We have all heard about, or even tried fad diets. After a short time we realize they do not work for our lifestyle. This is because many diets go against our body’s natural way of losing weight. The great news is that there are ways that can help you shed the weight and feel healthy.
1. Most weight loss programs only produce short term results.
Did you know that researches have found that 95% of diets fail after the first year? Some people lose weight initially, but then they gain it back again once they stop the diet. Sometimes they end weighing more than they did before they started the diet. They then try another diet and get the same results. They experience weight losses and gains repeatedly as they move from diet to diet. This is called yo-yo dieting, and it doesn’t lead to lasting weight loss.
The reason most diets fail in the long run is because they are based on external factors. Many of the popular diets dictate a strict list of foods that you can and can’t eat. In order to follow them successfully you need to do things like count calories, restrict carbohydrates, and give up the foods you love. These types of diets do nothing to change the way you feel about eating and food. Over time, these restrictions become too limiting and the diet fails to deliver the results we want. We feel bad about ourselves as a result, and the yo-yo dieting continues.
2. You can lose weight most effectively by following a “no-diet” approach.
The good news is that you can lose weight and keep it off by deciding NOT to diet! Most diets are based on limitations and forbidden foods. Your body tells you that you want something sweet to eat, but you stop yourself because you are on a diet. Diets teach us not to listen to ourselves – that we don’t know how to make decisions that are good for us.
It is better to free yourself from the restrictions of a diet. That way you can learn how to make good choices about food and eating. You can learn to listen to what your body needs. The key is to eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are full.
3. Long-term weight loss happens gradually and naturally over time.
We live in a time of instant results. If we don’t want to wait for food to cook, we use the microwave or order delivery. Most people don’t write “snail mail” letters anymore because writing and receiving email or instant messages is faster. Instead of taking pictures and then turning the film in to be developed, we see the images instantly on our cell phones or digital cameras. We like seeing results quickly. Many people start a diet because they want to lose weight quickly as well.
You may be able to lose weight quickly when you start a new diet. However, as we have learned, once this restrictive diet is over you will most likely gain the pounds back plus more.
Long-term weight loss happens when you start developing healthier eating habits. The weight may come off more slowly than it does with some of the popular diets, but the long-term results will be better. This is because once you learn to lose weight naturally you are much less likely to gain it back.
I hope that reading this helps you to realize that “not dieting” is the healthiest way for you to reach your goals. Many fad diets do not work over time. The weight loss happens quickly, but many people end up gaining the weight back. The way to lose weight is to “not diet” and allow the process to be gradual. You are in no rush to reach your goals.
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