Why diets fail.
Posted on Nov 17 2011 at 09:32:23 AM in Diet & Nutrition
Obesity and weight gain is the symptom or outcome of dietary mismanagement over a long period of time.
Diets can only be classed as failed only if the following occur:
1 failure to lose any weight by not following in any way the plan set
2 weight gain or no weight lost through lack of understanding on what calories and food group portions you require
3 non-nutritional complete plans which are simply not healthy you must avoid. These diets fail simply because they are not safe.
Any person that has lost even a tiny amount of weight compared to that required has been "successful", and it must be noted that weight loss doesn't have to occur in one go (although best outcomes are often seen in those that do lose all the weight required in one attempt) but can be achieved over a step-down approach. Full diet success is when you have reached the target weight you have set, not reaching target weight is a failure to see the plan through to the end point, and failure of a diet is not measured by putting on weight afterwards.
What is a diet?
A diet is simply a plan set that allows the person to decrease the amount of calories consumed so that weight loss occurrs over a length of time. Diets must however be fully balanced nutritionally, in that it must deliver somehow the correct vitamins, minerals, food groups, fibre and water that you require to be healthy.
There is no actual calorific requirement that a diet has to incorporate, except that the afore-mentioned nutrition (health) requirement will come at a "calorie cost". This usually equates to 400 to 500 Calories (Kcal) for optimal nutrition at the lowest possible calorie composition of a daily diet plan, which can be seen when a Very Low Calorie Diet is used. This particular type of dieting, seen with the Waistaway Sure plan (Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Pharmacy Programme), will result in a large calorie gap being maintained over the total time of dieting, resulting in rapid and sustainable weight loss. It forces a mild ketosis which blunts hunger and reduces the drive for food that diets usually result in.
Other classes of diets fall under the calorie controlled bracket , including the majority of diets that we have all heard of and those diets we do ourselves, cutting this or that out. This is all dieting and the notionm that there is the dietless diet is a myth. There is a consensus however that if you are looking at a normal calorie restricted diet then to enable full nutrition to occur on a daily basis you are looking at the 1000Kcal mark, unless you are being supervised by a suitably qualified health professional (as in the case of the Waistaway Flex plan).
Once you have lost the weight, and this in itself is hard to achieve due to the longevity of the task a lot of people have to undertake, it is paramount that we look back at the initial problem:
The weight you have lost wasn't the result of a "failed diet" (we were not born over-weight or obese) but the result of a long term mismanagement of your dietary intake in the first place.
This could have happened early on in your life or can have happened at any time in teenage years or in adulthood. Now whether you have lost some or all of the weight you needed to, you must look at the next step and that is life-long weight management. It is not easy so don't underestimate what you need to do from now on. Weight management is just as much a set plan as your diet was, the problem for you is that you have to keep up this work for the rest of your life, rather than the few weeks, months or in some cases years you were on your diet.
Diets do not fail. It is the person's failure to suitably modify their lifestyle and calorie intake that causes weight gain after dieting and so it is the fault of incorrect long-term weight management not the diet.
Long term weight management is difficult to acheive, and it is easy to get into bad habits very early on, mis-understand the calorie intake levels you need every day, and it is very easy to think that after one month with no weight gain, everything will be fine. Be aware:
Putting on a quarter of a pound a week will result in a weight gain of just under a stone of weight in a year.
This highlights the difficulty for all of us when it comes to maintaining our weight so please get in touch if you need any help or advice on weight loss or weight management now.