Why Diets Don’t Work

Diets do not work because they are a short term plan for a life-long commitment. Unfortunately, you cannot just stop eating, so we are faced with trying to make smart food choices anywhere from 3-5 times a day. This doesn’t have to be a stressful situation. The solution is to adopt a healthy eating plan to sustain you for a lifetime. How do we do that? Find a way to create healthy, satisfying meals that support your way of life. Most people start a new diet only to find themselves hungry, bored, and in need of comfort because they are starving. How do we fix that? Find healthier foods you enjoy in amounts that don’t cause weight gain.

Skipping meals or drastically reducing your caloric intake simply results in temporary weight loss and can severely impact your metabolic rate. Either one of these methods of weight loss only cause your metabolism to slow down. Consequently, a low metabolism means that you will gain back all the lost weight as soon as you revert back to eating normally. Dieting without exercise is not a good idea either. Exercise plays an important part of a healthy lifestyle. A lack of exercise only serves to reduce muscle mass, which in turn reduces your metabolism even more. Without adding exercise you lose muscle mass which will in turn cause your metabolism to decrease and your body to simply stop burning as many calories as it used to. The US surgeon general recommends a minimum of 30-60 minutes a day of exercise. The bottom line is we must burn more calories than we consume to lose weight period. There is no other way around it. The good news is that I am here to save you time and show you how it works. There are really only 4 rules that you have to remember:

1. Eat 3-5 times a day
2. Exercise daily (anywhere from 30-60 minutes)
3. Burn more calories than consumed
4. Record everything in your log book