Why Weight Loss Diets Fail
Dieting can be such a drag. We starve ourselves and exercise as much as we can and what happens? A seesaw – weight on, weight off – pattern starts to form. One week the weight is off, the next week it is on. What exactly is going on here? Is our hard work getting us anywhere? Let’s look at this a bit more closely. Most people who want to lose weight follow the simple rule –
‘Eat fewer calories and increase the amount of exercise to burn more calories than we are consuming.’
It sounds very logical, but how effective is this approach? Initially it can seem to work very well for weight loss. Let’s say in this weight loss program you lose 10lbs. Of this let’s say 6 lbs are fat and 4 lbs are muscle. Bearing in mind muscle helps burn fat by supporting our metabolic rate, it doesn’t seem to be a good idea to lose part of your body’s own fat burning system.
Yo Yo Dieting
Ok, you lose the weight, so you go back to eating your regular food and guess what? With less muscle your body now begins to store fat more readily. So hey presto, in no time at all you regain the weight. But although you are now at your former weight you are now fatter because you weigh 4lbs less muscle. You think to yourself ‘I lost that weight before on that diet and exercise regime. I will do it again.’ So you get yourself together and go on the same program again. This time it is a bit harder (you have less muscle to help aid you in your fat burning) but after a bit longer you lose your 10lbs again. Now in your weight loss plan you have lost muscle and fat. This time 5lbs of fat and 5lbs of muscle.So you are now 9lbs of fat burning muscle down from where you started.
You go back to eating your usual meals and hey presto in only a short time you have not only regained the weight but added a few extra lbs in the process. All the while your fat level is increasing and your muscle level is decreasing. The more you go on and off these diets, the more muscle you can lose, thereby changing your body’s fat to muscle ratio. You may even get back to your former weight but you now have a lot more fat on your body, saggy skin, more tummy fat etc. People can often then say “you look much older”. This can be very disheartening. So in light of this what do we do? Usually the standard advice is to go on a calorie- controlled diet. Ok let’s check this out.
All Calories Are Equal but Some Are More Equal Than Others
Calorie counting has long been the staple of conventional weight loss programs, yet how effective is it really? Let’s look at 2 calorie control weight loss diets both with 1200kals in each one. In diet number 1 the person eats 1200 kcals of chocolate. In diet number 2 the person eats 1200 kcals of white fish. Though both have the same amount of calories in them they will give you two different body shapes. On diet number 1 you will lose weight but unfortunately much of this will probably be muscle loss. On diet number 2 you will lose weight but it is more likely to be fat loss. Though the diets are equal in calories you can get two different shapes from them. (It must be noted that neither of these diets is particularly balanced or healthy). In light of this, how effective is calorie counting?
A better idea would be to look at the food value of the food rather than the calorie value. Eat more natural unprocessed nutritionally rich foods. This goes against the trend of eating more convenient fast type food. The World Health Organization states the overweight / obesity problem is down to people eating more energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high levels of sugar and saturated fats. This, combined with reduced physical activity, has led to increased obesity rates.
Foods to Savour
The best foods to help keep in shape are:
Lean Proteins – Lean meat, white fish, cottage cheese, beans, peas and lentils.
Carbohydrates – Oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain brown bread, brown spelt bread, bulgar wheat, rye crispbreads and wholemeal pasta.
Live Foods – fresh fruit and vegetables, salads etc.
Eating more of these nutrition rich foods help stack the odds on your side to help keep you in your best shape. This along with some moderate exercise can really be of benefit to you.
We Look to the Experts – Or Are They Experts?
For the last 50 years or so a whole industry has developed to help people lose weight and get in shape. The slimming industry is now a multibillion dollar business. As recent as 2018 the global weight management market was estimated to be worth US$ 189.8 Billion. The US segment alone is reputed to be worth a staggering 72 billion dollars. The question is – How well is this slimming industry serving people? Figures often quoted of 95% of all weight loss diets failing don’t really inspire confidence in someone looking to lose weight. Whether this figure is accurate or not, it is easy to see that there is a major problem with being overweight and obesity in the world.
The Price We Can Pay For Our Weight Loss
So what is happening with the people who try many of these slimming/get into shape methods? Are they losing weight? If they are, is it staying off?
Also if they lose weight, do they look good and shapely or do they look skinny and shapeless? How is their energy on their weight loss regime? Is it poor? How stressed do they feel on their program? Are they constantly irritable? These are issues that constantly come up in many weight loss programs. It can be like that you are draining the good out of yourself and your life.
It’s amazing to think that only just over a third of Irish people (37%) are of normal body weight. Also 60% of adults in the country are either overweight or obese, according to the latest Healthy Ireland Survey by the Department of Health.
Things That Can Help
In light of this Educohealth aims to promote a healthy way of losing weight and getting into shape. One of the big factors in this is for the person to only lose fat and if possible increase their level of muscle. That way you lose the unwanted bits and firm up the wanted bits in the right place. This helps give you a better overall shape. Follow the dietary recommendations earlier in this article.
Also to help keep you on the program, try using some healthy treat substitutes. Eat fruit for a desert rather than cake. Another delicious dessert which can add real value to your diet is to make up an Educohealth Proform Protein shake. This has the benefits of being high in muscle friendly protein, low in fat and tasting delicious as an added bonus. It is a great dessert substitute, formulated to help stop your diet going off the rails. It can really help stack the odds in your favour.
Something else for you to consider is the Educohealth “You to Superyou Box”. This contains some of the most cutting-edge natural nutrient formulas designed to help work along with your body’s natural fat burning processes. They can take you onto a whole new level of getting into shape.
In the meantime remember to focus on shape and health rather than solely on losing weight. Your health is really your wealth.
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