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Why Fad Diets and Fast Diets Fail

The creators of “lose weight quick” diets want you to believe that there is a magic wand that can make all of your weight loss dreams come true.

They also want you to believe that their program has all of the right answers: drop an entire food group, eat only at certain times of the day, or mimic the eating habits of our distant ancestors.

Fast is clearly appealing, since we have such busy lives. But how realistic are all of these rules and regulations?

If you do find yourself following one of these weight loss plans, it is possible that you will see some success reflected on the scale.

The truth, however, is that these fast diets and fad diets don’t last.

While they may result in temporary weight loss, they do not result in lifelong health.

Here are a few of the reasons they fail:

Quick Weight Loss Can End in Weight Gain

Any diet that promises fast results can cause more harm to your body than good. This results in weight loss plateaus, and worse, weight gain.

If you cut out a lot of calories, you are likely to see initial weight loss. However, if you deny your body the nutrition it needs to function properly, in time you will actually trigger what weight loss experts call your body’s starvation mode.

Though you continue to eat less, your body actually holds on to the fat you want to lose. This is because your body gets energy from the calories you eat. So when you start to cut out too many calories in an attempt for quick weight loss, your body conserves fat and makes further weight loss more difficult.

Fast diets and fad diets are meant to be quick fixes, so people eventually stop following them. But once people stop dieting, they can quickly gain back all, if not more, of the weight they lost.

Studies show significant, fast weight loss can cause both a decrease in metabolism and an increase in appetite that causes this unfortunate weight gain.

To be sustainable, weight loss should be slow and thoughtful. Fast and fad diets, unfortunately, market quick and easy.

Diets Don’t Prepare You For Lifelong Wellness

When you go on a diet, you often follow a strict plan that includes what to eat, what not to eat, and when to eat. And the diet may work for a time as long as you adhere to its strict rules.

But do you plan to be on a diet for the rest of your life? The truth is that these fast diets and fad diets are by their very nature “fast” and “fads,” meaning not sustainable. They are often marketed to help you “lose weight in 30 days,” or “get a quick swimsuit body.”

If you’re unhappy with your weight or your body, then you need to change any habits that have led you the point you are now. One or two months of fast dieting are not enough to develop healthful habits that will replace decades of less healthy ones.

Further, diets rarely address the causes of overeating or unhealthy choices. They give you lists of approved or unapproved foods, but don’t help you combat stress and emotional eating.

Without these skills, without changing how and why you eat, any weight loss effort will eventually stop working.

So Let’s Recap:

A 2018 survey shows that the second most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or get in shape. But 45% of the population wouldn’t need to keep making this resolution every year if they lost weight mindfully instead of through fast and fad diets.

Quick and easy is not the way to lose weight.

Losing weight too quickly can actually cause plateaus and weight gain.

Diets address what to eat, but not how to eat.

Mindful eating is the true key to weight loss success. Let us help you on your journey to become a happier, healthier, more balanced you.

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