If you are currently on a diet plan, then regardless of what assurances you have been given, the chances are that what you are eating is not good for you. If you are losing weight on these diets but are unable to keep it off, there is a good reason for that.
These crash-diets are not designed to keep your weight off, but are more of a sticking-plaster to temporarily relieve the symptoms of an underlying problem.
Read on to find out why and learn how to adjust your diet to fit your healthy needs for the long-term.
Let’s be Realistic
Be aware that many of these so-called ‘fad diets’ are only designed to give you short-term results, not long-term. Whereas these diets will give you excellent advice on lifestyle changes you can make (take more exercise for example) very often the diets usually insist on you ordering special foods which are branding for that particular plan. This means that you can end up spending a lot of money buying their products which are often loaded with chemicals and artificial sweeteners. These may help you lose weight but do not contribute to your overall health, and you can so easily put the weight back on within days of stopping the diet.
Sugar-Free Diet Drinks Don’t Prevent Sugar Cravings
If you have a sweet tooth then you may switch to sugar-free drinks to help lose weight. These drinks are loaded with chemical sweeteners such as Aspartame, Sucrose and Splenda and while you may feel better drinking these zero-calorie drinks, studies have shown that there are serious drawbacks to drinking these chemicals. Side effects of drinking these diet sodas include leg-cramps, obesity and heart disease.
“Diet” Foods Are Often Worse than “Real” Foods
You may be tempted with diet foods because they heavily advertise ‘Low Calorie”, “No Sugar” and “Low Fat” on the food labels. However, in place of these important food groups are chemical substitutes and artificial flavors. Reading these food labels also give the impression that since it is low in fat or sugar, you can eat more of this food. This mindset of increasing portion size can ultimately lead to weight gain over time.
If It Seems Too Good to Be True, It Usually Is!
Some diet plans will promote the fact that people have lost 20 lbs in a single month. This simply isn’t a realistic target so you should beware.
Doctors recommend that a safe rate at which to lose weight is around 2lb a week.
Your body will suffer negative effects to losing weight too quickly, as it is starved of essential nutrients. The process of burning fat will also leave you feeling tired.
To maintain a healthy body and lifestyle whilst losing weight, you need to maintain a regime over several months. You should eat little and often, for example, small meals of lean protein, fruits and vegetables every 3-4 hours.
Keep a balanced healthy diet of protein, carbohydrates and fibre and eat at least 1200-1500 calories a day to keep your body working normally.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, this not only helps the digestive system and key bodily functions, it will also help to stave off hunger and prevent snacking.
The weight-loss industry is worth billions each year. If you are left feeling a little disappointed after trying these diets then you are not alone. Millions of people each year buy into this industry in vain attempts to lose weight.
The answer is to skip the diet plans completely and understand a healthy diet involves a change in lifestyle. Learn to eat healthy food and engage in healthy activities. Put a nutrition plan together with some healthy recipes; learn the best foods to shop for and take things one step at a time.
Being healthy is not a goal, but a process. But the best time to get started is now.