The weight fluctuation created by yo-yo dieting is actually more harmful to your health than just staying overweight. With each cycle of dieting the net result is an increase of body fat relative to muscle mass. This is why most weight loss diets causes weight gain in the long run.
Also, despite the billions of dollars spent on weight loss programs and healthy eating campaigns, obesity rates are on the rise.
It has been proven time and again that weight loss diets don’t work. Here are 6 reasons why.
1-Diets are a temporary fix. Most people think of diets as a temporary solution to their problem. Once the weight has been lost, they go back to their old habits. The end result is regaining the weight back and even more. Diets do not educate people on implementing long-lasting healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes.
2- Diets are usually restrictive. Most people can stick to a certain restrictive weight loss program for a while, but eventually they get bored and give in to their cravings. Most people on a diet feel unhappy, deprived and stressed.
3- Diets do not take into account bio-individuality. The idea that everybody is metabolically and biochemically different, have different food and lifestyle preferences is not taken into consideration. In order to lose the weight and maintain it, people have to be on a diet and lifestyle program that addresses their bodily requirements as well as their likes and dislikes.
4-Diets can slow down your metabolism. Calorie restricted diets that leave you starving can slow down your metabolism. The less you eat, the more you drive your body into starvation mode where it holds on to fat stores. This is especially true with yoyo dieters, who are in a constant struggle to lose weight.
5- Diets are usually expensive. Most diets require participants to buy specialty foods or prepared meals. This can be convenient and can work for some time but it is definitely non-sustainable and impractical. Besides the fact that ready-made meals are not usually contain the best ingredients for your health. Most of the time, they contain additives and preservatives or have a high salt content.
6-Most weight loss diets fail to address underlying emotional issues that are holding people back from creating lasting positive changes. These can include food cravings and addictions, fear of failure, fear of success, self-sabotage, to name a few. These issues are important to work one to ensure effective and long lasting results.
It is time for you to take back power over your health and get rid of those feelings of guilt, deprivation and disappointment that come with dieting. Adopting a new healthy attitude towards food and knowing when and what to eat is the best insurance for you to look good and feel great forever. To achieve your weight loss goals, you must have the right strategies to address different possible root causes of your overweight.
A successful weight loss program emphasizes the cornerstones of good health: a health-promoting weight loss diet, a healthy lifestyle and a positive mental attitude. All of these components are interrelated, and no single component is more important than the other.
Your biggest concern must be how to supply your body with nutrient dense foods rather than calorie dense foods. This means to eat fewer calories not less food.
Lastly, remember that what you eat is your choice and this can heal you or harm you. In other words your food can be your medicine or your poison, so do your best to make the right choices.