Diets don’t work for weight loss. If they did, everyone who started one would lose weight. There are many reasons that diets fail, so understanding the reasons behind diet failure can help you make the changes you need to succeed when it comes to losing weight.
Although there are many reasons that diets fail and sabotage your weight loss, Newmax listed the top five reasons they fail. Medical problems, diets that are too restrictive or difficult to maintain, and lack of exercise were listed among the reasons that many failed with their weight loss efforts. Stress was listed as a major health problem that actually sabotaged efforts to lose weight and led to additional health problems. Stress leads to poor food choices, and certain health problems like thyroid, heart disease, hormone imbalance, and sleep problems also contribute to the difficulty in losing weight.
Often, the information available is confusing as well. Carbohydrates are frequently treated as a food that is bad, particularly since the average American consumes so many of them. Not all carbs are bad, though. Some of the best diet foods available are actually fruits and vegetables, which are good carbs. Space Coast Daily reported that adequate amounts of protein combined with exercise led to successful weight loss. Drinking plenty of water and keeping a simple approach to weight loss also increases the chance of success.
Drinking water is particularly significant because it is a simple diet tip that actually promotes weight loss, and it’s an easy strategy for making weight loss more effortless. In a recent scientific study, half the participants drank 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before meals while the control group simply had to report whether or not they felt full after a meal. Those who drank water before meals lost and average of 9.84 pounds. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, low-fat diets and exercise are the keys to successfully lose weight and reducing body fat.
Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternek said in People that diets don’t work in the traditional sense, particularly if they are restrictive. Instead, he said, diets need to be about change so that the weight stays off. The technique he said that dieters needed to incorporate into their weight loss plan is mindfulness. The key to successful weight loss is to get away from short term diets and shift the focus to long term lifestyle changes. Because the hypothalamus governs regulation of weight, it has its own agenda, and you may even think it is trying to keep you fat. The key is to slowly retrain this gland to maintain a different level of weight so you can lose the weight and then keep it off.
What are your best weight loss strategies? What strategies have you used to successfully lose weight?
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