Are 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.
DIETS ARE NOT FUN!
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.
DIETS CAN BE BORING!
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.
DIETS CAN GO BEYOND JUST BORING!
Some diets are actually disgusting, either in the foods you are allowed to eat (do you really 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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DIETS CAN BE COMPLICATED!
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.
DIETS INTERFERE WITH THE JOY AND PLEASURE OF LIVING!
Well, are we ever surprised?
They're not fun, they're boring and
complicated. 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 probalby
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
DIETS ARE ONLY TEMPORARY FIXES TO A PERMANENT PROBLEM!
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?
DIETS CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH!
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, you may seriously injure your health.
BUILT IN DIET FAILURE MECHANISM NUMBER ONE!
Diets are usually self defeating programs, even if we ignore the many problems
we have already mentioned. Your metabolism, for example needs to be
considered. Your basic metabolism is the rate at
which calories are used by your body. This varies from person to person
and even within the person based on life style, age, environment,
inherited characteristics, etc. As we get older, our metabolism tends
to slow down, for example. That's why most people tend to put on weight
as they age. There are ways to increase the metabolism, the most common
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 actually gain back
the weight you have lost AND MORE!
DIET FAILURE MECHANISM NUMBER TWO!
Remember that metabolism thing we mentioned above?
If you gain musclemass 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, 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
affects. Again, if you stop your diet, the loss of muscle mass may increase the weight gain.
DIETS DON'T LET YOU SNACK!
Is that a biggie? Well, to me and a few other people it can be. Those
stretches 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, 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 or remove unhealthy ones from
your...well, diet. 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 wheat.
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 weigth 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 go it alone, you might want 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 such as WonderSlim Diet Plan, NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, TOPS International, or
Weight Watchers can also provide a key element....SUPPORT!
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