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Why diets don’t work

In the midst of completing my first version of my healthy eating plans, I am reluctant to call them diets, as that does not embody what they actually are.

A diet in the broader sense, has an end point. It will yield a short-term result, which makes you feel great, but when you can no longer sustain it, you will feel like you failed.

And you were set up to fail from the start, because anything done to a certain extreme is unlikely to be maintained. Consistency breeds results, so six, eight or twelve weeks does not create a consistent routine.

Your body is a pretty intelligent entity and has a “set-point.” This is a place where your body will dwell comfortably under instruction from your food and calorie consumption. When you are at a set point, this means your body will naturally try to keep you there. This set point cannot be moved quickly. If you go on a diet, then you will likely shift some weight during that period, but most of the time, once that diet is no longer being followed, the weight will return to where it sat prior to commencing the diet.

And the set-point is the reason for this.

Of-course this set point can be recalibrated to a more desirable number, but it has to be done gradually, with care to maintain consistency.

I’ve heard many people say to me “My weight has gradually increased at a rate of one kilogram per year for the last ten years.” This is also a processing of resetting your set point gradually. Because the incline is incrementally small, it is often not concerning until brining it back down to where you want it has become more of an effort.

Hollywood movie stars will often lose or gain large amounts of weight for a role, only to be back to normal within a couple of months, with little detriment to their original start weight. Again, this is reflection of their set point not being very affected by a short-term situation.

Yo-yoing with our diets wreaks havoc on our precious metabolisms too.

When you decide to reduce calories or strictly macro control, you send signals to the brain to slow metabolism to conserve energy. Basically, your environment is telling our brain that there’s a famine and you have to keep yourself alive, meaning when you exercise you will output less energy. Eventually, if you prolong under-going calorie restricted diets, your body will adjust to the calorie deficit, making your Basal metabolic rate (BMR) drop and further stopping your future success. When you start increasing your calories again, your body is now being told that the famine is over and to collect, store and keep as much of it as it can. Usually in the way of body fat.

Each time you go back into a diet, your metabolism will cop a beating and learn to store fat in times of abundance.

Low carb, high fat diets, also known as keto, are currently all the hype because they work so effectively for fat loss. What they fail to do though, is be sustainable for most people. Honestly, have you ever tried living off 50-80g of carbs per day? Considering that most vegetables are super high in carbs, you’d already be done with your daily portion in one meal and drop your fiber and nutrient intake significantly.

No disagreement from my end in eliminating the following carbohydrates:

Simple starches – white bread, pastas etc

Sugar – lollies, cakes, biscuits

Soft drinks and energy drinks

Alcohol

Because these all do some pretty messed up things to your insulin levels and can lead to excess belly fat and becoming pre-diabetic. But limiting your intake of any veggies because they have a higher carbohydrate percentage is outrageous to me. They are more often than not packed with essential vitamins and minerals, plus fiber, that our body is going to gobble up as a resource.

Juicing diets are ridiculous. They are laden with sugars and just obliterate your insulin (blood sugar). Not to mention all that acid in your gut. Just stop that shit.

While its not trendy to disagree with veganism, I do suggest exercising caution when choosing it as a dietary lifestyle. It is extremely easy to over consume carbohydrates and diminish your protein ratios, again leading to fatigue, hormonal imbalance, insulin resistance and a multitude of vitamin deficiencies. When choosing to eliminate all animal sources of food from your diet, it needs to be done with care and I would go as far to say under the guidance of a qualified professional when starting out.

And as for skinny teas or cleansing drinks, a fancy way for saying makes you poop a lot, I feel embarrassed to even have to explain this. Food should be in the gut being broken down and digested for several hours (varies from person to person) before being shot out the other end. This is so the stomach and intestines have time to utilize the nutrition content provided, before eliminating the stuff you don’t need. Essentially using laxatives to remove your food quicker is making you malnourished. Your body is starving, even though you’re eating, because you’re not giving it enough time to go through its complex process of digestion. Its not worth doing this to lose a few kilograms.

I like to remind people that being able to choose what you do and do not eat is a privilege that’s taken for granted every day. Given that amazing blessing, I think it’s never been more important to respect that we have a choice to feed and nourish our bodies with good, wholesome foods.

Diets don’t work, because they are a quick fix. And to reiterate, our bodies are far too clever to be tricked into a quick reset. The eating plans I have designed are not called diets, because they are engineered to educate and be sustainable for anyone who’s willing to adopt a healthy approach to life. I see no point in giving someone a short cut when I can give them a lifestyle.

2018-12-13T02:47:55+00:00

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