Why Fad Diets Don't Work

Statistics show us that obesity is a major public health issue in Australia with over 60% of the population over the age of 15 considered overweight or obese. Should one of those individuals be able to lose the weight, roughly 95% of those actually put it back on and then some. Why?

A fad diet is a stylish weight-loss plan that promises dramatic results. Typically, these diets are not healthy and do not result in long-term weight loss. In fact, some diets can be dangerous to your health. However, most of these diets are not concerned with long-term weight loss – because if they were, we would not have a 33-billion-dollar diet industry. They would do their job and we would move on.
Companies that promote fad diets take advantage of this fact. They appeal to people by manipulating you and promising weight loss that is quick and easy. Many people prefer to try the quick fix of a fad diet instead of making the effort to lose weight through long-term changes in their eating and exercise habits.
You weren’t born overweight or heavy boned. It isn’t carbs making you fat. It isn’t meat, sugar or fat. It is in fact, too many calories. 
Weight loss, maintenance and weight gain are all based upon an energy equation. Calories in verses calories out. Calories we consume that do not get burned off in a day get stored as fat. No matter how healthy their source. That is why fad diets can work for a few weeks, overall, you eat less. However once you stop the diet, and start eating more, you gain the weight again.
So, the question we need to answer is, with so many different diets, and so many differing approaches, and so many experts and books — why are we not losing weight?
While it is easy to blame this on the endless string of fad diets that leave your body far worse off than before they were begun, they aren’t responsible for the root of the problem. First, we must accept that weight gain isn’t a physical problem, it’s a psychological one, that manifests in a physical condition. Until you address the issues behind why you overeat, no diet will work. 
Talk to your doctor if you want to lose weight. You can also see a nutritionist, a dietitian, or a personal trainer to help you create a weight loss plan that is safe and effective for your goals and needs.

Some tips that apply to any healthy weight loss plans include:
  • Try to watch your portion sizes. Make most of your plate (1/2) of colourful veggies, 1/4 of lean protein and a 1/4 of your plate of whole-grains.
  • Do not skip meals. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. 
  • Eat a variety of foods. Think lots of colours on your plate for every meal.  
  • Cut back on processed foods. They are packed with chemicals, preservatives, fake flavours, fats, artificial colours and artificial sweeteners. Do your best to consume all macro nutrients in their most whole form (quality proteins, fats and carbohydrates). 
  • Go organic when possible to avoid pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. 
  • Exercise on a regular basis, even if its 10 minutes a day.  
  • Limit liquid calories by avoiding soft drinks and alcohol. 

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