1. Diets can make you fatter:
Research shows that most diets simply do not work. A study published in the British Medical Journal looked at 14 popular diets and found that NONE – I repeat, NONE of them produced weight-loss results that were measurable after one year.
What’s worse, dieting may actually lead to weight gain in the long term. When we diet, our bodies do not know that we’re dieting, instead it thinks we’re starving. The constant mode of starvation, as the result of dieting, causes the metabolism to slow down as the body seeks to protect itself and conserve energy, meaning two things:
- A starving body burns a lot less calories than a well-fed body.
- When we do eat again, our metabolism has a hard time cranking back up again. The result – weight gain.
2. Diets Make You Feel Bad about Yourself
Starting a new diet can feel good. The energy, the focus and the excitement of the possibility of a new, slimmer and better you. Sound familiar? Then you probably know that this honeymoon period doesn’t last. We fall off the wagon because of the misery we have forced upon ourselves.
Very quickly fatigue and frustration with the lack of food choices sets in. You end up missing social events and dinner with friends just so you can stay on track and not put yourself in a position to fail. You end up feeling depressed, isolated, hungry and cranky. So, you ditch your well intentioned plan and end up beating yourself up over it, blaming your lack of willpower.
The truth is, it’s not your fault. The system is rigged and not in your favour. The diet industry wants you to fail so that they can make more money off you, which is why you’ve been on that hamster wheel of deprivation for so long.
3. Diets are Bad for Your Health:
Maintaining a healthy weight is always a good idea; however, the way we go about doing that is often, at times, super unhealthy. Eliminating entire food groups from your diet is unhealthy. Living on nothing but processed protein bars, shakes and detox teas is unhealthy. Starving yourself until your metabolism slows down and your hair begins to thin out is unhealthy. Over-exercising until you’re so fatigued that you can’t function is unhealthy.
Your body is made for a variety of foods; you need fats, carbs and protein to thrive. Starving your body and cutting off its supply of nutrient-rich foods is not going to help you lose weight and it is most certainly not going to make you healthy. It will only make you sick, stressed, depressed and miserable.
4. Most Diets Focus on Calories:
Calories are not the be all and end all of weight loss. In fact, through my weight loss journey, I learned that it was more important to reduce the chemicals I was consuming rather than the calories. If you drink a SlimFast and then eat a packet of low-calorie crisps, you’re not being healthy. You’re literally destroying your body.
While not eating too much is key for weight loss, the quality and variety of the food that you eat is imperative. Chemically laden, heavily processed food is often devoid of nutrients and will leave you permanently hungry and craving more.
5. Diets Make you Feel Deprived:
When we are told we can’t eat something, we want to eat it even more – it’s psychological. Constant deprivation and hunger, whether it’s because you’re not eating enough, or not eating enough of the right foods, ultimately leads to binge eating. If you’re constantly trying really, really hard not to do something, it is unsustainable and will lead to failure.