Here’s the thing about diets – they suck. They suck for many reasons, which we’ll get to in a sec. But for those of you who have been on diets before (guilty), let’s take a walk down memory lane shall we?
You’re super excited to start this new diet that’s finally gonna help you shed those extra pounds and get “that body” you’ve always wanted. So you head to the grocery store and fill the cart with a few paychecks worth of food, special supplements, and whatever else it’s supposed to take to be successful at this diet. Day 1 might be a struggle, but you’re totally committed, so it’s not that bad. Day 2, “Oh hello headaches and hunger pangs? Do you intend to stick around for much longer? ‘Cause I’d really love the energy to do that amazing workout I was supposed to start yesterday.”
Five days in, not only are you hungry, but you’re legitimately HANGRY, kinda broke, and would give your right arm for a cheeseburger, slice of pizza, ice cream…whatever floats your boat. The next thing you know, you’ve given yourself permission to have a “cheat meal”, which turns into a “cheat day”, which eventually turns into, “I’ve got to get back on my diet.”
Hmm…wonder why that happened?
Why Dieting Doesn’t Work
If you’ve been on a diet before, think back to how you felt during the process. Chances are, not great, or else you’d still be on said diet. Most diets call for some form of calorie restriction, calorie counting, points tracking, undesirable food, or a combination of the sorts. Just how long do you think you can really keep all of that up?
Are you really gonna break out an app to track every bit of food you put into your mouth for the rest of your life? And it’s doubtful you’ll be able to carry on with those rigid calorie restrictions for an extended amount of time; which by the way, could have some negative implications on your metabolism and most likely put your body into fat storing mode versus fat burning mode.
A few things to ask yourself when choosing a diet:
- Is this diet really going to improve my health?
- Is this a diet that I can turn into a sustainable lifestyle change?
If the answer is no to both questions, than perhaps that diet isn’t the greatest choice. Choosing a “quick fix” solution might get you some initial results, but you know as well as I do that there’s a very high probability of those results not lasting, not to mention the potential damage to your body.
You Never Learn to Properly Nourish Your Body
The thing about following most diets is that they’re typically designed with a broad audience in mind. But everyone’s body is different, and some of us need more or less calories, protein, carbs, etc. for optimal health and to kick our bodies into the highly sought after fat burning mode. That 1200 calorie diet might work wonders for your friend, but might send your body into starvation mode with an onslaught of undesirable side effects.
The bottom line is, following a diet that’s not tailored specifically for you and your nutritional needs makes zero sense. And blindly following a diet plan means you never learn how to properly feed yourself in a way that offers optimal health AND the results that you desire.
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