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Do Weight Loss Diets Work?
Ready to get your food intake under control to lose weight,
feel healthier, or just reduce the amount of junk you eat?
Hoping that there is some way you can cut out the ‘hard
stuff’ and just get the results?
Before you embark
on the latest eating plan, consider this – do diets actually
Let’s first define what we mean by diet, as
of course everyone is on a diet as it can simply refers to
eating. Specifically in this article, we are talking about a
‘diet’ that refers to a restricted way of eating for a
period of time in order to get a change in body composition
or health. Often these diets focus on reducing calories,
leading to a focus on decreasing the volume of intake,
rather than increasing the nutritional value. Research tells
us that it’s not simply how much we eat, but what we eat,
that makes a difference to our health and body size.
People who set out to diet are coming from a desire for
change, and in some cases this change is aesthetic, such as
dropping a clothing size. For others, there may be a real
health condition that is having an impact on their health
and life that can be positively impacted on by a change in
eating. However, while this desire leads to an initial
motivation, this often wains due to boredom, lack of
results, or difficulty in maintaining a restrictive food
While the internet brings us unlimited
access to information on a range of diets, the quality of
the information is varied. What can work in the short term
for some people may look great, it may not lead to long term
health, or suit all people, as it does not take into account
other lifestyle factors.
One of the down falls in a
diet approach to wellness is that it is a short-term effort
in order to get a long-term change. So while a diet may get
results in the short term, these results will be lost when a
return to normal eating occurs.
The reality is our
health is not something that can be fixed by a diet, but
rather something that has to be managed over our lifetime.
Any approach needs to be sustainable in the long term.
It has been said you can’t out exercise a bad diet,
however you also can’t sit still and have health come and
plant itself on your lap. A diet will focus on the food part
of the health equation leaving out the health benefits of
It is unlikely that a diet with a
strict set of rules that focuses only on outcomes without
looking at other factors such as motivation, lifestyle and
the benefits of physical activity, will work.
will work is focusing on looking after your body through a
range of positive and health enhancing factors including
good food and physical activity, in a way that is enjoyable
enough to be maintained in the
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