Have you ever noticed that the people on restrictive diets don’t look happy? Sure, they’ve achieved their goal weight, but where’s the happiness? Have you also noticed that once they reach their goal weight, they haven’t been able to maintain their weight and they usually put it back on.
Severely restricting your calories can make your metabolism come to a screaming halt!
Other reasons why restrictive diets don’t work are:
– they lead to overeating and binge eating
– your body has a weight that it feels best at and it will always try to get back to it (so, if it’s 90kgs, it will try to take you from 70 to 90kg and there won’t be much you can do about it)
– diets can be harmful and create malnutrition (which will create a whole heap of problems such as digestion disorders, constipation, diarrhoea, skin disorders, muscle loss, stunted bone growth, a decrease in bone density, hair loss, losing your period and hormone imbalances)
– diets create false food beliefs than can lead to disordered eating (such as, good vs bad foods)
– you can’t control your weight (for us women, it will fluctuate like crazy depending what time of the day, month, external behaviours, etc are happening)
– your body doesn’t know the difference between dieting and famine so by restricting, your causing your metabolism to slow down and your hormones to regulate)
– diets aren’t effective for sustained weight loss
So, what can you do?
The only way you’re going to lose weight is through a calorie deficit. We know that. We understand that. However, the only way we can do that, without causing harm to our bodies, is through regular exercise and healthy eating. Yes, all those Health books we read while growing up were right.
It doesn’t mean, not eating a burger because it’s full of fat and carbs. It means eating those things too but in moderation and then not feeling guilty for eating it. Being mindful of what we eat. Creating healthy habits that involve regular exercise and healthy food is a sustainable lifestyle change that we can all do. From there, you will see the difference, but it’s a marathon. It will take time.