medicine contraindications

All Weight Loss Diets Fail

“Lose 30 pounds in 30 days, guaranteed” says the man in the radio commercial for the weight loss clinic, or “1 Tip To Fast Weight Loss” reads the marketing ad.

 

Quick weight loss promises like these are common everywhere you go. And yet in the United States of America 2 out of every 3 people are overweight or obese. With obesity being the number one contributor to killer diseases like Diabetes, and Heart Disease, it is obvious that we have a problem of epidemic proportions.

 

It is ironic that in our modern world of sophisticated technical advances, and instant communications, the answer to better health eludes us. Every body is looking for the magic formula for weight management and weight control. But what dominate the information super highway are dietary gimmicks that pin your willpower against your ever-slowing metabolism. The end result: the same old yo-yo diet.

 

In my Acupuncture practice, I help people lose weight with acupuncture and dietary advice. I have noticed that everybody that comes for weight loss treatments have something in common; they all have a favorite diet, you name it: the Adkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Zone diet, Weight Watchers, etc, etc. Any diet that they followed in the past, that gave them some success at losing weight, is considered a good diet. And yet, they now sit in my office wanting to lose the weight again, this time with the help of acupuncture.

 

Faced with this fact, two questions come to mind. If your diet was successful, how come you ended up regaining the weight again? And why not just do the same thing again, and shed the excess weight like the first time?

 

The answer lies on the initial goal of the weight loss diet. One, and perhaps the most popular definition of the word diet, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is: a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight. If you ask the average person what comes to mind when they hear the word diet you’ll probably get answers like: restrictive meal plan, or planned starvation or something that denotes unpleasantness.

 

If the goal of the diet is weight loss, once you achieve the desired weight you’ll stop dieting because you reached your goal. But absent the diet, you will revert to the habits that made you gain the weight to begin with.

 

In 2009 Researchers at Laval University in Québec, Canada did a study in which the emphasis was put on health improvement rather than in actual weight loss. The participants in the study were overweight or obese women who had likely entered the study as chronic dieters. They were taught good nutrition (what TO eat, not what NOT to eat); they were helped to enjoy physical activity, and how to listen to their bodies. It also taught strategies for appreciating their body as it is now, regardless of size.

 

At the 1-year follow-up, two-thirds of participants had lost weight, despite the interventions’ explicit focus on positive behaviors, not trying to reduce food intake or lose weight. When you compare these results with the results of a typical diet, it proved to be an outstanding success.

 

What you get when you pin willpower against biology, is that biology wins every time.

A better choice is to follow a wellness and nutrition program that, helps you learn how to eat healthy, aids you to speed up your metabolism and focused on your over all health. And a nice side effect of having the knowledge on how to maintain a healthy body is the faster road to achieving the elusive body of our dreams.

 

>>Read more about a wellness program that has worked well for myself, and my patients at http://my365fitness.com/fitnessandnutrition <<

 

 

1. Provencher V, Bégin C, Tremblay A, et al. (2009). Health-at-every-size and eating behaviors: 1-year follow-up results of a size acceptance intervention. J Am Diet Assoc, 109(11),1854-1861.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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