Why diets don’t work?
It seems like almost every week, another fad diet is announced in the current favourite glossy magazines and newspapers but with almost a quarter of adults (24% of men and 25% of women aged 16 or over) in England were classified as obese it is safe to say that diets don’t work. Although they can offer short term success rates, in the long-run, diets do not help people to lose weight effectively, here’s why:
Diets Are Difficult
No-one likes a strict regime, least of all when it comes to meal times and what we eat. Often the problem eating has arisen out of convenience in the first place. After a hard day’s work, we often reach for the easiest and quickest meal to prepare without a second thought to the nutritional value. It takes will power to diet, and this may change with each day and depending on how we feel emotionally. It can be difficult to maintain the willpower needed to diet.
Diets can leave us hungry, irritable and craving the foods we are depriving ourselves of. When we are hungry it can be hard to focus and stay calm. Diets can leave us feeling miserable.
Diet Hit And Run
Once we have made a little bit of progress, we can often fall into the trap of regressing back to our old ways. Eating what we want for a day, with the intention of ‘starting over’ the next day. It usually doesn’t happen and dieters can find themselves jumping from one failed diet to another, in an eternal search for the one that works.
Emotional Aspects Not Confronted
Eating habits are often closely related to underlying emotional aspects. We can eat for a variety of reasons linked to our emotions, when we feel depressed, stressed, anxious, when self-esteem is low, as substitute for other cravings or when we are angry. Diets don’t address the psychology of why we over-eat, or have poor diets in the first place.
Dieters Don’t Change Bad Habits
When people diet, they are often looking for a quick fix solution. Rarely are dieters interested in changing the bad habits that made them feel the need to diet. The reasons for being overweight are often to do with the way we eat, or the types of food we are eating regularly. Eating well for a short period of time may help with weight-loss, however, unless we change our bad habits, we are unlikely to keep the weight off. The key to losing weight is, adopting a healthy lifestyle, not just for a little while, but for life!
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