Why Don't Diets Work?
By Donovan Baldwin

Shaklee 180 weight lossAre you wanting to try some new diet or weight loss program you heard or read about, hoping it might help you with your weight loss problem?

Do you wonder if that diet plan or weight loss plan or program is good for your health...or, if it even works?

You are aware that, in general, weight loss has been shown to have a positive effect on health, but, does the diet program you're looking at accomplish weight loss in a healthy manner?

Let's look at some basic facts about most diets, their health effects, and their actual effectiveness on weight loss.


Is this really that important?

Well, as soon as you "go on a diet", you feel as if you are being punished. You begin to think about the pleasures you are going to have to forego, and the difficulties you will have to put up with. You think about the lack of support from others around you, and the possiblity of failure. Your future begins to look a little grim...not deadly, but not fun either. How long will you be able to sustain your commitment feeling this way? A healthy eating plan for weight loss should include some elements of fun, pleasure, and reward. That would be a little more encouraging.


Think about it!

How long are you, or any other normal person, going to be able to remain on a boring diet program?

Many diets, in addition to limiting portion sizes and amounts, also call for foods that may be bland or unappetizing. Eating in much the same manner day after day can become boring.


Some diets are disgusting, either in the foods you are allowed to eat (do you want to eat cabbage soup all day every day), or simply by the fact that you DO have to eat the same thing day after day.

After all, even ice cream can become loathsome if it is all you ever get to eat. Having to eat like this is not just NOT fun, and can even add to the stress which often is found in our modern lives.

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You can't eat this for lunch, but you can eat that for dinner. Maybe you have to count calories or carbohydrates, maybe you don't count carbohydrates but you do count calories...or vice versa. Eat protein, don't eat protein. What are the calories and nutrients in this food and that one? Which one is the best one? You almost need to have a full time dietician working with you to accomplish your weight loss goals on some diet programs.


Well, are we ever surprised?

How CAN diets be fun? They're boring and complicated, and make you feel bad about yourself and life. What else can we say about them? Well, could you see yourself giving up a vacation trip, or missing a family gathering because you're on a diet? You know that if you go, you will probably give in to the desire to savor the moment and enjoy the experience, but you will possibly feel guilty and weak before, during, and after the event. If you go, but stick doggedly to your icky, unappetizing diet while everyone else is sipping champagne, or eating turkey and dressing, how much joy are you going to get out of it? Not only that, how are you going to treat everyone around you? Are you going to be snappish to your family because you are hungry all the time and miserable because you're "on a diet"?


Permanent weight loss in a healthy manner, and, keeping it off for life, means that you need to learn a whole new style of eating and living.

Simply cutting down on calories for a short period is not the real answer.

You must change the overall manner in which you live your daily life.

Yes, this may be a little scary, but it doesn't have to be a bad thing. Is it bad to look in the mirror and like the person you see? Is it bad to become healthier and more alive?

Really, is it too big a price to pay to live longer and enjoy life more?


You've always heard that losing weight is good for your health. Isn't that true? Well, of course, it is. Getting rid of excess weight, in the form of fat, is probably going to be good for your health in the long run, but the diet itself may be bad for you. Your body requires a broad range of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and yes, even fat, in order to remain healthy. It can be difficult to get the entire range of nutrients needed even in a normal diet, not to mention getting them in the amounts and combinations which are most effective. If your diet restricts foods, types of foods, and amounts of foods you may eat, especially healthy foods, such as superfoods,, you may seriously injure or impair your health.


Diets tend to be self-defeating programs, even if we ignore the many other problems we have already mentioned. Your metabolism, for example needs to be considered. Your basic metabolism is the rate at which your body uses calories. This varies from person to person and even within the person based on lifestyle, age, environment, inherited characteristics, etc. For example, as we get older, our metabolism slows down. That's why most people tend to put on weight as they age. There are ways to increase the metabolism, the most common being exercise.

The body, whatever its "normal" state, referred to as homeostasis, tries to maintain that state. If you decrease the flow of calories that the body is accustomed to receiving, it will, after a while, learn to establish a new homeostasis based on the lower amount of calories. In other words, although you may lose weight at first, you will probably eventually level out long before you reach your weight loss goal. Even worse, if you go off the diet after the body has learned to sustain itself on fewer calories, you may gain back the weight you have lost AND MORE!


Remember that metabolism thing we mentioned above?

If you gain muscle mass through exercise, for example, you will burn more calories, If you lose muscle mass, you will burn fewer calories. One common effect of exercise is an increase of muscle mass (no ladies, you are not likely to look like the one-time governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, if you exercise...even if you lift weights.

In fact you may look more like Miss America if you exercise...most Miss Americas do.

Additionally, not only can you burn more calories during exercise, but by exercising regularly, you can lift your body to a higher metabolic rate as it goes about its day-to-day activities...including sleeping. Unfortunately, on a diet, your body tends to rob your muscle mass since you are cheating it out of the nutrition it believes it needs. This will also tend to depress your metabolic rate as in diet failure mechanism number one, increasing the effects. Again, if you stop your diet, the loss of muscle mass may increase the weight gain.


Is that a major issue? Well, to me and a few other people it could be. Periods between breakfast and lunch, lunch and supper, supper and bedtime can be real diet busters. Do you generally manage to get thru them without a snack...even if you ate a big meal? Probably not. And it's not just the hunger in your belly; you want that little treat, don't you? Yeah, you want to stop that little hint of hunger until it is time for a meal but you want a little pleasure too. You want to live normally, and for most of us, snacks are normal!

Well, folks, there you have it. Ten reasons why diets don't work and may even be unhealthy.

So, if you want to lose weight, but diets are not good for you, nor very effective, what can you do about it?

There's a lot you can do to lose weight without dieting.

You can substitute healthier food items in your food choices or remove unhealthy ones. Drink a diet drink instead of one with sugar. Put less on your plate the first time around, and eat more slowly. By the time you finish, your hunger may have begun to ease, you will have satisfied head, heart, and stomach...and everybody else will be getting up from the table. Avoid simple carbohydrates, such as things sweetened with sugar in favor of fruits, vegetables, and breads and pastas made with whole grains.

Change your current level of activity to help your body burn off a few more calories. You don't have to start by running a marathon, just get out and walk a little more. Walking for weight loss is a great strategy. Spend less time in front of the TV. Instead of a piece of pie, go have sex. That burns a lot of calories.

One of my favorite bits of advice to people wanting to lose weight is to tell them to check out the fat-burning fitness program developed by Tom Venuto, "Burn the Fat Body Transformation System". Tom is a natural bodybuilder (no steroids and other bad stuff), certified fitness coach, and straight shooter when it comes to health and fitness. I bought my first copy of his book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle back in 2005, and he updates it regularly.

If you don't want to face your weight loss by yourself, you might want to find an organization, or weight loss program, which can make the foods more appealing, that can plan the food choices for you, that can help you snack and still lose weight. In addition to these, many weight loss programs NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, TOPS International, or Weight Watchers can also provide a key element....SUPPORT!

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