WHY “DIETS” DON’T WORK

A lot of experts will say “diets don’t work”, and then put you on a diet!

Truth be told, diets do work…at least partially.  Let me explain.

There are all kinds of diets out there that cause weight loss. Low carb, low fat, low calorie. Grapefruit diet, lemonade diet, etc.  I could go on.  Many of these diets will cause weight loss and sometimes quite rapidly. But we’re not after weight loss. We’re after pure fat loss, something that can only be done if we raise our RMR (resting metabolic rate) long enough throughout each and every day.  This is done through proper exercise as we’ve already discovered, and through proper eating. It cannot be done, however, when following 99% of the popular fad or crash diet plans out there.

These diets often cause weight loss, not just from fat stores, but from muscle as well.

This crushes your RMR and makes it super easy to gain fat back once the person goes off of the diet…which will happen eventually.

I’m not making a bold statement when I say no one in the history of diets has ever stayed on a fad/crash diet for the rest of their lives.  This basically means that while you might lose weight initially, you are hampering your metabolism and just setting yourself up for fat regeneration once you come off the diet.  Then, largely because of the stress your are putting your body through, you’ll probably gain more fat than you had before because your body is less efficient at using calories with its not lower RMR.

That is why fad and crash diets don’t work.  So, no more super low carb, low fat or restrictive low calorie nonsense.  No more timing your eating to the exact minute on the clock or obsessing over calorie counting.  No more meal points, shakes from a can, or cabbage soup eating plans.  Throw them all away!

Humans have been eating regular food for a long time, and we’ve managed to achieve healthy, lean bodies without all of this junk before…and we can do it now.

How?  It all starts with looking at nutrition from a much different angle than you’re probably used to hearing about.

Catherine Sanson

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