The Truth About Why Diets Don’t Work

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Ever notice that the first 3 letters in the word diet are D I E ?

That’s likely no coincidence. Most diets, while successful in the short term, often aren’t successful in the long run and they can be very detrimental to your physical and mental health.

For instance, have you ever tried a diet only to gain the weight back shortly after returning to your old eating habits? Have you ever felt ashamed and frustrated for gaining that weight back? Well then you’re not alone. It happens to 95% of people who diet.

Well, the truth is most diets aren’t meant for long term results. They’re set up for instant gratification and instant results. Often the makers of these diets often don’t care about your health or if you gain the weight back after you finish their program. Actually, they hope you will so you’ll return to their program or the latest and greatest next one they design.

Most diets aren’t healthy and they’re not meant to give you more than short term weight loss results. They are NOT designed to be a lifestyle change that you can do forever and there’s a reason for that…It’s because they are downright detrimental to your health! Additionally, many of them aren’t sustainable for more than a few days or a few weeks, so staying on them for any period of time is usually a joke.

So although diets may work temporarily, wouldn’t you rather define weight loss success as long lasting rather than something that only lasts for a few weeks or months?

The truth is diets set you up for long term failure (like not just gaining the weight back but actually gaining MORE weight back).

And it’s not your fault! We’ve been taught that diets are the way to successfully lose weight and even to be healthy. I talked about my big dieting mistake and how mislead I was in my last blog post.

We’re bombarded daily with diet ads and diet trends. And that’s all they are is trends…because really they just aren’t sustainable.

Think about this…

If diets are so successful in keeping weight off, why is there always a new one popping up?

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Could it be that they really DON’T work?! I think so…

Even just the word “DIET”sucks!

“Diet” is a tricky word. Diet can simply mean what you eat, but for many of us it’s associated with crash diets or fad diets. Words like restriction, deprivation, hard to follow, and low calorie come to mind. It triggers negative thoughts and negative emotions. It’s a very unpleasant word to even think about.

I’m here to tell you that you DO NOT have to diet to lose weight and actually I’d rather you didn’t. I’d rather you throw the word “diet” away forever. I stopped dieting and I feel freer and happier, and I’ve even stopped yo-yo-ing!

Here’s why you should stop dieting for good:

Diets lower your metabolism.

Most diets have you barely eating enough calories for your body to even function properly so it has to find a way to conserve that energy. So what happens? Your body starts to burn off muscle mass. Muscle mass is very metabolically active, so it’s the first place your body will eliminate to conserve needed energy.

So initially you’ll lose weight – maybe a little bit of fat, some water, but also a lot of muscle. So success right? Wrong!

When you return back to your regular eating style or even a healthy eating style with MORE calories your body will see that as a surplus and you’ll gain weight back. And on top of that the amount of calories that previously could maintain your weight is now a surplus! So you may go back to a style of eating that allowed you maintain your weight, but now you can expect to actually gain weight from it!

And doing this over and over doesn’t only continue to lower your metabolism but also imbalances many hormones that are important for weight loss and health.

So my recommendation is to avoid low calorie diets at all costs! They are detrimental to your metabolism, goals, and even your health. And do you really want to walk around hungry all the time? Skip those 800 or 1200 calorie diets and instead just make an effort to lower your calories slightly.

Instead, try reducing calories to 15-20% of your maintenance level at most if you want to keep your metabolism high or just take steps to eat healthier and make better choices without counting calories.

Diets are too restrictive and not sustainable.

Have you ever binged the day before a diet because you knew you’d have to give up all the foods you love the next day? Yeah that’s very common and I’ve been known to do that myself in the past…many times!

And it doesn’t end there. Have you ever binged during a diet or after being on a diet? Yup so have I, and this all leads back to deprivation and restriction.

When you deprive your body, especially of foods that it needs, you’re not only going to have a hard time sticking to the diet, but you’re also going to end up having killer cravings. Your body is screaming to get the nutrients and calories it needs! And you should listen.

Now I’m not saying you should just eat whatever you want whenever you feel like it, but instead come up with a healthy eating style that works for you and still allows you to have the occasionally treat and eat the foods your body needs. Choose a style of eating that you can do for the LONG run so that you can lose the weight and keep it off. It’s not a diet, but rather a lifestyle of healthy eating that allows you to indulge in foods you love.

Diets kill your spirit and leave you feeling guilty and ashamed.

If you’ve even fallen of a diet then you know the feelings of guilt and shame that come along with not following through. These negative feelings lead you to question yourself:

“Do I have what it takes?”

“Is there something wrong with me?”

“Will I ever get out of this uncomfortable, overweight body?”

First, let me tell you that YES YOU CAN! You can reach your ideal body weight, feel confident again, and enjoy life!

The strict rules of dieting are nearly impossible for ANYONE to follow for any length of time. They aren’t realistic or practical and often don’t take into consideration your situation. I’m here to tell you that it is possible to enjoy foods you love and still lose weight. It is possible to reach your goals.

Now I’m not saying it’ll be easy or it’ll happen overnight, but with persistence and guidance you have what it takes inside you.

So, if you want to get the weight off and keep it off, try something new. Forget dieting and instead try focusing on creating healthy habits that will give you the long term results you desire. Focus on making changes that are sustainable and long-lasting, not short term, difficult to follow, overwhelming, and frustrating.

So if you’re tired of struggling and hopping from diet to diet and are ready for lasting weight loss results and creating a healthy lifestyle that is automatic then be sure to click here and fill out this application for my upcoming 60 Days To Your Best Body Program.

We’ll get together for a one-on-one phone call to see what may be standing in your way of reaching the body you want, and how I can help you move forward at lighting speed!

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  1. Nakia says

    Ugh! I hate diets too! I used to try every diet that TV came up with and gained more than what I lost when I quickly gave up!

    I learned that my eating habits had to be for life to start really losing weight. Diets never worked for me!

    • Becky Fox says

      Thanks for sharing Nakia! Lifestyle is so important. Diets are out, lifestyle is in. Keep up the good work!

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