new meal plan, ask yourself: Can I eat this way for the rest of my life and be healthy and happy? If the answer is “yes”, you have found a sustainable food plan that can last a lifetime.