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Nother Article I Found Interesting ...
When The Right Diet Isn't Really A Diet
by Jill Miller
Researches now say that that Atkins and other low-carbohydrate
diets do not help when it comes to staying thin. In a comparison
between low-carbohydrate, low fat and reduced calorie diets, all
participants started to regain weight after six months, and by
twelve months there was little difference between the groups.
"There is no clear evidence that Atkins-style diets are better
than any others for helping people stay slim, despite the
popularity and apparent success of the Atkins diet," says
Professor Arne Astrup of RVA University in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ok…so maybe this is a bit melodramatic, but it drives home a
point. We are living in a world of dietary confusion, a Land of
Oz and make-believe, where facts are hard to find and commercial
diets aim to keep us in a confused state and distract us from
the truth. This is just one of the many barriers that people
face when trying to lose weight.
So how are we expected to deal with all this dietary
misinformation? Here is a suggestion. Ignore the hype, find a
safe and healthy diet that makes good common sense, and stay
with the plan for life. While this might not seem like any great
revelation, it’s amazing how many dieters beat their heads against
the wall struggling to lose weight, hoping that “this time” the
results will be different. My friend, if this describes your
experience with dieting, you are following the wrong plan and
need to consider a different approach.
Think back for a moment about how many times you have heard that
to lose weight you must be “disciplined” in your approach. Or to
put it another way, to lose weight you must be willing to just
give up eating your favorite foods (like ice cream) and dining
at your favorite places (yes, those fast foods are definitely out
of the question). If this ill-advice actually worked, The U.S.
National Center for Health Statistics would no longer rank
obesity as one of their leading health problems!!
It’s not that Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach or any other
weight loss plan can’t help us to lose weight. Ask almost anybody,
and they will tell you it’s a snap to lose a few pounds. And, in
fact, it is! We have no problem at all losing weight on virtually
any diet. The problem surfaces its ugly head when we step on the
scale six months down the road. Our high hopes and aspirations
for losing weight get crushed when we realize that our weight,
like the prodigal son of Biblical report, has found its way back
Take a moment to consider this fact: According to a nationwide
survey (Gardenburger Inc.) it is estimated that more than three-
quarters of all women between the ages of 25 and 54 make a
decision to lose weight each year. In this same survey, nine out
of ten respondents reported disappointing long-term results (some
respondents actually gained weight instead).
You see, losing weight is easy! Anyone on basically any diet can
lose weight. The difficult and tricky part is in keeping the pounds
from creeping back-on over time.
We’ve been misled with just about every possible explanation and
cause for gaining weight, ad-infinitum. If it’s not our lack of
commitment, then it’s our low self esteem, failing to plan, or
for some other reason. You name it, and there’s an explanation
out there! But, the truth be known, when it comes to getting and
staying slim, most of these “explanations” don’t make much sense.
What really, really matters in the long run is whether our
everyday eating habits and energy intake are in-balance with
our everyday energy expenditure.
The reason 95% of commercial diets eventually fail is because
they violate this simple principle. They are designed for the
“quick fix”, not for normal everyday eating that can last a
lifetime. Most commercial diets require additional time and effort
to start and follow, and worse, attempt to deprive us of our
favorite foods and stop us from eating at our favorite restaurants.
With our busy schedules and increasing demands both at home and
work, trying to find even an extra 10 minutes a day can be a
challenge. Spending hours, or even days trying to adjust to a
new diet plan is not only unrealistic, but is a total waste of
We all love the novelty and intrigue of trying something
different and starting the next new “fad” diet plan is no
exception. But unfortunately, the outcome for most of these
plans is unsatisfactory. Once the novelty and excitement wear
off we’re usually right back to where we started.
Attempts to force-fit changes in our diet generally follow a
pattern that goes something like this…
- We start a new diet program. Excitement runs high, we are
motivated to the max, the pounds are dropping like crazy, and
the World is a wonderful place.
- Our busy schedule gets even busier. There are kids to take
care of, bosses to satisfy, and of course there are always
those new diet guidelines to learn and follow.
- At some point we find ourselves smack-dab in the middle of
a time management crisis, and looking for ways to save time.
- We decide to skip a few of the time consuming “special”
diet meals and recipes “just this once”.
- Our “stash” of diet foods starts getting depleted, there’s
no time for a full-blown grocery shopping experience, and we
make the inevitable run to our local convenience store instead
(oops……how did those snacks get into the grocery cart anyhow?).
…and so goes the story. We soon find that the restrictions,
regulations and requirements of our new diet are incompatible
with our normal eating habits. Before we even realize what’s
happening we’re back to our old unhealthy, but more convenient
way of eating. And the pile of dieting books and other special
dieting paraphernalia we spend our hard earned money buying
continues to grow.
The moral of the story is this; beware of diets that come loaded
with all sorts of gimmicky and strange requirements and attempt
to change our normal eating behavior. They are doomed to failure
right from the start.
Find a diet that is practical, nutritious and in-balance with
your everyday energy requirements. Do this, and you are guaranteed
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