Failure of Other Weight Loss Methods

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Two-thirds of Americans claim to be on a diet to improve their health. However, very few are actually losing weight using what are often considered tried and true weight loss methods.

According to Janet Tomiyama, a graduate student of psychology at UCLA and co-author of a study published in American Psychologist, “Several studies indicate that dieting is actually a consistent predictor of future weight gain. One study found that both men and women who participated in formal weight loss programs gained significantly more weight over a two-year period than those who had not participated in a weight loss program.”

Dr. Mark Hyman, writing in the Huffington Post, states, “The average person gains 11 pounds for every diet they go on.”

According to Michigan Health & Wellness, the reasons why diets and other weight loss methods fail are as follows:

Diets deprive us.
Many diets involve eliminating certain foods or even whole food groups. This is not only unhealthy but also unrealistic for the long term.
Diets are temporary.
Once they have reached their goal, most people go back to “normal” eating, so the weight comes back.
Diets often don’t fit into normal life.
Weighing and measuring food may help you lose weight, but aren’t practical as long-term strategies for most people.
Diets can be expensive.
Buying special foods can rack up expenses quickly.
Diets can actually lower your metabolism.
When you drastically cut back on calories, your metabolism tends to slow down. You burn fewer calories and the diet becomes less effective.
Diet is only half of the equation.
Lifetime weight management is not just about what you eat. It requires physical activity as well. Experts recommend 60-90 minutes a day 3-5 days a week.

In Eat + Run, The US News & World Report Blog on diet and fitness, author Yoni Freedhoff, M.D. contends that “for the past 100 years, dieting has been synonymous with suffering. The more weight a person wants to permanently lose, the more of their lives they’ll need to permanently change, so go figure that weight lost through suffering comes back.”