Have you ever been on a diet? Millions of other men and women are already on one and the vast majority (a staggering 90 percent) won’t manage to lose weight and keep it off in the long run. Is there is a reason why a weight loss plan fails?
So why do we have such a bad success rate for losing weight?
First, here are some facts…
- 9 out of 10 people fail to lose weight when they go on diet.
- Most people, when they lose weight the first time, they lose muscle plus fat. When they stop dieting, it comes back as mostly as fat.
- The average person ends up gaining almost 10 pounds more for every diet they have ever been on.
- Yo-Yo dieting does more harm than good.
5 reasons why most weight loss plan fails
1. We try to use willpower to control our appetite
For most overweight people, eating the wrong foods (low-fat & high-carb stuff) usually increases hunger soon after eating.
It also slows the metabolism. So, you feel tired and hungry. No one can stay hungry forever.
Hunger kills will-power. I mean, it is one of the oldest torture techniques.
2. We think it’s Calorie in Vs Calorie out
We’ve known for decades that Calorie in – Calorie out is just a myth. The calorie in – calorie out argument has been disproved repeatedly.
All calories are not the same. Some will make you fat and some will not. The source of the calorie is more important.
If you have the metabolic syndrome and are eating a high carb diet (bread, cereals, pasta, rice) then you will be constantly hungry. Even after eating a meal you may not feel ‘full’.
It would not matter how many calories you consumed at breakfast, you will still be hungry by noon. Hence, it becomes difficult to control the bingeing and overeating if you are really hungry.
3. We are eating low-fat but high-sugar stuff
People have developed a fat phobia over the years. Natural fats like butter, cream, olive oil, etc. are good for you.
It’s the sugars/carbs that are driving the fat accumulation. The presence of high amount of glucose in the blood causes insulin secretion which drives glucose into the cells and also gets it stored as fat.
Without insulin, fat can come out of the fat cells and burn up. Fat does not make you fat.
4. There may be underlying medical reasons
Underlying medical conditions can cause hormone dysregulation which might be the cause of obesity.
Consult a doctor about this. Get your thyroid, adrenals & liver function checked, just to name a few.
Even cereal intolerances like gluten(wheat) can be causing the gut to go out of whack.
5. Didn’t realize you are in this for the long haul?
One of my friends said that the only time she was ever able to lose weight was when she tried to stop losing weight.
This is really about a lifestyle change, not a diet.
Join a Community (I hear the low-carb people are a pretty friendly bunch)
Key to losing the weight and keeping it off
For most people, there is only one good way to lose weight and keep it off. Firstly, stop eating the foods that are causing an out of control hunger.
Secondly, increase the metabolism of the body, so that we burn more calories all through the day and not constantly feel tired.
90 to 95% of overweight people have the metabolic syndrome. For these people, the type of food we eat is key to losing weight and keeping it off.
Simple steps to keeping the weight off:
- Identify foods that are driving your hunger and avoid them (psst. carbs)
- Eat only when hungry
- Listen to your body, it has a few million years worth of evolutionary intuition
- Exercise is non-negotiable
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