Why Fad Diets Just Don’t Work, because they are not healthy!
A fad diet is an eating plan that becomes popular quickly.
They become popular quickly mostly because they do produce short-term weight loss. However, most do not result in long-term weight loss success. They are often unhealthy and, in fact, some fad diets can severely jeopardize your health.
The word ”diet’ does not exist in my dictionary anymore. I used to “diet” yes, and dieting was always so miserable, I was always starving, always limiting, obsessing, it can drive you mad!
I am sure most of you know exactly what I mean, and just the thought of having to “diet” brings your mood down.
There are so many so-called “diets” like Keto, Paleo, The Atkins, and the list goes on. I lost track now, and I don’t know which one did what anymore. One had only protein, the other one would cut carbs completely, and all sorts.
I won’t even begin to talk about these ‘detox’ diets which are incredibly unhealthy.
Most of these fad diets promise you quick results. Fad diets usually work in the short term for quick weight loss but not long term for sustainable weight loss. They are usually hard to follow and lead to the return of the lost pounds.
Not to mention how unhealthy they are, most of them would require you to cut out certain food groups completely.
So, pardon my french, but all of these diets are full of shit.
I hate to break it to you, but anything that says “quick” or easy, is either very unhealthy or brings only temporary results. A diet that requires you to cut any food group is not a healthy diet.
We need Fats, Carbohydrates, and Protein in order to function properly and in a healthy way.
If people only knew how simple it actually is to lose weight.
It all comes down to how much you eat. It all comes down to how much calories you consume during the day.
If you are in a calorie deficiency by the end of the day, you will lose weight; if you are not in a calorie deficiency – you will gain weight, simple as that.
You can eat all the “forbidden” foods without gaining any excess weight, and without starving yourself! Let me explain how to do exactly that!
Let me give you a couple of rules I stuck by when I was on my journey of losing weight in a healthy permanent way:
1. Don’t Stay hungry For A Long Period Of Time!
Even if that means going over the calorie limit for your day. Trust me, you won’t be doing your body any favor if you starve yourself.
Starving yourself will not only slow your metabolism, but it will drive you mad and will increase the chances of dropping everything and just overeating and picking any snack that’s on your way.
2. Don’t Diet!
And don’t follow any specific diets, like Keto, Detox Diets, The Alkaline, and all that crap that’s been selling nowadays on the market.
Dieting emphasizes food as “good” or “bad” and increases food obsessions. It does not teach healthy eating habits and rarely focuses on the nutritional value of foods and the benefit of regulated eating. Unsatisfied hunger increases mood swings and risk of overeating
4. Crave something? Eat it!
…but in moderation!
When people go on a ‘diet’ they immediately say to themselves, “Oh that’s it, I am not allowed ice-cream or this and that anymore”
That’s an unhealthy mindset that will lead to a quick failure of your ‘diet’. Restricting yourself from all the ‘bad’ foods will eventually lead to indulging in them in large amounts.
As I mentioned above, cutting food groups out of your diet is not healthy.
I am not saying that ice-cream is particularly important or healthy, but what I mean is, that seriously cutting out carbohydrates, fats, protein, or the occasional sweet treat is not healthy for you, and for your human needs.
4. No forbidden foods, but have common sense and be mindful!
And remember why you are here and where you want to go, so limiting French fries and cakes is one of the ways to losing weight successfully and in a healthy way!
You need to make this your lifestyle and if you want to lose weight permanently or just be in a healthy weight, where you feel good, beautiful and healthy, this will take some time and a bit more self-control.
Let’s have a quick example of a healthy way of starting to lose weight.
NOTE: Everyone is different, and how much calories you need per day is a very individual number, and I can’t specifically tell you, without knowing some of your details. These will include, your height or weight.
This is only a basic example!
Now, I am assuming that you are consuming a lot more calories than you need/or you realize you do.
So the first week, we are going to go for an amount of calories that’s enough to sustain your current weight. You might think all this food is so much less than compared to what you usually eat, and with this amount of calories, you are not even going to lose weight!
That is why we are going to prepare you, by slowly cutting down on calories.
If for example, your weight maintenance calorie limit is 1,800 calories, the first week, you will eat 1,800 calories a day, so that you sustain your current weight.
• The second week, eat 1,600 calories a day, and this is the week you will start losing weight! If you go to the gym this week, you can eat 1,750 calories if you feel really hungry after workouts.
You won’t see results very quickly, because you haven’t cut out too many calories, you will still lose weight, but you will lose weight slowly, and in a healthy more permanent way. So try to be patient!
Losing weight quickly is a one-way ticket to gaining it back quickly. Not to mention the starvation you are going to go through.
• Limit all the junk, highly processed foods. I understand you may have cravings because think of all this as a detox or the “come down” from drugs, your brain is like “where did all the pleasure of eating junk food just went? Get it back!” So, with time, and determination and a bit of will, you will crave less and less.
• Try to eat healthy snacks between meals. An apple is sweet enough to replace the afternoon sugar craving of Snickers. Or try some of our healthy guilt-free sweet snacking recipes:
—–> Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies
—–> No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites
—–> Stuffed Dates With Nut Butter
• Drink water!
Seriously, there is nothing nonbeneficial about water. It hydrates you, makes you feel full. Hydration has a major effect on energy levels and brain function.
Drinking More Water Can Help With Weight Loss! This is due to the fact that water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate.
In two studies, drinking half a liter of water was shown to increase metabolism by 24-30% for up to 1.5 hours.
This means that drinking 2 liters of water every day can increase your total energy expenditure by up to 96 calories per day.
The timing is important too and drinking water half an hour before meals are the most effective. It can make you feel more full so that you eat fewer calories.
After only just two weeks, of following these steps, your taste buds will start changing, your skin will clear up, your hair will be glossy and shiny, you will feel more energized and would have lost some weight!
Have a scroll through our recipes and ideas that will get you to your desired weight in a healthy way, and without any starvation and diets!