The scientific community are unanimous in agreeing that undertaking fad diets or popping a few pills is not a long-term weight loss solution. But, why are they so ineffective? All fad diets and magic pills follow a similar mantra – they offer a one size fits all approach.
This one size fits all simply does not work. We are all different, with different lifestyles and different physical needs. You often see early weight loss, which in the long term is simply unsustainable. That early weight loss is usually water loss, which can lead to dehydration, that can have implications to your health.
What fad diets do to your body
When your body is in calorific deficit you can experience the effects of dehydration, you will be left feeling exhausted. This is not sustainable long term. Fad diets often cut out foods that provide a healthy balance. At some point your body will go into starvation mode whereby any foods eaten are stored rather than used and muscle starts to get burned off.
Therefore, fad diets and magic potions are simply not sustainable in the long term. The consequence, people give up and end up over eating to compensate for the physical and mental deficiencies, resulting in putting the weight back on.
What does effective dieting look like?
The key to healthy weight loss is simply a numbers game. The body needs a certain number of calories to simply function, and further calories to carry out day to day activities. If the number of calories you consume each day exceeds those used you will gain weight. If the calories used leaves you in deficit, you will lose weight. Safe, managed calorific deficit is the key to sustainable healthy weight loss.
Change your lifestyle, so that exercise and eating healthy whole foods in the correct portions becomes the norm for you. Your food plan should be balanced with the right levels of macro nutrients for protein, carbohydrates and fats. There are plenty of good gadgets available that can track and monitor your achievements as you progress.
Most people know that fad diets and pills offering miracle weight loss results are unrealistic but, the desire to find a quick fix solution often outweighs common sense. The only way to long-term sustainable and healthy weight loss is to make the necessary lifestyle changes that allow you to follow an enjoyable diet and exercise routine which fits your life.