It’s a well-known fact that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of diets that people try – without success – every year.
Unfortunately, the majority of these are what is known as “fad diets” and may even be detrimental to your overall health and well being.
Let’s take a look at why these fashionable diets should stay out of fashion – forever – and how you can lose weight, and keep it off, for good…
Why Diets Are Not Sustainable?
It is a fact that, for most people at least, diets are just not sustainable and this could be due to a number of reasons:
Difficult To Maintain Long-Term
The majority of diets centre around reducing calorie intake, eating one food group consistently, and not consuming certain food groups at all.
This could be extremely bad for your body, as your body will not get the nutrients it requires.
What’s more, once you go back to your normal eating habits, chances are that you will regain all the weight you lost and possibly even more.
Diets Are Easy To Quit
Probably the easiest thing about a diet is quitting it! Some diets take the fun out of eating by being too restrictive or by making you eat something you really really don’t want to eat.
This makes it super easy to throw in the towel and give up on something that was making you miserable.
Diets Don’t Address Underlying Issues
In today’s age where you are raised to believe you can become anything you want, even model-thin, most people believe the only reason diets fail is because people stop dieting.
Sadly, they don’t take into consideration that weight is not always a choice. It can be hereditary or due to medical issues.
People who have these issues can’t expect the diets that are rumoured to work to work for them. They will need to lead a special lifestyle to combat their weight issues, but more of this later.
Diets Set Unrealistic Expectations
Diets create unrealistic expectations, making unsubstantiated weight loss claims and recommending potentially dangerous methods to lose weight.
These diet plans are not healthy and won’t help you develop behaviours you need to maintain your weight loss. Instead of depriving your body of the nutrients it needs, feed your body a nutritionally balanced food plan and focus on health and well being instead of weight.
You will lose weight as a result of this healthy lifestyle that you can maintain for a lifetime. This is where what is known as “clean eating” comes in to help you develop long-term healthy habits that will lead to long-term success.
Diets Demonize Foods
Keto, paleo, low-carb, Atkins, Carnivore all have one thing in common. What is it?
The answer is there is one particular food group or heaps of foods that are demonized and labeled as “bad” foods.
Why do these diets do that?
Because it sells.
I mean, which book would you buy – “good carbs, bad carbs” or “the importance of moderation”? One of them is full of lies, while the other explains a vital piece of information.
Can you guess?
Dieting & weight loss isn’t a single solution even though that’s how it’s marketed to be. People want to know that one single solution to all of their weight loss woes.
And since these diets demonize a food group or multiple foods, this means they ask you to cut them out of your diet. The perfect recipe for binge eating on the “right foods.”
If you find yourself bingeing on foods you love, it is likely because you’ve deprived yourself of them by following rigid dietary protocols – as the old proverb asserts, ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’.
This is why some diets are unsustainable. They cause deprivation, set unreal expectations, and are far too easy to quit which eventually gets the best of you.
Food is life, and thinking about it in a negative sense is not a sustainable mindset. Diets that are focused on a form of deprivation are destined to fail.– James Fell