8 Reasons Diets Don't Work
Why a Quick Fix Approach to Fitness & Weight Loss Doesn’t Work!
Everyone wants a miracle pill, tea, diet, and workout! The answer is, there isn’t one. It all comes down to a lifelong commitment and holistic approach to how you’re moving your body and what you’re shoving in your face but no one wants to hear that because that means work, not something that can be bought. You can’t fail to notice the next ‘hot’ product promising rapid results on social media, in magazines, or on the TV. I’m not saying they’re useless, many of these products and workouts do actually work and you may see rapid results BUT that’s just what they do. Rapid, short-term results which might be perfect for your vacation or wedding (if they aren’t harmful) but if you’re looking for long-term results; you’re looking in the wrong place.
Are you going to stick to that diet or workout? It is realistic? Will the rebound put you in a worse place that you started and be mentally and physically upsetting? What these ads don’t show you is what happens after the rapid results. These results will only last until you go back to what you were doing before. So, if you’re looking for more than a temporary fix, rather than crash dieting or taking the newest product of the moment, why not take the slower approach for long-lasting results?
Yes, this means a little more planning ahead and not panicking a week before the big event but once you’ve created the habit it’s hard to turn back away from the results and optimal health you’ve earned.
If you’ve really left it too late, you can always use something kinder to your body like a scrub, detox wrap, dandelion root, saunas, etc. for a temporary fix. Then you can start on your long term plan to maintain and improve results when you have the time to prevent gaining all of the weight back as quickly as you lost it, or any of the detrimental side effects.
Still need convincing? Here are our Top 8 Reasons why a quick fix is not for you (or anybody):
1. THE RESULTS DON’T LAST
As soon as you go back to your old habits, you can say hello again to those extra pounds you lost, often along with a few extra.
2. WELCOME TO CRANKY-VILLE
When you don’t provide your body with the nutritional energy you need, you end up with sugar highs, lows, and chemical imbalances. Not only that, but when you’re tired you’re far less likely to want to work out. Which only makes your chances of a lean, toned physique, and healthy cardiovascular system further from reach.
3. SAGGY SKIN
Your skin can’t keep up with rapid loss of weight. It begins to sag, giving you that skinny fat look rather than a tight, toned physique. In world where we’re trying to prevent aging, nothing is more ageing or unflattering than saggy skin. Oh…and did we mention stretch marks from the weight loss, gain, loss, gain cycle!
4. LOSS OF MUSCLE MASS
If you put your body into starvation mode by consuming too few calories, especially those from protein, your body starts to dip into your protein reserves for energy. The more muscle mass you lose, the less calories you’ll need, as you’re metabolic rate decreases. Nooo, we want that muscle mass to look toned and keep the metabolism high! The aim is to lose fat, not muscle. This is achieved through a moderate diet that provides your body with everything it needs and to minimize the crap it doesn’t…and yes we need carbs, fats, and proteins but the right versions of all of these.
5. BINGE EATING-GUILT CYCLE
If you’re crash dieting and starving yourself, you’re far more likely to have cravings that you give into than if you’re eating frequent satisfying meals. Your binges often offset any weight you’ve lost by cramming excess calories in and putting your head in a really bad state of guilt. Let’s face it, no one binges on salad; it’s normally something high carb, fat, and/or sugar.
6. NEGATIVE SELF IMAGE
In this era of airbrushing, Photoshop and Insta-perfection, we beat ourselves up enough about what we look like. Binge eating and yo-yo dieting can lead to a negative self-image. You’ll also get frustrated at not being able to achieve the body you’re looking to achieve so stop it already!
7. HEALTH RELATED NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY PROBLEMS
Skipping meals and limiting certain macros (carbs, proteins, fats) is a sure fire way to get into a nutritional deficit which can lead to many short and long term consequences.
8. POOR HAIR AND SKIN
Another problem with fast weight loss is that it can cause hair loss and skin issues. When you go into calorie deficit or don’t get all of your macros, you begin to lack vitamins, minerals and fatty acids which are all needed for healthy hair and skin.
Convinced? We want you to achieve long-term results and love the skin you’re in. The New Year is always a time to get your goals and plans in place so why not write down some goals with realistic plans and timeframes. Make it a lifestyle you can commit to and enjoy not endure and let’s stop looking for the next miracle; it doesn’t exist.
About the Author:
Eve Dawes is a fitness professional, WBFF Pro, NASM & REPS certified trainer, and Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics an all-natural, cruelty-free cosmetics line. Follow her on: