I’m sure that with the 4th of July coming up, the last thing on your mind is a diet or even healthy eating. I’m planning on eating a couple hot dogs (uncured and organic) myself, and I’m really looking forward to it. And, I’m sure you have heard that diets don’t work. Does this sound familiar? You hear about this wonderful diet that will guarantee weight-loss, so you try it, only to gain even more weight back once you’ve lost it?
Don’t feel bad. You are not alone. Just because a diet works for one person, does not mean that it will work for you. Diets are destined to fail, and it should come as no surprise. After all, the word “die” is within the word “diet”. That should be your first sign. You want to live your life.
Here are the top 5 reasons that diets are doomed to fail:
- People choose to use a diet to achieve a short-term goal. That goal is usually to lose weight before an upcoming event. Diets are perceived from the onset as a temporary action used to obtain an immediate result. Once that result is achieved, the diet is stopped and old eating habits return.
- The yo-yo diet or weight cycling. As mentioned, many people go on diets, lose weight, and then gain weight, often more than they lost. And, for some reason, the cycle is repeated. To quote Albert Einstein: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” This repeated failure can have negative effects on a person’s mental health and could result in an eating disorder.
- Many diets are based on the premise of counting calories using a formula meant for the general population as opposed to the individual. Everybody processes calories differently. This formula supports that caloric expenditure exceeds caloric intake and will therefore promote weight loss. It has become clear that this premise is no longer true. Every calorie is not created equal. Calories consumed from spinach or sweet potatoes are much more nutrient-dense than calories consumed from a processed, low-fat muffin. In addition, if you were to consume too few calories, your body goes into survival mode, slowing down the metabolism. You run the risk of your metabolism remaining sluggish once you start consuming more calories.
- Before even starting a diet, people believe that they will be depriving themselves of foods they love. Entering into a program with this mindset clearly does not support success. This constant experience of deprivation will bring on food cravings that will be difficult to ignore.
- This brings me to the last reason why diets do not work. They do not address food cravings and how to handle them. Everyone has cravings. Having the tools to help navigate through those cravings and reach for healthy food alternatives will help to eliminate them.
Unfortunately for many individuals, diets only offer a quick fix to a larger problem. Learning which foods nourish the body and which don’t is the best approach to eating in order to obtain weight–loss and optimal health. The best way to do that is with an elimination diet that will help you figure out which foods are right for your body, such as my 14 Day Summer Detox. Eating clean is really the best way to lose weight if that is your goal. And, even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, everyone can benefit from eating clean because who doesn’t want to be healthy.
A great way to get started on clean eating is with a safe and effective detox, which will help clean out the toxins that have built up in your body. I am now offering my Summer Detox. This season I am offering a 7 Day Detox, a 14 Day Detox, and a 30 Day Detox, which is used with doTERRA’s Cleanse and Restore Kit, which will give the body an even deeper cleanse. The detox includes over 50 delicious recipes. Click here to find out more about my Summer Detox, and if you missed my webinar on Detox for Weight Loss, click here to watch the recording!