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Are you constantly losing weight but then putting it back on and maybe more? It’s time you stop and evaluate your reasons for wanting to lose weight and how you go about it. An article by written by Marsha Hudnall, MD, RDN, CD gives 8 good reasons why dieting is a fail when it comes to a lasting, long-term weight loss.
Weight Loss Through Dieting Is Temporary
A large majority of people who lose weight through dieting end up regaining all the weight. Does this sound like you? As many as 60% of those gain back more weight than they lost. When this is done repeatedly like many women who struggle with weight do — the yoyo dieting can actually cause you to gain weight over time to a level that goes beyond your set point weight, or the weight that best supports your body.
Dieting Trains Your Brain to Make Food Harder to Resist
Yes it is a true survival mechanism. We jave to eat to live — calories are converted into energy, and we exist off of that energy. Without that energy, our bodies start to shut down. So when food is in short supply, hormones kick in that are designed to make sure you eat. Those hormones also make food taste better. The end result is a double jinx that makes food much harder to ignore.
Dieting Messes With Your Hunger and Satisfaction Cues
In the same way weight loss through dieting causes the hormones that are responsible for helping you feel full to drop while it is also causing the hormones that make you feel hungry to increase . What a curse! This is your body’s way of ensuring its survival. The body doesn’t know that food isn’t really scarce when you’re restricting it on purpose, it thinks it is facing a famine. Your body is trying to help you by gaining weight so that the next time you’re faced with a famine, you’ll have enough fat stored to get you through it.
Dieting Damages Your Relationship with Food
You don’t need anyone to tell you that this is true — you have experienced this yourself! When we’re on a diet, we struggle to understand what it means to approach food in a natural, spontaneous way. You don’t learn how to truly provide what is needed in the way of nutrients for your body to function properly. Instead, you’re in a constant push-pull, driven by your dissatisfaction with your body, between wanting to lose weight and learning how to feed yourself to support your body’s internal balance.
Dieting Causes Emotional Overeating, Leading to Dependence on Food to Manage Stress
Because our bodies are complex miniature ecosystems when there is disruptions in one hormone it creates disruptions in others. Eating a low-calorie diet can increase the levels of cortisol in our bodies and that is the hormone related to stress. In reality this might lead us to eat more by setting up a reward system in our brain. This can also lead to eating disorders such as binge eating disorder.
Dieting Causes Your Metabolism to Slow Down
This means that any calories you do eat are used more efficiently. This makes it not only harder to lose weight, but much easier to gain it back. And when gained back it is gained primarily as fat — which isn’t goal that people inten when going on a diet in the first place.
Diets Are Often Missing Important Nutrients That Are Essential to Health
When you are lacking these nutrients too long — including when you are on many popular diet programs that you may think are safe — you will probably find yourself less than healthy. This can also cause weight gain — it doesn’t have anything to do with calories, but everything to do with the body’s attempt to take care of itself by getting the vitamins and minerals that it needs.
Dieting Is Part of the Thin Ideal
The thin ideal is the culture that says that a women’s body must be lean with a small waist and no visible fat to be desirable. Sociocultural theorists and researchers have argued that the thin-ideal depicted in the media has become significantly thinner over the last several decades and, therefore, the discrepancy between the thin-ideal (i.e., 5’11”, 117lbs) and the average woman (i.e., 5’3/8″, 166.2lbs) has increased. This, when combined with the intense focus on dieting in our culture, has reportedly helped promote the current epidemic rates of eating disorders.
So if dieting isn’t the answer – – what is??? We will go into the answer in the next post. Have a wonderful start to your year and I will see you again soon!