The idea that dieting is the best way to lose weight is quickly becoming outdated. Research into how different foods affect the body is showing that the old mantra of calories in, calories out may not be so trustworthy after all.
While this sheds some light on why the majority of people who lose weight on diets wind up gaining it back, there are plenty of other reasons why the rotating litany of diet trends fails to help anyone achieve lasting health.
LACK OF SUSTAINABILITY
Diets are by nature something meant to be followed in a short term.
The list of foods you cant have tends to be so much longer than the list of those you can that eating may begin to lose its appeal. This drives most dieters to give up or bounce from plan to plan, looking for something that will satisfy them long enough to reach their goal weight.
Instead make a lifestyle change and look to incorporate whole foods into your diet without resorting to low-calorie “diet” foods.
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Diets that glorify one type of nutrient and vilify another may forbid you from eating foods that are actually good for you, such as whole grains or nuts. The resulting nutrient imbalance is often enough to cause health problems during the course of the diet.
That’s why it’s so important to eat a wholesome, balanced diet that isn’t dependent on elimination!
LITTLE OR NO SCIENTIFIC BACKING
Popular fad diet books often skew scientific research, cite poorly conducted studies or make unsubstantiated claims about the effectiveness of the plans that they outline.
Most of the people who write these books are interested in making money, not being truthful, and they wind up leading many unsuspecting dieters astray.
If you follow me on Snapchat (@VannaBelt) you’ll see some of my meals and I promise you I am not starving myself. I eat clean most of the time, but I also enjoy a healthy balance of different foods (including dessert). If you’re trying to tone up it’s important to eat enough to grow your muscles!
IMPROPER CALORIC INTAKE
Some diet plans take the concept of losing weight by maintaining a caloric deficit to the extreme. Eating too few calories confuses your metabolism and can actually make weight loss more difficult.
I crated the V-Lifestyle Guide to help you determine what your caloric intake should be based on where you are now and what your goals are!
PRESCRIPTIVE INSTEAD OF INSTRUCTIVE
Diet plans provide a strict, unwavering set of rules for you to follow for a specific period of time. Rarely if ever is any instruction given on how to properly maintain weight loss and support health in the long term.
This is part of what leads to the cycle of yo-yo dieting that leaves so many people feeling discouraged when the pounds start to come back.
ITS ABOUT MORE THAN FOOD
Psychological factors like food addiction and dissatisfaction with body image arent usually addressed in a diet plan.
The powerful influence that these issues can have on weight and eating habits undermines tactics such as portion control or replacing junk food with better choices. When the diet is over, the psychological influences remain, making it that much harder to sustain new habits.
To lose weight, keep it off and enjoy real health that lasts, your best bet is to focus on a long-term plan that combines real, nutritious food with a sensible exercise routine. Add in some stress management and a good support system and youll get better results than you ever did before.
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