Your Diet is Making You Fat
Two in three people who diet will gain back all the weight they lose… plus more.
Forget what you’ve heard from popular diets, “health” coaches, or even your doctor. Diets are NOT going to help you lose weight in the long term. In fact, dieting is a consistent predictor for weight gain.
It’s true you’ll lose some weight the first months of a diet. Most people lose between 5 and 10 percent of their original weight. But researchers at UCLA found that at around 6 months the scales level off and the pounds start creeping back on. The diet that got you into skinny jeans just isn’t cutting it anymore.
Don’t beat yourself up. Despite popular terminology, this isn’t a “plateau” to push through. Your body is trying to tell you something. Listen up.
Our bodies see diets as starvation, whether it’s Weight Watchers, Paleo, or some pre-portioned meal-plan. Humans have survived because our bodies have learned to adapt to famine (today’s diets). That 10 week diet plan that promises lasting results? No match for 6 million years of survival.
You might see some weight loss with a new diet. What you won’t see (at least at first) are dramatic changes happening to your brain and metabolism. The purpose of these changes is to make sure that your body holds onto weight in the event that food is scarce in the future. So, in the long run you will gain weight. Multiple studies (like the ones here, here, and here) show these changes stick around long after the diet ends.
So, before you buy into the latest diet fad, remember… there are healthy ways to lose weight. But dieting isn’t one of them.