Why Diets Don't Work

Why Diets Don't Work

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The problem arises with diets from the mindset One has approaching the diet. So many of our clients who come into Fighting Fit have tried and failed to hit their goals because of this short term mindset. To the average person a diet is something they do for a short period of time before eating normally/poorly again.

Most diets in fact usually do work

(diet depending).

I'm sure you have heard of the term yo-yo dieting. This is where an individual diets until they hit their target weight. Once their goal is achieved they revert back to eating normally/poorly again and subsequent weight gain begins. 

There are a few different definitions of the word “Diet”.

  • To restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.

  • A special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.

  • the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

If you subscribe to either of the first two definitions your weight will more than likely end up fluctuating as you hit your target weight, stop dieting, stop exercising and fall back into old habits and gain the weight back.

The cycle looks something like this;

  1. Start diet.

  2. Restriction.

  3. Deprivation.

  4. Crave.

  5. Give in.

  6. Guilt.

  7. Start diet.

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The cause is the massive restriction, supplemented with limited willpower, it ends up breaking in to a binge to end all binges.

If you approach the issue of fat loss with a mindset of quick fixes and temporary diets you will set yourself up for failure because in your mind, you will eventually stop exercising and stop dieting.

The goal is to make eating healthily and exercising regularly a natural part of your life from now on. The frame of mind you need for genuine, consistent fat loss is to continually build new habits step by step, week by week because this is sustainable.

Focus on the last definition and make your diet a healthy but manageable one. That last one is the reason our Personal Training Studio clients in Dundalk, Co. Louth are finally seeing the results they've been wanting for years!