5 REASONS WHY DIETS NEVER EVER WORK

We all want to be fit and healthy but, for most of us, this means ‘dieting’ – a word that fills us with dread! Dieting means restriction, a painful schedule of exercise... or does it? Is there an easier way?

Here are 5 reasons why diets never ever work.

  1. They’re not sustainable – the idea of a diet is that we restrict our food intake for a set period of time, watch the pounds fall off and then go back to ‘normal’. But this only leads to yo-yo dieting. Your new healthy eating habits should be sustainable and ongoing.
  2. Starvation doesn’t work – if you’re considering starving yourself in the hope that you’ll lose weight faster and more easily, think again. This isn’t how your body works, and you could end up doing yourself some serious damage.
  3. They cause you to binge – you eat hardly anything and then end up bingeing on junk. Sound familiar? The deprivation of restrictive diets can lead to a diet-overeat or diet-binge cycle. And since your body doesn't want you to starve, it responds to overly-restrictive diets by slowing your metabolism, which in turn makes it harder to lose weight.
  4. They make you obsess over food – why is it that, as soon as we can’t have something, we want it more than anything? The same is true with food, which is why it isn’t a good idea to make a ‘diet’ the focus of our attention.
  5. They increase cravings – we all like foods that are bad for us. Instead of cutting them out entirely and having our brains bombarded by cravings, simply reduce the amount you have. Perhaps you can phase them out entirely or only have them as treats. The key is to regain control of your cravings and build healthier habits.

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