As controversial as it may sounds, dieting is not the best approach for you when it comes to losing weight. In fact, statistics have shown dieting to have negative effects on the body, which are in the long run, not good for you. Funny enough, you can even gain more weight during dieting, which is why you should try this alternative method instead.
Weight Loss Through Dieting Is Temporary
Fad Diets are simply not sustainable. The majority of people who lose weight dieting end up regaining all the weight back – it’s not just you.
As many as 60% of dieters gain back more weight than they originally lost.
Why should I stop dieting?
Here are some of the reasons why you should stop dieting:
1 DIETING CAUSES YOUR METABOLISM TO SLOW DOWN
Our bodies need food and nutrients to function! When we start depriving ourselves, our metabolism slows down, and our bodies go into starvation mode. We begin to preserve energy and hold on to every last bite of food we consume.
2 DIETS ARE OFTEN MISSING IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL TO HEALTH
When you miss out on important nutrients for too long, you’ll begin to lose optimal functions.
3 DIETS THROW OFF OUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS AND HORMONES
Our bodies are complex, delicate, miniature ecosystems. Fad diets throw our blood sugar levels out of whack, and the disruptions to some of our hormone levels, may create a ripple effect, and cause disruptions in other hormones.
4 DIETING MESSES WITH YOUR HUNGER AND SATISFACTION CUES
Similarly, weight loss through dieting causes the hormones that are responsible for helping you feel full to drop. At the same time, it causes the hormones that make you feel hungry to increase and eat much more in the long run.
What should I do instead of dieting?
Strangely, the only difference between dieting and these steps you’re about to take now is the kind of food you eat. Here are some of the best ways to lose weight without dieting:
- Eat Breakfast Every Day. One habit that’s common to many people who have lost weight and kept it off is eating breakfast every day. “Many people think skipping breakfast is a great way to cut calories, but they usually end up eating more throughout the day, says Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, author of The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to the New Food Pyramids.
- Close the Kitchen at Night. Establish a time when you will stop eating so you won’t give in to the late-night munchies or mindless snacking while watching television.
Choose Liquid Calories Wisely. Sweetened drinks pile on the calories, but don’t reduce hunger like solid foods do. Satisfy your thirst with water, sparkling water with citrus, skim or low-fat milk, or small portions of 100% fruit.
- Eat More Produce. Eating lots of low-calorie, high-volume fruits and vegetables crowds out other foods that are higher in fat and calories juice.