There are so many weight loss diet plans out there, and if you’re trying to lose weight it’s easy to get disillusioned after trying diet after diet with no results, or with yo-yo diet results.
Instead of falling victim to any more of these short term weight loss plans, here is why many of them don’t work and how you can move to a healthy eating plan that will help you achieve and maintain a healthy state.
1 – Reinforce Negative Feelings
Since most diet plans focus on avoiding certain foods, they create negativity in your mind. You’re not allowed to eat a brownie because it’s too much fat, or chocolate, or sugar, or carbohydrates or points. They set up a situation where you feel deprived.
If you turn this around and focus on getting more healthy foods in your diet, that are loaded with nutrients, you will gradually crave those other foods less. If you simply cut out bad foods without increasing good ones, your body will still be craving nutrients or foods.
2 – Lack Of Transition From A Weight Loss Diet Plan To A Maintenance Eating Plan
Weight loss programs that are effective work by creating an imbalance in your diet. The reason your body carries extra weight is because it is out of balance, so a diet to correct that imbalance needs to be imbalanced itself.
However, the problem with these diet plans is that there isn’t always a strategy to maintain your healthy weight balance, and the pendulum swings back out.
To find a long term healthy diet plan, it needs to become a habit and something that you feel comfortable maintaining. You can’t live your life always feeling deprived. You can make adjustments as you go, and usually a healthy diet meal plan works out to become healthier as you get used to it.
3 – Any Extreme Weight Loss Diet Plan is Unsustainable
When there is imbalance in weight, diet and exercise need to be imbalanced to correct your body to a healthy weight. However, there are lots of plans that take this too far and advocate an extreme diet plan that will give extreme results. These can take the form of low carb, low fat, high fat, low protein, or a combination of these.
Some of these can be effective initially, although they can result in loss through muscle rather than fat, and usually plateau. They also don’t always provide enough of the energy your body needs to sustain itself and its functions, which comes from carbohydrates.
Diets for quick weight reduction that are too extreme will usually cause a bounce back when you either can’t stick with the diet or try to go back to a normal diet. A better strategy is to adopt a balanced diet plan that reinforces healthy eating habits you can maintain. I advocate a healthy vegetarian diet plan or vegan diet plan or perhaps a small amount of meat as your starting point. Then you just need to know what eat instead.
Understanding of the major failings of weight loss programs, and how to work on your goals in a healthier way, will help you find a weight loss diet plan that works for you.
Heather Nauta is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who helps women (and men) get on and stay on a healthy diet and healthy weight loss plan. She shows you how to make simple, fast, incredibly delicious, nutritionally-balanced meals that leave you and your family satisfied and full of energy.
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