Despite the growing scientific evidence and growing obesity rates, diets claiming fast and easy weight loss and the perfect body are still allowed to be promoted as a solution. These types of diets don’t work and need to be regulated. They are dangerous and people who are struggling with their weight deserve proper assistance. As some obesity doctors, who are calling for the weight loss industry to be regulated, wrote in an article, “Before we can truly address the devastating obesity epidemic, we must first stem the centuries-old flow of snake oil”. (Read full article HERE)
Not only do fad diets not work, they are part of the problem. What ends up happening when you go on one of these diets is that you do lose weight, but you always end up gaining the weight back, plus more. You then proceed to go on another diet to lose weight, only to gain it back again. Up and down you go. Hence, the term “yo-yo” dieting. On a recent radio program that was discussing whether or not offering free diet programs to teens was an appropriate intervention, I heard one of the speakers say, “This is not a good idea because dieting is the number one predictor of weight gain”. (Read more of this article HERE)
This “yo-yo” dieting has a devastating impact not only on your waistline, but also your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Since you end up gaining lots of weight, this puts you at risk for various diseases and cancers. As well, because you end up failing at your goal, you lose your self-esteem and motivation to even try to eat healthy.
I, myself, “yo-yo” dieted for over 20 years. After I once again regained the weight plus more, I finally realized the diet approach does not work. I spent the next 10 years of my life searching inside and outside myself for the truth about why diets don’t work and how you can really lose and maintain your weight. What I learned is that any program making claims they can help you lose weight has to address your negative thinking about yourself/body and your unhealthy emotional eating habits. If a diet program does not offer this type of help, it is a set up for failure and self-destruction.
How can you talk about weight loss and eating healthy without addressing the automatic, strong, deep-rooted, destructive thinking and destructive eating habits that sabotage your best efforts? You need to focus on changing your relationship with yourself and food, rather than trying to lose X amount of weight in X amount of time. Telling people what to eat and how to exercise is the easy part, teaching people how to do it for the long-term is the hard part.
Losing and maintaining weight is slow and hard work and is not fast and easy. “Experts” saying anything otherwise is naive at best, and negligent at worst. People need to be made aware of this so they are not constantly disappointed and destroyed by failed expectations and unrealistic results. The first step in addressing your weight issues is to stop following diets. The proof as they say, is in the pudding.
Stay tuned for my next blog about why diets don’t work.