Why dieting isn’t helping you lose weight? Dieting has been part of our language since we can remember. But is dieting hurting you instead of helping you? I know that it is a common approach for weight loss, but for many people, it may not provide the desired results.
I believe that dieting is no longer the way to achieve the health we want. When you go on a restrictive diet, it is hard to make it a long-term lifestyle. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is what you should strive for.
Dieting is temporary and might give you results temporarily as well. What happens after? That is why many regain all the weight because we all want to achieve that number on the scale and hope it will stick.
Building a healthy lifestyle might be the long route, but it sure will be the long-term way.
Here are some reasons why dieting is not helping you lose weight:
Yo-yo dieting: Often, people restrict their calories drastically when dieting, leading to rapid weight loss. However, as soon as they return to their normal eating habits, they regain the weight they lost. This cycle of weight loss and gain is called yo-yo dieting and can lead to weight gain over time.
Hunger and cravings: Restrictive diets can trigger feelings of hunger and cravings for high-calorie foods, making it difficult to stick to the diet for an extended period. This often leads to overeating and weight gain. This also causes emotional eating and binge eating episodes.
Hormonal imbalances: Dieting can cause hormonal imbalances that make it difficult to lose weight. When we are constantly deficient in nutrients due to being on a calorie deficit for so long, it causes our hormones to become imbalanced.
Muscle loss: Rapid weight loss through dieting can cause the loss of muscle mass, which slows down metabolism and makes it easier to regain weight.
Lack of sustainability: Most diets are not sustainable in the long term, making it difficult to maintain weight loss. People often feel deprived and crave the foods they’re not allowed to have, leading to binge eating and weight gain.
Instead of dieting, focus on adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and stress management. This approach will help you lose weight and improve your overall health and well-being long-term.
If you are ready and want to learn how to leave behind the diet mentality, check out my online program, Discover Your Self Love. I help you leave behind emotional eating, and guilt surrounding food and create a healthy relationship with food.