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Why Diets Don’t Work

By Julie Fink
Posted On Apr 14, 2016
Why Diets Don’t Work

‘Getting my weight under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way.’
~Oprah Winfrey

Our culture stands itself up on diet pills, celebrity workouts, convenience food, and trendy diets to help us achieve our desired weight, but these quick fix solutions have backfired. The American population has reached its highest weight in history. Diets steer us away from our common sense all while eliciting few, if any, lasting results. Why?

Diets don’t work because:

  • Each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry, and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone?
  • They are too restrictive. People who fail on diet plans are NOT flawed or weak. Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body.
  • Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight and see diet as the only culprit; ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing that causes weight imbalances.

Fitness gurus, phycologists, modern medicine, and beyond can agree that the cause of all ‘dis-ease’ is what lies beneath. If you are overweight, your body is out of balance which is dictated by many factors. Celebrity trainer to Jennifer Lawrence, Dalton Wong says that the mind/body/soul regimen is the most important part.

“If your mind is in a positive or feel-good state, you will make better choices with your diet, your sleeping, your stress management, and your exercise. The physical part just helps accelerate everything,” he says adamantly in a recent interview with New You.

Diets are good as a supplement to a general health care routine. If you tackle weight loss from a multi-dimensional perspective, rather than it being one dimensional – i.e. I’ll eat right and loose weight – you’ll most likely get the results you intend.

A few examples of health factors you should be considering in a self-care plan IN ADDITION to dieting should include:

  • Knowing your genetics
  • Improving your cellular nutritional levels (antioxidants and carbohydrate metabolism)
  • Eating foods that protect your DNA (organic, high-quality fats, grass-fed meats, to name a few)
  • Avoid food that cause inflammation and destroy your gut (refined sugar, wheat, corn, processed foods, dairy, to name a few)
  • Take Digestive Enzymes
  • Daily Exercise
  • Spending quality time with friends, family, and loved ones
  • Emotional and mental health needs (may need to seek therapy, grief counseling, or something similar)
  • Spiritual well-being including a regular spiritual practice (Church, meditation, prayer, etc.)

These are just a few, but like I mentioned before, everyone is different and unique. Usually a tall tale sign that something is working for you, be it a diet, a trendy workout or recipe is that you could feel your body smiling.

Do what makes you glow from the inside out.

Resource: Thrive Wellness Center