Why is it that we don't often challenge the status quo ways to losing weight, or how we understand the role of food and nutrition in our daily lives?
Anyone who has ever contemplated losing weight has tried one diet or another. Paleo, low-carb, low-sugar, vegan, juicing, and fasting are amongst some of the most popular diets out there. And there's a reason why they either don't work for some, or they work for a while before people gain the weight back.
The reason is, those are all diets and diets don't work. Here's the logic behind that:
Reason #1: DIETS FORCE YOUR CALORIC INTAKE TOO LOW
- Most diets allow your total caloric intake to drop below what is called your Resting Metabolic Rate, which is the calories you need to simply function.
- If you eat less than your Resting Metabolic Rate, your body goes into starvation mode thinking you are actually starving, and slows down your metabolism for survival (in other words, to try and keep you alive!).
Reason #2: DIETS MAKE YOU FAT
- When people are actually able to lose weight on diets, about 50% of that lost weight is fat, and the other 50% loss is actually muscle.
- Muscles burn 70 TIMES more calories than fat. So, when people lose weight on a diet and then gain the weight back, it's almost all in fat cells.
- This process messes up your metabolism completely by changing your body composition in terms of fat to muscle ratio.
Reason #3: DIETS ARE NOT INDIVIDUALIZED TO YOUR NEEDS
- Nutritional science tells us that each body is built uniquely and processes food in different ways.
- When companies market to the masses one-size-fits-all diets, they're not designed for your needs.
- Protein is an essential macronutrients required for your body and organs to function. Some bodies—depending on your blood type, metabolism, body composition—respond better to eating animal-based proteins and other bodies prefer plant-based protein. Diets don't consider nutritional factors like these.
Reason #4: DIETS RESTRICT AND LIMIT
- Diets are made up of rules, restrictions, and limiting lists of do's and don'ts. This just is not sustainable for an enjoyable lifestyle.
- Your body is constantly evolving and your nutrition habits must be responsive to those changing needs.
Weight loss should not involve rules or diets. Your weight loss journey can be an opportunity for you to understand your body and nutritional needs better. Your journey is a chance for you to learn to improve your health.