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Why Diets Don't Work
By Paul Duncan   
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Last edited: Monday, November 26, 2007
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2007

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There is no such thing as easy weight loss.If diets worked then nobody would be overweight.

With so many diets and weight loss products available today, you would think that obesity and weight related problems would be a thing of the past. However the fact remains that weight related problems are on the increase at an alarming rate. This is clear proof that dieting in its conventional form just won’t work for the majority of people who are overweight.

Look for weight loss products on the internet and you will see hundreds of companies making ridiculous claims about the products that they are trying to offload onto you. In their adverts they will throw in words like:

Amazing, New, Fantastic, Incredible, Revolutionary, Astonishing, Astounding, Guaranteed, Breakthrough, Scientific, Extraordinary.

These words are meant to appeal to your desperation to lose weight, and sadly they often result in people handing over their money for products which are never going to work for them. Try to think of how many weight loss products you or people you know have purchased in the past that haven’t worked. I’m sure you will know what I am talking about.

You will also find that many companies offer endorsements and scientific data from so called medical professionals. Most of these professionals are well paid for their endorsements. Think about it, if I said to you that I would pay you ten thousand dollars just for saying my product was great, would you refuse to take my money?

People see these extraordinary claims and think “wow! This could work for me; look at all the scientific evidence”. So they hand over their cash and in a month or so they find themselves back to square one.

If you look closely you will find these words hidden away somewhere in the advertisement “results may vary”. You will often have to look hard for these words, but I can assure you that they will be there.

This is a clever way for companies to wash their hands of any accountability. If they are so sure that they can deliver what their advertisements promise why do they need to add these words? They do it because they know that what they are selling is not going to work for the majority and if you complain they can say “it does say in the small print that results could vary”.

Be very way of companies that promise you miraculous results because weight loss doesn’t come under the realm of miracles. The fact behind weight loss is a simple one:

“Burning more Calories than you Consume ═ Weight Loss

There is no new method or product that will change the formula above. It has always been that way and it will always be that way, regardless of what people try to sell you.

The main problem that people have is not losing weight, but keeping the weight off. The very word ‘diet’ conjures up something of a temporary nature. You go on a diet for a certain length of time, maybe lose some weight, you feel happier, and then you come off it. Soon the weight comes back, and you go through the same process again and again, until you finally just give up.

Dieting is a short term solution for what is often a long term problem, so it is not an effective method for weight loss in the long term. The reason why dieting will never work in the long term is because most diets are based on a large cutback in calories. If you are used to a certain lifestyle it stands to reason that any drastic change will be an unexpected shock to your body and mind. This is why it is so hard to stick to a diet.

When you take up jogging for instance, you will not be capable of running a marathon in a few weeks. Your body and your mind will need time to adjust to what you are doing. When it comes to losing weight people expect to see long lasting results in a short time. This is never going to happen as you are not giving yourself the time to adjust to the new methods.

If you are used to eating 4000 calories a day and you drop down to 2000 a day, what do you think will happen? You may struggle through for a week or two but your body and your mind will fight you every step of the way until you give up and go back to eating 4000 calories a day.

If however if you were to just cut your calories by 250-400 a day, it would be much easier as it won’t come as such a shock to your body. It would be able to handle this adjustment without too much complaint. After about a month or so your body and you mind will get used to this loss of calories, and then you make another small adjustment.

You need to ease yourself into making changes to your diet and exercise if you want to succeed in losing weight for good. A quick fix is never going to be the answer, simply because no matter what you see advertised, there is no quick fix. Accept this and then you will be able to lose weight without torturing yourself.

Forget all the fad diets and all the rash promises that companies make to you. At the end of the day everyone who is in business wants your money and many unscrupulous companies will promise you the earth to get it.

Deep down you and I both know that losing weight can be difficult and it is not something that you will succeed at in a matter of weeks. Accept the fact that it took time for you to get where you are today and accept the fact that it will take time to change that situation.

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Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse 8/2/2008
Yes, losing weight is a challenge if the person wanting to lose weights only diets until reaching a goal and returns to the diet that caused them to be overweight in the first place. When I was thirty-six in 1981, I transitioned from the traditional unhealthy America diet to become a vegan. My weight plunged from 215 to 165 and is now level at between 180 and 190. I didn’t exercise prior to the transaction. Now I exercise regularly and haven’t deviated from it. I‘m still a vegan twenty-seven years later. So, I didn't diet. I changed my lifestyle and stuck with it. For anyone that wants to lose weight and keep the weight off, it isn't a diet that they need. They should consider changing their lifestyle. And yes, it does take time. My change took an entire year. IT also takes discipline to stick with it.

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