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Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

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Does this sound familiar?

You hear about these wonderful fad diets that will guarantee weight-loss, so you try one, only to gain even more weight back once you’ve lost it? 

Don’t feel bad. You are not alone. Just because a diet works for one person, does not mean that it will work for you. Diets are destined to fail, and it should come as no surprise.

Here are the top 5 reasons that fad diets are doomed to fail:

People choose to use a diet to achieve a short-term goal. 

That goal is usually to lose weight before an upcoming event. Diets are perceived from the onset as a temporary action used to obtain an immediate result. Once that result is achieved, the diet is stopped and old eating habits return.  

The yo-yo diet or weight cycling.

As mentioned, many people go on diets, lose weight, and then gain weight, often more than they lost. And, for some reason, the cycle is repeated. To quote Albert Einstein:  “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This repeated failure can have negative effects on a person’s mental health and could result in an eating disorder.

Many diets are based on the premise of counting calories using a formula meant for the general population as opposed to the individual.

Everybody processes calories differently. This formula supports that caloric expenditure exceeds caloric intake and will therefore promote weight loss. It has become clear that this premise is no longer true. Every calorie is not created equal. Calories consumed from spinach or sweet potatoes are much more nutrient-dense than calories consumed from a processed, low-fat muffin. In addition, if you were to consume too few calories, your body goes into survival mode, slowing down the metabolism. You run the risk of your metabolism remaining sluggish once you start consuming more calories.

Before even starting a diet, people believe that they will be depriving themselves of foods they love.

Entering into a program with this mindset clearly does not support success. This constant experience of deprivation will bring on food cravings that will be difficult to ignore.

Diets do not address food cravings and how to handle them.

Everyone has cravings. Having the tools to help navigate through those cravings and reach for healthy food alternatives will help to eliminate them.

Unfortunately for many individuals, diets only offer a quick fix to a larger problem.  Learning which foods nourish the body and which don’t is the best approach to eating in order to obtain weight-loss and optimal health.

If you liked this article, check out The Top 4 Weight Loss Mistakes Women Make.

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As a certified health and weight loss coach, I help women who are stuck in food prison lose weight without the strict limitations of extreme dieting.

Years ago, my diet was a mess. Mindlessly snacking on cereal and chips, I was up 15 pounds and never stopped to consider what I was really putting in my body.

Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, which completely rocked my world. I went from mindless munching to obsessive & restrictive dieting... a lifestyle I had no hope of maintaining.

After being stuck in “food prison” for far too long, I finally discovered that balance, moderation and mindset are the keys to healthy weight and a thriving wellbeing. 

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