Have you or someone you know gone on a diet just to lose some weight and gain it all back? Even worst, gained back more than lost on a diet? Why is this? If the correct way to lose weight is dieting, why does this cause the roller coaster effect? That is because diets by themselves do not work.
A diet is a reduction in the number of calories that one takes in during a given period. Let us say that a person consumes typically 2,500 calories a day and decides to go on a diet and reduce the number of calories to 2,000. This is a simple reduction in calories of 500 per day.
Your body is a balanced instrument in every way imaginable. So, if you are feeding your body 2,500 calories a day, your body becomes accustomed to this level. It is like a habit, do something long enough, and it becomes a commonly accepted process. So when you short your body 500 calories a day, guess what your body will adjust. The typical amount of time to adjust to this difference is between 30 and 45 days. After this amount of time, your body becomes used to the new level of 2,000 and sets your body’s internal thermometer only to burn 2,000 not 2,500.
When someone starts a diet in the first month (30 days), they see good results. Then month two (second 30 days), things begin to slow down. Then month three (third 30 days), the results stop. There are only two ways to combat this natural phenomenon: to reduce more calories, which is a no-no because this can lead to eating issues or ramp up the exercise, causing additional calories to be consumed. The second option is the only real option.
This explanation is why so many people have a roller coaster effect. Start a diet, loss some weight in the first month, flatten out in the second month, and nothing in the third. Which ultimately caused one to give up. Once they quit, people will generally go back to the old level of calories they consumed, but their body has adjusted to the new level, which causes the weight, and then some, to return. Again, it takes the body about 30-45 to adapt to a new level of calories. If they were at 2,500, then went to 2,000, lost some weight, then returned to 2,500 because they quit, their bodies are set at the 2,000 calorie-burn rates. Taking in 2,500 when the body is set at 2,000 will cause an increase in weight.
If dieting is the answer to weight loss, then why are there so many diets? And why is there a new best diet coming down the path every few years that is the one that will help lose weight? The newest one is the Mediterranean diet, before that keto diet, then the South Beach Diet, and so on. All diets have the same cause and effect as described above, which ultimately do not work for the human body. If you would like to learn more about weight loss, please read this article.
Successful weight loss requires overcoming bad habits that enable you to overcome overweight or obesity. This process will incorporate a tactic called delayed gratification in which effort is put in today with results expected in the future. This is contra to our current instant gratification system we live in today with pushing a button and receiving the answer instantaneously or a package on the doorstep the next day. All this behavior promotes impulsive behavior and seeking an immediate reward. This had a very little longterm impact, and we quickly forget the reward. By delaying gratification, the future reward is powerful and will last.
We need to teach our childer the difference in good food and bad food. Young children learn from their parents, and if seeing their parents having weight issues, the temptation to chose poor health, lower levels of drive, and always seeking immediate pleasure, how will they turn out? Start thinking for the long term and start resisting impulses that are unhealthy.
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