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Why Diets are Bad for Your Health

Here at the Nutrition Coach we don’t do diets, for the simple reason that for the vast amount of the population they just don’t work & could actually be detrimental to your health. We all know the drill – you discover the new fad that everyone is raving about, you buy the book or swot up online, you clean out the cupboards and stock up on ……………. [insert as appropriate: cabbage / meal replacement shakes / high protein foods / low-fat yogurts], you have every good intention of seeing it through to the end. This time you’re going to fit into that little black dress, or tone up that beer belly. If you’re lucky and can push past day five you may even get some good results. But how long are those results going to last? A year, a month, a week? Studies have proven that it’s usually not for life, quite the opposite actually.

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), reviewed 31 long-term studies lasting between 2 to 5 years. Their findings showed that a very small minority of study participants managed to sustain weight loss, while the majority put all the weight back on, with the addition of more weight gain in the long term. Their conclusion was that diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people & it would have been better for most of them if they did not go on a diet at all. This way their weight may have remained more stable in the long-term and their body would not have suffered the wear and tear of losing weight then regaining.

For most people the word DIET conjures up another key word – FAILURE, so of course it’s doomed from the word go. People embarking on a diet, already have an expectation as to how it’s going to go – not well – this is often based on their past experience, but also the general collective consciousness that this is how diets go. The reason diets don’t work is simple – it’s a diet, NOT a healthy, sustainable lifestyle change.

In our clinical experience people are sick & tired of dieting, quite literally, and are ready for a fresh approach to the whole topic of weight loss. The key to healthy, life-long weight loss with a side helping of vibrant overall health, is to not go on a diet at all, but to take on your eating habits one step at a time. You can’t expect yourself to change unhealthy habits over night, even though this is exactly what a diet demands of you. Baby steps are key, have a look at your food choices today and choose one thing that you’re going to work on to form a new healthy eating habit around. For example, swap that chocolate bar in the afternoon for a juicy pear and a handful of hazelnuts. Then once you have mastered this take on another healthy food challenge that you can get your teeth into. With this strategy you’re basically reprogramming brain patterns with new habits around food and before you know it you’ll be reaping the benefits and will never look back.

 

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