Why Diets Fail

If you are exclusively dieting to achieve a weight loss goal, I have some bad news for you.

You’re going to fail. It’s inevitable. Why?

 The answer begins and ends with your metabolism – the higher it is, the more calories your body requires even in a resting state. Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is determined by many things such as body composition, genetics, activity level and more. And sustained dieting – especially very low calorie dieting – causes your metabolism to drop like a ton of bricks. When you severely restrict the amount of calories you take in, think about the message you are sending your body. You are quite literally starving yourself, and the body responds by becoming extremely efficient at conserving energy and storing the food it receives as fat.

Furthermore, when you diet, you may think the scale reflects lost body fat, but in reality, the body will use both fat and lean muscle for its energy needs (keep in mind that the more lean mass you have, the higher your RMR will be).  So, when you inevitably resume your old eating habits, your decimated RMR ensures that all the weight comes back, and then some. Crash dieting is a temporary fix to a permanent problem (an unhealthy lifestyle) and is an exercise in frustration.

To truly change your body and improve your health, you need to make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. That means regular exercise and eating a well-balanced diet over an extended period of time. Be realistic – if you are constantly hungry, you won’t stay on that diet for long. Starving yourself is not the answer. Instead, the answer is the largely the same as it’s always been: regular exercise combined with a diet rich in meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits and nuts and low in sugar and processed food. In short, eat real, healthy food until you’re full, not stuffed.

A smart diet will keep you feeling full and provide the energy you need for an active lifestyle.

Regular exercise – especially resistance training – will help you achieve a small calorie deficit as well as keep your metabolism elevated.

 It’s a simple plan, but certainly not an easy one to maintain on your own. If you’re serious about making a commitment to weight loss, talk to a personal trainer. They’re certified professionals who can put you on a unique exercise prescription, in addition to providing the motivation and accountability you need to stick to a long term plan.

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