Why "Dieting" Wrecks Your Fat Loss Efforts

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2019

In hopes of losing weight, some people are turning to restrictive diets or the latest diet craze where the list of what you CAN’T have is much longer than what you CAN have. Unfortunately, these fad diets can actually jeopardize your health. Let’s take a closer look at the potential dangers. 


What is a Restrictive Diet?


A restrictive diet essentially limits you from eating certain foods. While some restrictive diets may require you to abstain from eating meat, others may frown upon consuming carbohydrates. Regardless, the overall goal is usually to consume fewer calories than normal.


Why Are Overly Restrictive Diets So Bad?

 

So, what’s the problem? Here are some reasons why you want to avoid restrictive diets as much as possible – unless it is needed for a health issue or food allergy.


1. Triggers Overeating


The overwhelming majority of restrictive diets fail to work. In fact, they often cause people to overeat. When deprived of food, your body naturally starts to go into hunger mode. It doesn’t takes long before most people hit their breaking point. 

2. Causes You to Miss Out on Important Nutrients 


In order to maintain optimum health, your body needs to receive all of the required nutrients. When eating a restrictive diet, you’ll definitely be missing out on some key vitamins and minerals. Not only will can a nutrient deficiency weaken the immune system, but it may also lead to muscle loss. Of course, the likelihood of you developing certain diseases increases dramatically. 

3. Negatively Impacts Your Metabolism


Restrictive diets can cause your metabolism to slow down. This means you won’t be burning calories nearly as quickly. Instead of losing weight, you may actually end up packing on more pounds. Your energy level is bound to take a big hit as well. 


Signs Your Diet Is Too Restrictive


If you’re constantly stressing over every single calorie, this is a tell-tale sign your diet is too restrictive. You should also consider your personal happiness. When simply eating a meal becomes a source of a source of anxiety, it’s time to seek a healthier way of life. 


Ways to Avoid Restrictive Diets

One of the best ways to avoid a restrictive diet is to abide by focusing on balance of nutrients. This will help you to eat a wide range of wholesome foods. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains. While there is nothing wrong with treating yourself every so often, try to avoid consuming too many sugary snacks and high trans-fat dishes. 

To maintain an ideal weight, you should stay active. Exercising regularly is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. However, you don’t have to perform any seriously intense activities. Some recommended low-impact exercises include swimming, circuit training, power yoga, and cycling. 

Overcoming a dieting mentality takes time. There are those types of gals out there that can cold-turkey their way into a more healthier style of living (meaning quit dieting on a dime), but then there's also the gals who struggle with this.

There are a few things you can do to overcome a dieting mentality:

  1. dive deep into your why - what is the BIG reason you want to lose weight and be healthier. Just saying you want to lose weight to be happy isn't enough. You've done the "surface" reason for dieting long enough and it hasn't served you.

    It's time to get real, get deep and proudly discover your reasons (yup, there should be more than one) why you want to get the weight off and then research ways to do so that don't include removing food from your life aka dieting

  2. seek help - we can't do everything on our own.

    For some of us, the reason(s) why we diet are deep seated from childhood. For instance, maybe you were called fat as a child. WORDS HURT! And that kind of emotional scaring can last a lifetime.

    Or maybe your own doctor told you to "cut back" on food aka diet. It literally makes me shake my head when my own clients tell me this. Girl, whatever it is, I feel your pain. And I also feel the need to tell you that you may need to seek counselling to help you overcome these mental and emotional issues.

    THERE IS NO SHAME IN SEEKING HELP FOR THIS!

    Let's be real for a second, if you could "fix" this on your own, you would have by now. Also, it's not a matter of being "fixed"! It's a matter of seeking information on how to deal with these kinds of issues.


  3. read everything you can get your hands on about healthy and clean eating. Forget eating keto or going paleo for now. Skip the vegetarian cookbooks that promise to help you "shed 15 lbs in 3 weeks"!

    Learn about nutrition and how it affects your body.

    I mean, you only have one, right? Don't you think you should know how it works and how to keep it healthy? And before you complain that you're "just not into this kind of stuff", it doesn't have to be all "sciencey" (although if that's your style, that's totes cool too! It's my style as well). Try this book OR this book to get you started if you have no clue on how to eat healthy and NOT diet.

The idea is to recognize where you are right now, and forgive yourself too. Then, you need to take action. Nothing will change about your life until you try something new, something different, something else. 

It may be difficult. Not gonna lie. But wouldn't you rather go through some tough stuff NOW in order to HEAL yourself so that the REST OF YOUR LIFE can be...better/healthier/happier?

I think so too. <3


Wish you could stop thinking about sugar all the time?

Wish you could strengthen your willpower when the late-night sugar cravings hits?

Wonder if you could live a life where you can say "no" to sugar most of the time, but still be able to enjoy it sometimes without going off the rails and onto a sugar binge?

Girl, sugar doesn't have to be the boss of you anymore!

Take my free 5 day Sugar-Free Challenge now. For 5 days I'll help you kick sugar cravings, while showing you what foods are ok, in moderation (hello dark chocolate!) ;)

It's up to you - suffer one more week with crazy cravings and no willpower to donuts, candy, soda and ice cream ... or learn how to control sugar in your life.

Try for free now.

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