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Why Your Next Diet Will Fail



Why Your Next Diet Will Fail

You hear about this wonderful new diet that will guarantee weight-loss, so you try it, only to gain even more weight back once you’ve lost it?

Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. Just because a diet works for one person, doesn’t mean that it will work for you. “Diets” are destined to fail, and it should come as no surprise. After all, the word “die” is within the word “diet.” That should be your first sign. You want to live your life.

Here are the top 5 reasons that 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. Like I said, 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’s the formula touted by every health institute and government organization.

It has become clear that this premise is no longer true. If it was that simple, everyone would be thin and healthy by now.

Every calorie is not created equal. Calories consumed from spinach or sweet potatoes are much more nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory 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 doesn’t support success.

This constant experience of deprivation will bring on food cravings that will be difficult to ignore.

This brings me to the last reason why diets don’t work. They don’t 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 is the first step to 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 LONG TERM weight-loss and optimal health.

Getting well and rebalancing your body is a journey.

Don’t let anyone convince you that you can do it in 2 weeks, 17 days, 28 days or whatever.

When there is an imbalance in your body–indigestion, weight gain, high blood pressure, constipation, migraines, acne, ulcerative colitis, hypothyroid, fatigue, you name it–it didn’t happen overnight, or in the past few weeks or even the past few years.

Chances are it’s been slowly building since you were a child.

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Dana Dinnawi

Dana Dinnawi is an Integrative Nutrition health coach specializing in empowering women to improve their health and family life. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. She can be reached through her website and Facebook page.

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