If you’ve tried more diets than you can remember, it’s time to give up dieting now and reach your weight-loss goal the old fashioned way; with simple lifestyle changes to incorporate a little exercise and some small changes to your food choices, that will produce results.
Diets don’t work in the long-term
The problem with most weight-loss diets is they’re too specific to fit our lives. They tell you what to eat and how
much, but don’t take into account:
- Individual preferences
- Time constraints
- Likes and dislikes.
Plus, they throw so much change at us that they’re nearly impossible to follow for a long period of time. Remember, weight-loss is a lifestyle. When you want to lose weight, you normally choose the latest diet, which will often deliver a quick 5-10 pounds weight-loss, then your old eating habits return. If you stick with it to achieve your weight-loss goal, you may still find yourself back at the same weight or higher in a few months.
A Diet is a Lifestyle, Not an Event
On many diets, you are not eating the way you will eat for the rest of your life. You eat foods you may not like very much and don’t find satisfying. If you are determined enough, you stick with it until you reach your goal. But you know this is ‘just for the diet’, rather than finding healthier foods that you enjoy, in amounts that don’t cause weight-gain.
Diets Can Bring you Down
The very word “diet” is depressing to many of us. We think of giving up foods that are comforting and enjoyable. We may even stop socializing because food is a big part of how we interact with friends and family. We feel deprived, alienated and alone, except for others who are dieting. Eventually, we give up and enter back into the world of happy uncontrolled eating.
The Dangers of the Yo-Yo Diet Cycle
Studies are finding dangers in the yo-yo diet cycle of losing weight, gaining it back plus a little more, losing and gaining again. It is stressful on the body to have wide swings in body weight. We think each time that this time we won’t gain it back, but the statistics show that most of us will.
At first a diet can give you a sense of control. You are taking charge of your eating patterns. You may see success as the scale drops. But soon you are fighting cravings for forbidden foods, as well as hunger pangs and a lack of energy from the intake of less calories. Eventually, you rebel against the diet and start cheating. If your cheats are small you can still be losing weight, although more slowly. But soon you may go into full rebellion and return to your old eating habits.
Diets Slow-down Your Metabolism
Your body reacts to fewer calories by slowing down your metabolism, burning fewer calories each day just to maintain your body functions. If you don’t add exercise along with the diet, you will lose lean muscle mass as well as fat and water weight. When you lose muscle, your metabolism is slowed even further and you would have to eat even fewer calories per day to continue to lose weight. It takes a conscious effort to increase exercise when on a diet.
If you don’t exercise and then you fall off of the diet, the weight will come back on even faster, as your body is burning fewer calories per day. Even worse, the weight will come back on as fat rather than as the muscle you lost. Your body will look even less lean and healthy.