How All These Diets WorkAll these diets have a common theme which, unless you are well versed in nutritional professional, you will not even notice. All these diets trick you into eating less. When you are in a caloric deficit, you will always lose weight. The very simple law of thermodynamics gives us the understanding that weight loss is simply consuming less calories than you are burning. This causes a caloric deficit. If you are not losing weight, then you are not in a caloric deficit. That means you need to be eating less and/or moving more.
The Misdirection of Fad Diets
I’ll let my friend Terri and Terry Perry from Monsters University demonstrate how these popular diets are using the art of misdirection.
THE TRICK AND NO TREATSHave you ever been told that eating a certain food will make you fat?
- Certain foods like bread, candy, ice cream, cake, cup cakes, pop tarts, cereal, white rice, and all the goodies we all love. I know you’ve all been told this and believed it.
- Well first off, all of the foods I named are very dense in calories relative to the volume of food you get.
- Not only are you cutting out all these calorie dense foods, you are substituting in more higher volume foods such as a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
- 100g broccoli = 28 cals, 0g fat, 5.2g carbs, 3g protein
- For 100g B&J’s = 245 cals, 12g fat, 27g carbs, 5g protein
The WildcardAll weight loss diets emphasize you to eat a whole lot more protein. What’s so special about increasing your protein intake? Protein is the most satiating (keeps us full) of the three macronutrients. There was an interesting study done analyzing the effects of a higher protein diet on overall caloric intake and the results were pretty remarkable.
- The participants in the study on average consumed 1,300 less calories per day without getting hungry with their increased protein intake. That’s pretty crazy!
- Well yes you are eating substantially less protein than most other diets advise but you are eating far more vegetables and fruits which are super high in fiber, water and overall food volume.
- This allows vegans to trick themselves into eating few calories.
- For example, those who say they can’t lose weight by reducing their caloric intake, underestimate their caloric intake by almost 47%!
- Not only that but they overestimate their exercise by 51%! That’s a massive error!
- To top it off, other studies have shown that people often under report their caloric intake by up to 2,000 calories per day! Holy crap!
THE MORAL OF THE STORYThere is absolutely nothing magical about weight loss diets. They trick you into eating less without you realizing it.
BOUND TO FAIL BEFORE YOU STARTWhat is the first thing these diets tell you when you start? They go through a list of foods that are off limits.
- There goes your ice cream, sweet tea, cookies, chips, popcorn, candy, red wine, and pretty much everything you love.
- You start the diet with a negative vibe and the mindset that this is going to suck!
- You are asking yourself, “How am I going to do this if I cannot have my (insert favorite food)!”
- The percentages of failure range from 70-98% but nonetheless, that percentage is way too high.
- And what constitutes failure is that they regained all the weight they lost or ended up heavier than when they started.
THE MOST SUSTAINABLE APPROACHThe biggest problem with most diets is that they are a one size fits all model. They give you the rules and you have no input on the process at all.
- Think back to a time in your life when one of your parents, teachers or boss’ said, “This is how it’s going to be and that’s final.”
- “If we were to create the diet you could do for the rest of your life, what is the one food that would have to be in there?”
- “Before I started training with Zach and utilizing his flexible dieting strategies, I had been on medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type II diabetes for over 20 years.
- When we first met, he asked me what was the one thing I could not do without in my diet and I answered it was my ice cream at 7pm every night.
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- Trick you into eating less calories!!
- Make it easy to follow by giving you only a select few food options to choose from.
- Leads to “good” and “bad” classifications of foods leading to bad relationship with food.
- See foods they allow you to eat as “good” and the food that are off limits as “bad”.
- This leads to a substantially increased risk of developing eating disorders.
- Also, makes most of your favorite foods off limits which leads to an increased risk of binging on them later on.
- You are able to tailor your diet to your specific, unique situation.
- You are in control of your food choices and what you want to spend your budget of macronutrients on.
- If you love ice cream, you can fit it into your budget.
- If you want a burger, you can fit it into your budget of macros.
- God forbid, if you want taco bell, you can try and fit it into your budget.
- By no means am I saying that you should eat these lower quality choices of foods all the time but I am saying that you have the option without feeling like a terrible person afterwards.
WHICH FAD DIET FOOLED YOU!?We’ve all tried so many diets throughout our lives and have been tricked over and over again! We all should have the perfect diet for us and our lifestyle! I’d love to read in the comments which diet has tricked you!? And what factor do you think is the reason why it failed or wasn’t sustainable? Thanks again for taking the time to read this and continue to expand your nutritional expertise! See you next time! Thanks and God Bless, Zach P.S. Friend me on Facebook or follow on Instagram to see all the other awesome stuff I post (well awesome to me..) that doesn’t make it to the blog!
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