We’ve all been there. We hear about an amazing new diet or have a friend who is a firsthand example of a diet that finally works. So, you give it a go and don’t lose a pound. Or you gain weight. Or you lose weight only to gain it back again. Here’s why diets don’t work.
Deprivation Can Only Last For So Long
If you hop on an extreme diet and have success, you will start gaining the weight back the second you stop. Rapid weight loss may be good for an upcoming photo shoot or special event, but it’s not good for the long-term as it is not realistic to maintain.
You Are More Likely To Binge
The truth is, we all have a “diet”. While almost always associated with a change made to lose weight, your diet is made up of your common dietary choices. No matter what your diet there must be room built-in to splurge. If you are on a deprivation diet you aren’t just like to splurge but to binge as a response to your extreme dietary restrictions.
Instead of adopting one of the many deprivation diets start making one-by-one small healthy changes. Drink more water. Eat 3 to 5 servings of both fruits and veggies a day. Move more. Sign up for one active class or activity a week. Start counting your calories to create a baseline, then find mini ways to cut your caloric intake. The results will be slower, but the healthy habits you adopt will be easier to maintain—so the weight will stay off!