Why Diets Don’t Work

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Body image, Food and Nutrition, Health Tips | 0 comments

Why Diets Don’t Work

Did you know that nearly all dieters (95%) can expect to regain two-thirds of their lost weight within a year of completing their diet plan? These dieters can also expect to regain all of their weight, and possibly more, within 5 years.

Diets are a billion-dollar industry; companies spend millions and millions luring you to try the latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution—your shortcut to a thinner body. Advertising efforts also deeply affect our children, who develop distorted body images and are often on diets as early as nine or 10 years of age.

Our culture touts diet pills, celebrity workouts, convenience foods and trendy diets to help us achieve our desired weight, but these quick-fix solutions have backfired. America’s population has reached its highest weight in history. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly two-thirds of all American adults are overweight and 34% of Americans are clinically obese.

Diets steer us away from our common sense and dip deeply into our pocketbooks while eliciting few, if any, lasting results. Why?

Too General

Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone?

Too Extreme

Diets don’t work because they are extreme solutions. As in physics, if a pendulum swings to one extreme, it has to swing equally to the other. A diet might work for a short amount of time, but research shows that almost all diets result in a 10-pound gain once off the diet.

Too Restrictive

Diets don’t work because they are too restrictive. People who fail on diet plans are not flawed or weak. Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body.

 Too Narrow

Diets don’t work because they don’t consider the emotional or spiritual needs of the client. Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight and see diet as the only culprit. For example, ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances and overeating.

If diets don’t work what are we to do? I know first hand the frustration and the deep agony of wanting to be a different size. I have struggled with “my weight issue” for all of my life (literally).

As a holistic health counselor my goal is not only to teach people healthy food choices and habits that last a lifetime, but also to empower people to break free from emotional eating and truly accept who they are.

Stay Tuned for next week’s blog when I discuss how to lose weight without dieting.



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