As I continue studying to take my Group Fitness Instructor Exam, I am continually reminded of the integral role that nutrition plays in helping people obtain great health. With that thought in mind, I think it’s critically important to examine why one popular mode of food modification-dieting-doesn’t work. In light of the fact that we know most diets fail, it is important to examine why so that we can empower people with the knowledge necessary to lose the unwanted pounds that are precluding them from attaining optimal health. Here are three reasons that diets can fail an individual:
1. Diets Create Feelings Of Deprivation.
Although some diets permit people to eat the types of foods they love, many don’t. Instead, they involve the consumption of meal replacement shakes that taste like chalk or eating absurd amounts of a limited number of foods that result in taste bud boredom and cause you to feel deprived. These types of diets help create a negative relationship with food by precluding people from enjoying their meals. Once this happens, people often abandon their diets and resume the unhealthy eating patterns that result in them carrying excess weight.
Unfortunately, there are a variety of expensive diets that can help individuals lose weight yet cost more than people are willing to spend or can afford. Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem are just two of many examples that could be cited to indicate that the current prices of dieting programs are oftentimes not within the budget of most people. In many cases, an individual may start a diet program and stay on it for several weeks before the fact that they cannot afford the program becomes plain. Once this happens, an individual is likely to quit the program and resume the poor eating habits that generated the excess weight they wish to lose. With this reality in mind, it is important that individuals seeking a diet plan recognize the importance of critically analyzing whether or not they can afford the program they wish to start. If the answer is no, there are a plethora of alternatives that can be implemented to help generate the desired weight loss. One of them includes purchasing fresh, raw fruits and vegetables that are low in cost (some examples would be bananas and spinach.)
3. It’s Not Holistic.
In discussing why diet plans tend to fail, Michigan Health And Wellness notes that a good diet is only half of the equation that promotes good health. They go on to note that ” Lifetime weight management is not just about what you eat. It requires physical activity as well. Experts recommend 60-90 minutes a day most days of the week.” With this thought in mind, you need to think critically about what measures you’re taking outside of dieting to improve the quality of your health. If you have not implemented an exercise program to supplement your diet plan, you should strongly consider doing so in order to facilitate greater wellness.
If you are interested in attaining success through the implementation of a diet plan, you should note that doing so can entail the results that you want. However, there are a plethora of road blocks that can preclude you from realizing the goals you’ve envisioned. With that thought in mind, you should carefully consider the information listed above to decrease the likelihood that your diet plan backfires. Good luck! :)