Why Most Diets FailHave you ever wondered why most diets fail? Are you looking for only the “diets work quick” programs? Do you wonder if it is because you don’t have the right balance of food, exercise and genetics? And then the BIG QUESTION — are you on the right diet? There are so many to chose from. For example last week I was introduced to what I thought was another new one. However, after doing further research I discovered it was actually designed in 1924 by Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic for treating epilepsy. Who would have thought — food and epilepsy? Meds replaced this diet until the 1990’s and now some physicians have rediscovered it and are promoting it for patients with Type 2 Diabetes. This is just another example of how diets come and diets go.
Three Common Reasons for FailingFirst is the reduction in motivation after about 2-4 weeks. They have this well designed written plan, however, they believe they know it so well they don’t have to look at it. Soon the details are fuzzy and they start making small errors that add up over time. Then they start thinking the plan is not working and frustration sets in. They are eating diet-friendly foods so they convince themselves they are still on the plan. Problem is they are eating too much of these foods. Second is the problem of the not diet friendly foods. Oh, I’ll just have small taste, or a lick, or just one bite. They know these foods are wrong and the reality is these extras wreck a good eating plan. Third is the problem for those who have had success and feel so good. But they start thinking they deserve a treat or they want to see what they can get away with. Another glass of wine. Extra slices of bread. They have forgotten how miserable they were in the tight jeans. Amnesia sets in. Going back to the old choices simply results in gaining the weight they just lost.
Diets Work Quick?Once the weight loss goal is achieved the work is not done. The ideal weight set point must be established. Yo-yoing happens because there is no plan for maintenance. Going back to the old behaviors will simply result in weight creep. There is no question that when you try to lose weight you must make sacrifices. Sacrifice is very hard when food is used for comfort and also when it is so much a part of having a good time. The pizzas, french fries, ice cream, wine, and margaritas we believe make us feel good and happy. Simply stated this is why diets fail. Behavior changes are hard to make. So what is the bottom line? Diets work quick is simply a marketing ploy. Reality is diets work quick only when you can accept the philosophy that “infinite patience brings immediate results.”
Have a PlanToday we have an unprecedented variety of food products, as well as an unparalleled amount of information about food, to help ensure that diets are nutritious. One of my go to sources for comprehensive food information is Self Nutrition Data. Also modern food labels provide detailed information to help understand the nutritional content of the foods. As a result, it is easy to make informed decisions with regard to which foods, and in what quantities, are best for good health. And if you are truly motivated and serious about finding a proven weight management program look no further. Read these testimonials as part of your research to find a program that will change your relationship with food. You can also take a health checkup. Find your WHtR (weight height ratio), BMI (body mass index), and your insulin resistance. These indicators provide a quick checkup on the current status of your health. Metabolic Balance® was developed by Dr. Wolf Funfack, a German MD internist and Nutritionist together with his wife, Birgit Funfack, a Naturopath, and her sister, Silvia Buerkle, an Ecotrophologist. The program is a scientific solution for living at your ideal weight. It is based on more than 20 years of clinical research and practical experience. And just in case you are wondering what an ecotrophologist is Wikipedia has this to say:
“Ecotrophology is a branch of nutritional science concerned with everyday practice. It is mainly in Germany where it is seen as a separate branch of health care, and the word is rarely used outside Germany. Ecotrophologists are specialists in nutrition, household management and economics. This includes physiological, economic and technological principles of healthy nutrition and practical application.”