Understanding Dieting

@kathy77 (7488)
Australia
February 14, 2007 4:22pm CST
Hi friends this is about dieting so I hope that you enjoy reading this one it is a bit long but very informatiave. Strictly speaking, diets don't fail, people fail to stick with a diet. Following any reduced calorie diet will result in weight loss. The problem is sticking with it. Unfortunately, most diets have built-in failures which trip up the dieter. Diets go wrong by being too restrictive. Many conventional diets demand a low calorie intake in order to lose weight. They are based on a simple concept: in order to lose weight one must eat less. Although true, for people who have a large amount of weight to lose, reducing their usual daily intake by 1000 - 2000 calories a day is a depressing task. Such dieters feel deprived before even starting a new diet. Even for people with small amounts to lose, cutting their usual intake from 2200 or 2500 to 1200 calories, can be a shock to the system. A quick glance at any women's magazine reveals at least one sample menu for weight loss. Upon comparison, the amounts of food seem very small and usually include uninteresting foods such as yogurt, cottage cheese and chicken breasts. Diets go wrong by requiring the dieter to change the type of food eaten. Humans are creatures of habit and usually eat the same foods repeatedly. Granted, overweight folks are eating too much of the wrong foods. However, in an effort to promote eating a variety of healthy foods, conventional diets suggest new dishes, which often include exotic and hard to find foods or just plain boring foods. Using a sample week's menu of meals can result in buying unusual ingredients, using a small amount for one recipe, then often wasting the rest. Diets go wrong by making it difficult to follow. Most diets suggest using fresh foods, cooked from scratch at home. This requires more meal planning, shopping and preparation time. It's easier and quicker to rely on fast food or convenience foods. The drawback with fast food is in controlling exactly what is eaten since the ingredients are not easily known. Even with the new improved labeling on convenience foods, there is no guarantee the totals at the end of the day will be within healthy ranges. In addition, who has the time to keep track? But trying to eat less and prepare strange new dishes can be discouraging. New recipes can take longer to prepare, making it tempting to revert to old eating patterns and simply give up. Eating at a favorite restaurant or at social gatherings is difficult at best. The required food is not available and making substitutions is tricky. Diets go wrong by feeling like a punishment. Diets require the reduced intake of food, cutting out favorite foods, learning to like new foods, spending more time planning and preparing food. All these changes can make the dieter feel punished by the very process, which is supposed to improve life. However, people usually approach a diet with the attitude: 'this is just until I lose x number pounds.' This is where people fail diets. Any change required to lose weight will need to continue after the pounds are gone. When dieters revert to old habits, the weight creeps back on.
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@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
15 Mar 07
You are right, diets fail because we tend to go back to our old habits. If we stopped eating junk foods, high fat foods, breads and pasta and eat more vegetables and fruits and do some kind of exercise like walking, we would lose weight and keep it off for life. That would be the ideal but we are not used to that. We need to have persistence and stick to these new habits.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
16 Mar 07
Thank you mimatexas, for responding to my message and you are right also that diets can fail as people ten to go back to their old habits, and sticking to new habits.
@jelaichie (475)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
this is so true friend., many good things we could get from dieting but the problem is could we stick out mind about this dieting stuffs?! and don't we know how helpful it is for us... me either can't really just postru my dieting plan because i don't stick to my plans and decisions., hope i could really work it out sometimes... thanks friend
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Yep agree with it all - that's why when I went on a diet last year I called it the "modified South Beach diet" I followed the basics but cooked my regular meals just modified to fit the diet. I didn't lose as much as ones that were following it closer but that was ok because I'd rather lose slow and keep it off than to lose fast and gain two times as much back.
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• Philippines
14 Feb 07
thanks. I'll try it.
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