6 reasons why diets don't work
Updated: Feb 13
It is a new year.
One thing that seems to have appeal during the time of making resolutions, is to go on a diet (or another diet).
Diets don't work for long term weight loss.
95% of dieters regain their lost weight in one to five years.
Here are reasons why diets don't work
1. It requires super human strength to stay on a diet
It is just a lot of work to focus on avoiding your "restricted" foods and to only eat your allowed foods.
You are constantly thinking about food. What you can eat. And what you shouldn't eat.
2. Dieting creates cravings
You end up focusing on the foods you "can't have."
3. Diets create "good" and "bad" foods
4. Diets create feelings of deprivation
5. Diets lead you to judge yourself
6. Your body doesn't cooperate with restriction of calories
When you start restricting and reducing calories, your body will decrease it's metabolism and it becomes more difficult to lose weight.
Instead of dieting....
To eat food for nourishment to meet your body's physical needs
It is better to follow your body's hunger and satisfaction cues for what to eat and how much to eat. To give yourself permission to eat when you are hungry and to notice when you are full.
You will be able to eat the food you enjoy without guilt
This way of eating is called mindful/intuitive eating.