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Why Diets Don’t Work

Diet is a Lifestyle

Dieting has been so popular in the past 10 years that it has been estimated that around 70% of the adult female population and 30% of all adult males have been on one. Diet is easily described as a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight. It doesn't seem to matter whether it's the Atkins diet or liquid diet, people will try almost anything in their frantic desire to shed a few pounds.

When you want to lose weight, your first choice would be to look for the best diet plan that suits you. Often a quick 5 to 10 pounds will come off within the first few months, but then your old eating habits set back in. Unfortunately, the results are usually the same. Although diets do produce good results in the short term, very few dieters maintain their weight loss, no matter what diet plan they try. If you stick with dieting to attain your weight goal, you may still find yourself back at the same weight or worse, even bigger in a few months. So, why is it that diets don’t work?

On many diets, you are not eating the way you will eat for the rest of your life. You eat foods you may not like very much and don't find satisfying. If you are determined enough, you stick with it until you reach your goal.

Diet Depressions and Lapses

Believe it or not, if you are not happy with what you eat your body is not happy as well. Cutting short your eating habits directly affects the comfort of your body, that’s what dieting is all about. This in turn affects the psychology of individuals to a very great extent. You feel deprived, alienated and alone. This puts you in the pits of depression. Research shows that no matter what your size, diets make you hungry and create powerful cravings for the very foods you are trying to avoid, for example; sugar and fat. The depression pushes you to start thinking “Everybody is eating what I'm not allowed to. They can have it – so why can’t I?”. This kind of thinking is likely to lead to rebellious overeating. Eventually you may not be able to take it anymore and give up, entering back into the world of "happy uncontrolled eating".

A diet only works for as long as you are on it. Most people get bored with rigid eating plans and go off the rails from time to time. The trouble with that is that, for many people a lapse is a sign of failure. They tell themselves they've 'blown it' and experience feelings of inadequacy. The lapse becomes a slippery slope, making people eat anything they are not supposed to, which makes them end up telling themselves 'it's fine, I'll start tomorrow again'. Such people go from diet plans to diet plans, hoping to find the one that will stop them from failing.

In a world full of temptations, it's laudable to want to eat healthy, remain healthy and most of all eat what you want. For long-term weight loss, many things need to be changed - not just your nutritional habits.