Why Diets Don't Work!

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

The Zone Diet, South Beach Diet, Atkins, Paleo (Ketogenic Diet), Eat Right For Your Blood Type, The Metabolic Diet, etc, etc. Why are we so obsessed with diets? Did you know that the diet industry is an 80 billion dollar industry? This was sometime in 2016. Which ends up failing 98% of those who embark on this slippery slope of fastidiously counting calories, watching their macro consumption, choosing fat-free options, eating boring tasteless ready meals full of additives and deprivation.

More and more people are choosing lifestyle over diet nowadays. However, there are still a significant number of people who still want to follow a particular diet for weight loss, increased energy, better libido, slow down ageing and more.
We need to take a brief look back at history to understand why many may be fixated on this idea that dieting is a good thing. This goes as far back as (according to the author of Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2000 Years, Louise Foxcroft), the 3rd century BC. The Greek word "diatia" meant to live in a dutiful, moderate and sensible way which had no specific reference to food. According to Foxcroft (2011), followers of Hippocrates, the Greek physician, were "recommended a diet light and emollient foods, slow running, hard work, wrestling, sea-water enemas, walking about naked and vomiting after lunch. They believe that being fat was morally and physically detrimental, the result of luxury and corruption, so food and living should be plain, with nothing to unduly stir the passions or arouse the appetites. This was the first documented diet or 'diatia' ".
There are more historic mentions of diet after the ancient Greeks, in 1087, when it is said that William the Conqueror became too heavy for his horse and decide to stop eating solid food and partake in a "liquid diet' of alcohol in an attempt to lose weight. Whether this fact is historically true of not, it was the first recorded instance of an individual changing their eating habits in an effort to lose weight.
So why don't diets work? Or maybe we should ask, why don't diets works for long?
The answer is fairly simple. Because it is restrictive and impractical. Many diets will work in the beginning, however, due to their impractical nature of restricting certain foods, replacing certain meals with a boring commercial meal replacement, calorie counting, measuring macros, and not to mention the psychological guilt when one accidentally consumes something they aren't supposed to, diets will fall by the wayside. When this happens, the majority will actually end up putting on the weight they lost and more, very quickly. Then the vicious cycle begins again, with starting a new diet.
What are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to lose weight without restricting how much we eat?
The answer is simple. Eat real food. Real, unprocessed food that is as close to its natural state as possible. By eating this way, we can eat as much as we want without feeling guilty and lose weight at the same time.
But what about calories, you may ask? Don't forget the previous article I shared and how calories were 'born', so to speak. We have become so obsessed with calories, that we have forgotten to look at the nutritional value of the food instead. Many will pick up a pack of processed food and look at the nutrition label to see how many calories the product has, how much fat, sugar, etc. Instead of looking at the ingredients list to see what the product is actually made of or opting to eat some fruit or nuts. As a result of this calorie mania, many of us are actually nutrient deficient.
I hear you say, "But I take supplements daily. How can I be deficient?" I will touch on this in a later blog, but I will say that the vast majority of supplements are synthetic and are not in a form that is readily bio-available for our bodies. So it ends up in the toilet. Ever wonder why your urine is so yellow after you consume the standard supplements?
You must be pulling your hair out by now, thinking "How am I supposed to lose weight if I don't go on a diet?'
The solution is not to diet. By incorporating eating real food in your daily lives, it becomes part of your lifestyle, hence a habit. Eating food that is unadulterated, will allow you to eat without worrying about calories and the weight will fall away. Of course, one needs to incorporate some amount of physical activity as well.
Life is short enough as it is. Why should we waste it on depriving ourselves of life-giving, energetic foods than can enhance our health, improve our mind (helps with mood) and prevent lifestyle related diseases?
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