Studies show that 9/10 people will fail on their diet. While weight loss does happen on the diet, everyone knows that you end up losing 10lbs but you gain back 11lbs.
We don’t like using diets for most people at Protect & Provide, why?
- Diets don’t change your habits
If you want to lose weight, and keep it off for good, doing a 30-day diet and going back to your old ways of eating won’t work.
What got you into a place where you need to lose weight is poor food choices and bad habits. If you don’t fix those things, you won’t see lasting changes to your waistline.
A diet is a set of rules, but they’re temporary and you have the “light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel” syndrom for the entire 30-days. At the end of the diet, you hit all your favorite restaurants and go back to eating how you did before the diet.
And the weight creeps on.
- Diets are not sustainable
Most diets are very low-calorie and designed to be done for 2-12 weeks, depending on the diet. Generally, you feel tired, hungry, and overall just pretty miserable during the diet, but you’re able to push through.
At least, for a while.
At some point, your willpower will give out, and that’s when you “fall-off-the-wagon.” Except most people fall off and roll down the embankment and stay there until someone finds them.
This is what we call yo-yo dieting.
You don’t have unlimited willpower. Think of will power as a the battery on your phone. The more you use your phone, the faster the battery dies. Willpower is the same thing, the more you use it, the less you’ll have at the end of the day.
Brownies in the breakroom, stressful interactions at work, kid gets sick, all these things drain your willpower so you can’t resist the pantry at 8pm every night.
- Diets don’t teach you how to eat in the real world
If you turn into Patrick Star and live under a rock, some of these diets will work. But most of us live in the real world, and there are social obligations where food choices won’t be the best: birthday parties, nights out with friends, weddings, company holiday parties, etc.
If the only thing you can eat on your diet is chicken and broccoli, and neither of those are at the event, then you have two choices. 1) bring a bag of chicken and broccoli and get weird looks from everyone or 2) have the knowledge to know how much you should eat of the lobster mac and cheese and feel satisfied.
Unfortunately, diets don’t teach you that so most people end up blowing their diet and getting discouraged.
All diets result in fat loss, in fact, studies show that when calories and protein are equated for, all diets work about the same. But lifestyle changes and finding a “diet” that works for you will be the only thing that takes the weight off and keeps it off for good.
Next time you see an ad for the next fad keto, low-carb, zone, or any other diet, ask yourself if the diet is going to be how you’d like to live forever. If it’s not, don’t do it.
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