Need to Lose Weight?
7 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work
Unlike many folks who write about diets and whether they work or not, I actually have first -hand experience with dieting and a variety of diet plans as I’ve been on most of them. I said to myself, “I need to lose weight now”.
I’m amazed and disgruntled with all the different plans on the market all designed to take our money knowing full well that for the majority of those embarking on the latest and greatest weight loss program, most will have short term success and long term failure. As a rule, diets don’t work.
The weight loss business is a multi-billion dollar industry. Ask yourself this question. If diets worked, why is there an industry based on them? If they worked, wouldn’t there never be a need for them anymore. One would do….that’s all. Anyone with a problem could go on it and voila….we would all be thin and stay that way.
The truth is out there people. Diets don’t work and that’s why there are so many.
Here’s Why Diets Don’t Work:
- Short-term loss and long-term gain. Statistically it has been proven that 90% of people who diet gain all the weight back and even gain even more weight after five years.I can confirm this personally as I have lost and re-gained every pound several times in the course of my lifetime.
- Remaining on a diet forever is an impossibility. It can’t be sustained. The reason being is that they are highly restricted and limiting and lead to some sort of food obsession. When this happens, we binge and then start the good and bad day cycle.When we break the diet we feel guilty, inadequate and like a failure and have problems with body image. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
- Diets are marketed as a quick fix. You can lose 10 pounds in 10 days! Hurry; get into that dress for your wedding or the swimsuit for summer. They fail to tell you that it’s water weight you lose for the most part and the weight will come back on just as quickly as it was shed.
- Diets treat all calories the same and they are not. There are good calories and not so good calories. The body uses these calories in different ways.
- Diets are about will-power. What a load of hogwash. Any overweight person who has been on one diet or another has amazing will-power. It’s very difficult to remain focused on eating lettuce and green beans when your friends are thin and eating pizza and spaghetti. Then only to discover that not only have you not lost anything, but may have even gained half a pound!
- Diets can lead to an obsession with food. As soon as someone tells you that you can’t have something, suddenly you want it. You fantasize about it, can’t wait to get off this bloody diet so you can enjoy this food again.
- Diets ignore the fact that our body weight is determined by much more than caloric intake and exercise. There are many reasons why a person is fat than simply their eating habits. Until these are addressed, permanent weight loss will remain elusive.
- How many people do you know who could stay on a 700 calorie diet for the rest of their lives? Your body is literally starving and recognizes this so once you start eating normally again….on the pounds go again as the body works very hard to protect itself against further starvation.
You know how hard you work to get those pounds off and so if you go out to eat and decide to have a potato everyone stares at you…judging you by what you put in your mouth. So again, here come the feelings of inadequacy and failure.
I have felt the judgement of others my whole life (since age 5) for being overweight. As I mentioned early on in this article I have been on just about every diet on the planet. They were all successful in the short term, but not overtime. You might assume that the cupboard is full of garbage food like potato chips and cookies, and you would be very wrong.
I have a healthy kitchen and never buy fast food. I haven’t bought fast food in 20 years. Yet, in spite of this, the weight has all returned.
Then, one day I had an epiphany.
I remember reading once that the definition of insanity “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
If that’s true, I’ve been insane for years. If dieting over and over again brought the same results…weight coming back again and again….why torture myself and continue to diet?
What’s the point? So, I decided then and there that I would never diet again.
What’s interesting is that once I made that decision, I felt relief but fear as well. It’s not easy getting your head out of the diet mentality.
There’s another saying that the Buddhists have” When the student is ready the teacher will come”. I was ready and my teacher came….
If you need to lose weight now, then have a look at some of the programs I’m including on this website and see what you feel may work for you. Remember that there is no quick fix but there are strategies and methods that may resonate with you more than others. I wish you every success if you need to lose weight now.