Why Diets Don't Work, and What Does

Why Diets Don’t Work, and What Does Work

 

Diets Don’t Work

Most people who diet gain their weight back. And the weight fluctuation created by yo-yo dieting is actually worse for your health than just staying overweight! One reason for this is because when dieting, you confuse your body.  Dieting helps your body think that there is a scarcity of food.  Your body is really smart, and does things pretty automatic, so when it thinks that food is scarce, it prepares itself for the situation.  In order to do this, it stores fat, so that when the food is gone you will not immediately starve.  Fat cells tend to produce more fat, and so the cycle begins.

This process also causes your hormones and to not work properly, and hormones themselves can produce fat when they are not working correctly.  Another issue is that by dieting, most of the time, you are denying your body many of the nutrients it needs to run efficiently.  And the third problem is that when you diet you are eventually going to stop, once you lose the weight.  When you change back to your normal eating habits, obviously, the weight will come back.

So, what do we do?

A better alternative to dieting, is  to make slow, permanent changes that you will be able to live with.  This will not only help you lose weight, but will also provide your body with the nutrients it needs to continue to run efficiently, and be healthy, giving you a longer, healthier life, filled with confidence, and energy.

Sometimes, upon first thought, this may seem difficult, but seriously, because when you choose whole, foods, that are good for you, they flood your body with nutrients that are very much needed.  When your body has what it needs, it will be much easier to go with out the other things.  Start slow at first,  and then continue to make better choices, and your cravings will begin to decrease.  It sounds way easier said than done, but coming from a place where my favorite food used to be frosting, I can tell you that it really does work.  You will feel so much better, and you will be able to think more clearly as well.

 

Beat Cravings

Cravings can be a way that your body is telling you something.  Honor your cravings by getting to the root cause of it, and find out what your body really needs. Greens, proteins, water, vitamin D?  Trial and error are really the key here, because every one is different.

Yin/Yang Imbalance

When we eat too many Yang foods – such as red meat, salt and egg, our body will want some Yin foods to restore balance. Sugar and alcohol are extreme Yin foods that our body would usually crave.

Armed with this knowledge, you can reduce your sugar cravings by eating less extreme yang foods and instead, choose foods that are more neutral on the spectrum. Examples are whole grains, fish, sea vegetables, beans, root vegetables, and winter squash.

 

Energy Quick Fix

Cravings for sugar or refined carbohydrates can happen when our body needs a quick energy fix. To create sustained energy, eat meals that are low in glycemic load. To create a meal of low GL, whole unprocessed foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and beans are great choices. They are high in fiber, which is particularly important because it moderate the speed at which the sugar is absorbed by the body. Also, make sure you include a moderate amount of good fat and lean protein to slow down absorption and increase satiety.

 

Nutrient Deficiency

Cravings can be a sign of nutrient deficiency. Cravings for different flavor or texture can translate to a lack of various nutrients.

 

Dehydration

Cravings can be caused by dehydration. Our body often misinterprets the sensation of thirst and translates that into hunger. Next time when you feel your cravings coming on, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes, and see if you are still hungry.

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