Diets Don’t Work? Now What?!
More and more of us are now overweight. In fact, 35% of American men, and a whopping 40% of American women are now not just overweight, but actually obese. Obese, meaning with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or more.
So we’re all being told, with good reason, that we need to lose weight. I’m in agreement with this. Yes, okay, we need to lose weight. But how are we supposed to do that, when we’re also told that diets don’t work?
Diets don’t work?
No, apparently not. Not in the long run. In fact, many experts say that diets often do more harm than good. You go on a diet, you lose a bunch of weight, and your body then starts to betray you. It goes into preservation mode. Your metabolism slows down. Your body does everything possible to not burn calories. So despite their best efforts people regain the weight they’ve lost, and oftentimes more.
There was a study done recently, in fact, of dieters who’d been contestants on the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” It followed contestants from Season 8 for six years, and found, sadly, that most of those 16 people had regained all the weight they lost, and some are now even heavier than when they first went on the show! Here’s an article about the study from The New York Times.
One of the biggest problems with these “biggest losers” seems to be the fact that they lost weight so quickly. According to many in the health field, that’s part of what doesn’t work about diets. If your body feels like it’s going through starvation, it’s going to fight back. According to the Cleveland Clinic, for instance, “To lose weight permanently, you must make a commitment to gradually adopt a healthier way of life.”
These are all reasons why I’m not big on diets. But I am big on healthy eating, and a huge part of that is cutting down on excess sugar and carbs. The average American now eats three pounds of sugar every week. Without going “on a diet,” that’s something we can all change.
Here are 10 expert tips on how to slash sugar from your diet—which is not the same as going on a diet—from health.com.