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Why diets don’t work

Why diets don’t work

Hardly a week or two goes by when you don’t find a brand new diet in your favourite magazine or newspaper. They all promise quick and effortless weight loss in a very short time. Some of them promote an unbalanced way of eating (e.g. low carb, low fat) which may do more harm than good. Unfortunately these diets have one thing in common: chances are that they won’t work in the long run.

Eating should be fun, not hard work!

Of course you will lose weight when you live on meal-replacing shakes or starve yourself eating diet meals out of a packet which hardly fill you up, or count “points”. But if you return to your old eating habits you will quickly gain weight again. Wouldn’t it be better to know your body’s requirements, give it great whole foods and feel healthy and full of energy? Weight loss will be a nice side effect!

The problem with most diets you’ll read about is that they are not targeted directly towards you and your body’s needs. Even though there is a general understanding about what healthy eating is, we are all different and we all have different nutritional needs. When it comes to nutrition there is no “one size fits all”.

There are many factors like lifestyle, current diet and stress levels, age, body composition and exercise levels which determine your nutritional needs. You may follow a vegan or vegetarian diet; you live near a busy road or you exercise a lot; maybe you simply don’t like fish.

And it’s not only about willpower – If you start a random diet you may work against your body’s needs which will make it very hard to stick to it. This is because your body doesn’t ask you specifically for a butternut squash, spinach and chickpea curry (which would help you with a deficiency in iron, calcium, vitamin B6 and Vitamin E).

You will simply feel hungry and since we are living in a busy world you will probably grab a sandwich and a fizzy drink or head towards biscuits and coffee. Then what happen is that your energy levels slump and you feel hungry again after a short while. If you miss just a few of your key nutrients, it can hinder your body’s ability to produce energy, leaving you bloated, tired and unable to achieve a healthy weight.

How can you determine your nutritional needs? A session with a nutritionist or nutritional therapist will shed light on your personal requirements and possible deficiencies. Sorry, but there are no shortcuts! They will support you by focusing on a versatile approach to help you to a healthy lifestyle while achieving weight loss naturally.

A personalised plan will not be another fad diet which you will follow for a few weeks before you give up. Fad diets may help you lose weight but you may feel moody, tired, notice that your complexion is far from healthy and you aren’t sleeping well. A personalised plan is tailored around your lifestyle and needs, includes foods which will speed up your metabolism, will help you re-programme your eating habits.

A plan designed around where your body is now can help you kick-start a healthier life. For good. This is what we do and what we are good at.

Jun 1, 2016 | Posted by in blog | Comments Off on Why diets don’t work

Life is Good – Nutritional Therapist and Nutrition Coach