Why Dieting is Bad for Your Health
Most diets are designed to wreck your head – and that’s before they wreck your body.
Bu you know this already right?
I know this too and yet…
A small part of us can’t help thinking – maybe this ‘one diet’ will be the magic bullet.
The one solution to make us feel good in our clothes and skin – to make us…happy.
Take this one (very popular) diet I was doing back in 2004 where I couldn’t eat any carbs but all the fat and protein I ‘desired’.
Did I lose some weight?
Yes, quite a lot actually..
I even started to feel pretty good – which tends to happen when you stop bingeing on Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice-cream.
The diet worked quite well for a few months – right up until it didn’t.
The lack of fibre gave me Irritable Bowel Syndrome .. (not pretty and not exciting given my family history of bowel cancer).
Eventually the lack of natural fruit sugars had me wanting to deep-dive into a sugar coma faster than Victoria Salt trying to get her hands on Willy Wonka’s chocolate bars…
“I want it now!”
Where’s this leading to?
I’ll tell you shall I?
Diets don’t work.
I know.. shock, horror!
They are short-term solutions designed to trick you into believing in a fad or a gimmick.
They sometimes work for a while but they nearly always leave you putting the weight back on and feeling like a big, fat failure.
The main problem for most people is not getting enough nutrition, even though they may still be eating a lot of ‘food’.
Diets and fads don’t work, because they’re only effective as long as you are “on” them. In fact, according to the world’s leading expert on functioning medicine, Dr. Mark Hyman, the average person gains 11 pounds for every diet they go on.
…And do you know what’s worse than that? – when they lose weight, they lose muscle and fat.
When the weight comes back on..so does all the fat. Since muscle burns seven times as many calories as fat, their metabolism is slower than when they started the diet….meaning, that they then need even fewer calories to maintain their weight.
Life is busy and we can easily get comfortable into our routine of unhealthy choices or putting our own needs way down the line of everyone else’s. Sometimes we are so busy going through the motions of each day, that we barely pay attention to the food we put in our mouths. Not until our bodies start to let us know things are not as they should (and often in a very loud way), do we actually stop and listen. Perhaps the breakouts on our face get too much, or we can no longer stand looking at those puffy eyes in the morning, or can’t remember the last time we weren’t constipated, or fitted into a pair of jeans…then and only then do we look for a ‘quick fix’.
Diets are partly responsible for keeping people fat, sick and depressed.
I’ve tried just about every diet or magic bullet out there over the years – always looking for that one perfect ‘diet’.
Eventually I realised that the perfect ‘diet’ was a lie. Just a clever marketing trick to fool us out of our money and keep people chasing rainbows. The majority of diets don’t work because they aren’t sustainable, and as soon as you stop, you go back to the same bad habits. Your metabolism becomes less functional and you end up gaining more weight and feeling worse about yourself – before looking for the next ‘quick fix’.
There are no quick fixes.
The bullshit we put ourselves through never ends…unless of course you decide to say screw the dieting and starvation cycles and say yes to abundance. Making the decision to embrace real food, in it’s whole natural state will have an enormous impact on every aspect of your life.
Real whole-food and as much as your body needs – is the answer.
Food that makes you feel good and look good long-term – without the yo-yo dieting that leaves you feeling worthless.
It worked for me and it can work for you.
Anyway, if you want to stop feeling fat, sick and depressed forever – ditch the dieting and start keeping it real.
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