Do Diets Really Work? Why Do Most People Fail?
There was once a single mother who had a young daughter. She was strict on her diet and refused to take in anything sweet for weeks. And she has also been faithfully watching her portions. She works out for an hour for 4 times a week. However, she has not lost any weight, and doesn’t know why. So do diets really work?
We often hear stories about this and it is not very uncommon. You might be doing everything you can to lose weight, but can’t seem to make any progress. Consequently, you are frustrated or depressed and are ready to give up.
One issue is that most diets are homogeneous. They don’t consider the individual’s physiology, metabolism, and lifestyle. They are a treat cutter way to deal with weight loss, which doesn’t work much of the time. In this manner, utilizing the services of a professional dietitian might be the best solution. Your dietitian will be your own personal mentor and cheerleader, helping you through the unavoidable difficulties.
Likewise, diets fail because of lack of support. You may feel alone with no one to talk to about your weight problems. Others seek the advice of psychotherapists to help them deal with their food-related issues. This can be valuable especially for those who suffer from eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, which are very serious diseases that needed attention.
What about the hidden calories, are you counting them too? Hidden calories in the foods we eat is another pitfall of dieting. Often, we are consuming calories and don’t even know it. Trouble is, few people pay attention to what they drink each day or even realize that the calories in beverages can sabotage even the healthiest of diets. Soda is not the only culprit, however.
Other seemingly healthy juices often have lots of sugar and calories as well. Try to avoid these drinks, and don’t forget that alcohol and coffee can also pack lots of calories. Green tea has been shown to offer a wealth of health benefits. If you’re not meeting your weight-loss goals, it might be that these hidden sources of calories are slipping by uncounted.
Being a yo-yo dieter is another problem. One of the most common things that many people do is treat weight loss as a “project,” something to focus on for a few weeks at a time. You wouldn’t take a bath once and think you were clean for the rest of your life! Similarly, a few weeks of healthy eating will not help you to maintain your weight for a lifetime.
You might start a diet, then quit before you’ve made any measurable progress because you are bored or feel deprived. Healthy weight loss is not often quick, and involves losing only a couple of pounds per week. Keeping a positive attitude and sticking with a healthy diet plan is key to losing weight.
Lifestyle change is part of successful eating and exercise. Avoid eating for comfort or emotional fulfillment. Changing the way you eat requires lifetime commitment; it means that you have to follow the plan for the long haul. Find an eating plan that is healthy, and that you can stick to. While your main goal might be to lose weight, you should also focus on being healthy.
Fad diets cannot give you both of those things. For that reason, you must carefully choose your eating plan. Remember that diets only work if you stick with it. The small steps you do can add up to big results over time. Going all out and following a strict diet that leaves you feeling hungry and deprived of all the foods you love is setting yourself up for failure. Go for a more balanced approach that includes healthy, whole foods most days.