What is nutrition, and why does it matter?
This month we are going to consider why most diets fail and eventually lead to weight regain, but not all!
One of the things I’m passionate about is trying to get people to understand WHY many diets fail. A big reason is not because the diet itself doesn’t work, but because
People don’t look at it as a lifestyle change but rather simply as a diet with a defined beginning and end. That mindset will almost always lead to weight relapse and
People choose unsustainable diets. I find that I get weird looks when people are doing extreme diets & I say “can you see yourself eating this way for 5 years?” They usually respond with a baffled look. This relates back to point 1. If the method is unsustainable as a lifestyle then the results will be unsustainable.
The fact is there is no one particular diet that is superior to another diet overall for accomplishing this. That is because what feels sustainable for one person may be completely unsustainable for another.
What do successful weight loss maintainers have in common? Several systematic reviews have identified various traits (this detail can be found in-depth in Layne Norton’s book “Fat Loss For Ever”). Five that I think are of extreme importance are:-
Self-monitoring. That which does not ger measured does not get modified. Most successful weight loss maintainers weigh themselves regularly. I’m not saying you must do this to lose weight & keep it off. But most successful people do. You just have to look at it as data & not tie your identity to it. This characteristic makes sense. If you start trending back up, you’ll see it & take appropriate action.
Cognitive restrain: whether it’s macro/calories tracking, intermittent fasting, low carb, low fat etc. you must use some form of restraint. You should choose the form of restraint that feels the least restrictive. For me that is macro tracking with an app such as MyFitnessPal.
Exercise. While the calorie burn from exercise is relatively low, exercise appears to help limit weight regain through increasing your sensitivity to satiety signals. Plus it’s just good overall for you.
Good quality sleep around 7/8 hours a night with around 90 mins of deep sleep.
Manage your stress levels and learn how to breath.
Weight loss is not difficult! There’s just a right way and a wrong way to go about it…..good luck with your health goals.
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