Why Diets Continuously Fail You.
It’s inevitable. Fad diets will always be around as long as people are overweight and unhappy with themselves. Now, for those of you who are not exactly familiar with the phrase “fad diet”, but have now gained a sudden curiosity behind its meaning; a fad diet is a specific diet that comes around and presents itself as the holy grail of weight loss solutions. It’s advertised as the answer to all of our weight loss prayers. It’s what we have all been missing for years and will undoubtedly be the end-all of each and every fat fighter’s agony. Fad diets are diet trends, sworn to be the number one answer for dropping pounds in record time. Atkins, South Beach, Nutri System, Zone and even the “Cottage Cheese Diet” are just a few of the biggest “answered prayers” in the fad diet world.
You may be reading this and thinking, “Gosh, she sure does seem to have quite the sour taste in her mouth for these diets.” Well, you’re absolutely right, my friend! The reason why I, as a personal trainer and advocate for healthy lifestyles, don’t promote or support fad diets is pretty simple: THEY DO NOT WORK! Now, for those of you saying, “That’s not true! I lost 5lbs on my diet,” let me explain. If fad diets were the answer to all of the world’s weight loss problems, the gyms would not be in business anymore and I would be out of a job because my profession (along with many others) would have become extinct.
The average dieter will gain back 1.5-2 pounds a week after going off of their diet plan. An even more unfortunate statistic is that 65% of dieters quit their weight loss regimens within only a year of participation; while only 5% of dieters will keep their weight off permanently. For those of you on a diet, you’re probably thinking one of two things. You’re thinking, “Wow, those are some really discouraging statistics.” Or, “that’s not going to be me. No way! I am too dedicated.” I am not here to tell you that you won’t be part of the 5%. I am merely here to tell you that if you find yourself part of that 65%, there is a good reason. That reason? Diets don’t work because they aren’t a long term lifestyle alteration. However, they are one of the many advertised “quick fixes” everyone is looking for. This quick fix is just a scam that the health food industry uses to prey on those that they see as lazy, weak and vulnerable. By eating off of their list of diet plan approved, prepackaged foods, you are restricted and limited. When you become limited you become impatient and decide to give up. Those 8-10 pounds you lost by just eating their food for a few months, will come back in double the time it took you to lose them in the first place. Yikes. Talk about discouraging.
Dieting is not a way of life. Lifestyle change, however, is. Make continuous healthy choices throughout your days and you are bound to be successful while looking and feeling your best. Remember, if you can’t see yourself doing something continuously, every day, for the rest of your life, then it’s probably not going to give you your desired long term results.