Food Consumed (Calories in) – Exercise (Calories used) = x
We have all seen this equation. If x is less than zero we lose weight and if x is greater than zero we put on weight. A diet reduces food intake so a diet must be the way to loose weight. If it were that easy research carried out on the diet industry in 2003, by an independent analysis company (Datamonitor), would not have discovered the number of dieters achieving permanent weight loss as ‘appallingly low’ at around 1%.
Dieting Makes You Fat – Reason One
Tell someone they cannot have something and they will start to desire it. A diet restricts the consumption of certain foods – typically chocolate or the so called fattening foods so those foods are desired.
Dieting Makes You Fat – Reason Two
A survival mechanism kicks in when we miss a meal or do not eat enough. We have no control of this mechanism but it directs us to foods with higher calories that are readily absorbed – foods the diet prohibits.
Reasons One and Two ensure that one has both a psychological and physiological pressure to eat the things ones diet prohibits!
Dieting Makes You Fat – Reason Three
There is a natural mechanism that monitors our eating that tells us when to stop eating. Using an external mechanism to control eating – like dieting, disconnects us from the ability to recognise how much we have eaten. This creates an increased tendency to overeat that continues after the diet has ended.
Dieting Makes You Fat – Reason Four
Our bodies are extremely sensitive to starvation. As soon as our bodies suspect starvation, our metabolism changes and we start to produce more fat. Most diets impose starvation (in a woman less than 1500 and in a man less than 1800 Calories daily). Going on a diet is, therefore, making ones body resist weight loss.
Dieting Makes You Fat – Reason Five
Experiments carried out at the University of Minnesota demonstrated that after a period of starvation (see above) ones appetite increases and does not subside until all the body fat lost during starvation is regained.
This may explain Yo-Yo dieting and why so many people hailed as “Slimmer Of The Year” end up fatter than ever the following year.
What Are The Alternatives?
Most people who are overweight have got that way over a long period of time. There is no quick fix to reverse the process.
Stephen Rigby can help you to get back in touch with your natural weight control mechanism and eliminate comfort eating.
It is possible to control your weight without dieting. Make an appointment to discuss how hypnotherapy can help you.
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