Why fad diets are waste of time?
Let me guess. You want to lose weight, right? If so, then you have something in common with the majority of the population. For a while ago, I read an article that said that ‘We live in a society consumed by the idea of weight loss. It’s been a cultural obsession for a long time…An average woman spends 31 years of her life dieting.’ Quite crazy or what?! This article stayed on my mind for several days and I wanted to share my thoughts with you about dieting and especially about fad diets.
First of all, fad diets don’t work over the long-term. Yes, most of them will lead to a fast, short-term weight loss and you feel great and successful at that very moment. But have you been able to stay on these diets, that restrict a lot, for a long time? And if you did manage to lose weight, did that lost weight stay off once you went back to your usual way of eating?
This is how fad diet normally goes: You start on Monday, because new week, new life, you know. First couple of days are easy because of all that excitement. But at the end of the week you feel super frustrated, tired and displeased as your new diet doesn’t allow you to eat “normal” food or things you’re used to, and probably you’ve cut calories dramatically compared to past. If you are eating in a different way than the rest of your family, the struggle will be even more real. The majority of these diets are so impractical and restrictive that two out of five dieters give up at this point. One out of five people are determined to sustain this fad diet for a month, and about the same number make it to the three-month mark. Only a few people will stay completely dedicated for longer than this.
And all this battle and suffering for what? Yes, you might have lost a little bit of weight (or a lot, if your weight at first point was higher), but various sources say that 95% of people will have regained all the weight they’ve lost when dieting too fast or in a wrong way within two to five years. Also, you may have slowed down and mixed your metabolism and natural hormones (causing you to gain weight after a fad diet when you return to a normal, healthier eating habits). Your immune system may also have impaired, which means that you get sick more easily. And how about your mood? Maybe you don’t even want to ask how lovable person you have been during that fad diet from the people around you…
So, I think you got my point; fad diets suck! I of course encourage people suffering from overweight to lose weight, but in a reasonable and smart way and with time. Your body needs a healthy diet (right balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fat as well as a bunch of other nutrients) to develop properly. Lacking certain nutrients in a long run, may cause several health problems and I’m sure that it’s not your goal. I suggest you not to count calories, count nutrients instead if you insist to count something and stick to regular meal times. To keep that extra weight off permanently, it’s best to lose weight slowly!
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