Why Diets Don’t Work

Dieting is incredibly unhealthy and always leads to disappointment. People choose to diet for various reasons ranging from personal body image to trying to impress others. Smart people don’t go on diets. They choose to lead a healthy, active lifestyle with a well-balanced diet spanning all the major food groups. People also have a tough […]

Health Nutrition Brian Webb

This article was published on July 27th, 2013

Why Diets Don't WorkDieting is incredibly unhealthy and always leads to disappointment. People choose to diet for various reasons ranging from personal body image to trying to impress others. Smart people don’t go on diets. They choose to lead a healthy, active lifestyle with a well-balanced diet spanning all the major food groups.

People also have a tough time sticking to a diet. It’s a big commitment and long-term usually isn’t sustainable. Most diets people go on are very restrictive, are expensive, too inconvenient to maintain, and are just unrealistic. These are the main reasons why people give up on dieting so quickly. Long term, some diets don’t provide the body with the fuel it needs to survive and can lead to deficiencies and other health-related issued.

The body also needs fat to help with digestion. Most diets exclude fats. Fats slow down the digestive system, which also makes you feel fuller, longer. The faster food digests, the more you will want to eat. Other diets that are based on low-carb are unhealthy because they leave the body feeling fatigued and will make you feel moody and irritable. Carbs also help control the nervous system and provide short-term energy.

Low calorie diets force the body to run on minimal fuel. It also means that the body cannot heal as fast from injuries or from colds or infections. The body also begins to shut down as it tries to conserve energy. This leads to increased fatigue and sleep. The body will also quickly begin to store as much fat as possible because it notices the decrease in fuel, which is the opposite effect dieters are trying to achieve.

It’s better to eat a well rounded diet to fuel the body for the activities in front of you. Always make healthy eating choices and eat in moderation. It’s ok to have a doughnut once in a while, just don’t do it every day. Stick to a balance of fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins, and grains and you’ll be in more successful in managing your weight both short an

Try these tips to successfully manage your weight:

  • Commit to eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Control calories to avoid weight gain and reduce unwanted pounds
  • Eat whole grains
  • Increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables to 5-9 servings per day
  • Make sure you consume healthy fats in moderation
  • Choose protein and dairy based on fat content
  • Avoid the urge of late-night snacking; if you do, choose a healthy snack option like bananas or a protein shake.
  • Drink lower-calorie drinks like club soda with fresh squeezed lime instead of a high-calorie pop
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