It’s a story we hear over and over again: I’ve tried this diet, and that diet, and then this other diet… sometimes I’d lose a bit of weight, but it just came right back! Other times I didn’t lose any weight at all. Why don’t diets work for me?
If this sounds familiar, first of all we want you to know that you are not alone. Weight loss “diets” often fail, with dieters failing to lose weight, or re-gaining lost weight quickly once they go “off” their diet. Sometimes a diet offers a bit of short-term help, but rarely do they offer a long-term solution.
Why does this happen? The reasons could vary from one person to the next, but we’ve noticed that they almost always fall into one of the following categories.
Diets are inconvenient. If a diet requires you to prepare certain meals at certain times, you might find yourself spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Often, creating these dishes can be time-consuming, and unrealistic for the average person’s schedule. To bring about real change in your life, you should seek to learn about healthy foods and easy, convenient ways to obtain or prepare them.
Diets can promote unrealistic lifestyles. If your diet requires you to live on greens and exercise three hours per day, can you really maintain that for years? Many of us can lose a significant amount of weight over the short term, but cannot maintain a body type that is nearly genetically impossible for us over the long term. If your eating plan is overly restrictive or hours of daily exercise are required, you probably will fall off the wagon at some point, because that’s just not a realistic lifestyle for the average person.
Diets are temporary. You might view your weight loss diet and exercise plan as a way to achieve a goal, perhaps by a certain date. “I want to lose 30 pounds before my high school reunion/wedding/beach trip” is a common story. But once you’ve hit that milestone and you’ve attended that event…. Now what? Most people go back to their previous eating and exercise patterns, and the lost pounds return.
Willpower only lasts so long. If you can’t maintain your new body without constant feelings of starvation, your willpower will break at some point. And then, a significant binge is likely to occur.
These are the reasons that weight loss diets – the trendy, fad type – often fail. On the other hand, it is absolutely possible to lose weight safely, realistically, and permanently! Give us a call to learn more about medical weight loss, and we’ll help you renovate your lifestyle to achieve long-term results.