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Friday, December 22, 2017

5 Good Reasons Why Diets Don't Work

5 Good Reasons Why Diets Don't Work
If you're one of those who have tried diets, maybe lost some weight, but gained it all back, you are not alone. Up to two thirds of all people who diet gain back more weight than they lost. There are very good reasons why diets don't work. Here are just 5.

Why diets don't work

#1 - I'm "on" a diet"  - you can't think of yourself as being "on" a diet. This suggests you can go "off" the diet after you've lost the weight. Diets like this are not long-term solutions. In order to lose weight and keep it off, you must learn to eat healthy foods. It's not a diet; it's a new way of eating for maintaining weight and staying healthy.

#2 - NOT eating - depriving yourself of food doesn't work, either. It often drives you to grab unhealthy foods because you are so hungry. The key to losing weight is to eat regularly, but eat the right kinds of foods. You'll find that scaling down on food full of fat, sugar and calories will be far more effective than depriving yourself of food.

#3 - Not exercising - exercise, along with eating healthy food in moderate portions will be effective in not only losing weight but keeping the weight off. Even regular low-intensity exercise like walking reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which has been linked to overeating. Walking is convenient, cheap, and something that can be done anytime, anywhere.

#4 - Don't be too hard on yourself - many weight-loss attempts fail because people give up when they cheat on their diet. You're probably going to cheat at some point, but as long as you recognize it as a moment of weakness and then get right back on your healthy food regime, you're going to still get results. This brings us to the next point of keeping track of your results.

#5 - Let your scales become a friend - this doesn't mean you should weigh yourself every day, but you do need to keep at least a weekly record of what you are eating, how often you're eating, and how often you exercise, too. Compare this with what your scales tell you. You will see a pattern of more weight loss in the weeks when you stick to your healthy eating and exercise plan.
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