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Monday, March 26, 2012

Do People Fail at Dieting?

A lot of times people come to me and tell me that they always fail at their diets and that's really the wrong way of looking at it. The way I look at it is they always succeed at their diets because the goal of their diet was to lose weight.

What they say they're failing at is keeping it off and of course they really haven't failed at keeping it off because that was not ever what they're trying to do. If you want to maintain the body that you want the right body for you over lifetime, without having to think about what you're eating all the time, not to be tempted, have your hunger in balance, then what you need to do is stop accumulating.

Most of us have not been a failure at our diets and in fact, being a success, successfully having lost weight once before in the past, is an incredible predictor for later obesity. And the reason why is that, every time you start to look at food or different opportunities, you have this previous success in the background and your brain says, "Oh, have that cookie. Oh have that extra helping" because you'll be able to lose it, "remember that time, when you lost it before?"

So what we really need to do is change our goal from a weight loss goal to a weight-releasing goal and that's really determined more by your hormones. We can do that by mastering the fundamental skills of eating.

What is the success rate of dieting?

If you're looking for the success rate of what happens when you go on a calorie restricting diet, can you lose weight?

Yes. You can.

The problem is that we need to really look at what happens over the long-term because people are having the wrong goal. Their goal is to lose weight. They go on a calorie-restricting program, an exercise increase program and they start to monitor their progress by inches or pounds on the scale and they're going to see results, especially if they stick with it.

But inside of every person there is a natural weight regulating mechanism and it's keeping track of everything. So when you go on one of these diets, particularly the more restrictive of them, you reset your hormonal balance so that it becomes very vigilant in the future when it detects that there is lower calories in the environment.

What generally happens then is, if you look at the one-year follow-ups, most people have gained the weight right back. If you look at three-year follow-ups and five-year follow-ups, almost everybody has gained the weight back.

If you look at the people who are successful, the ones who get the body that they desire and are able to maintain that, it's because you really had a complete lifestyle transformation.

So those people really did reset their weight regulating mechanism. They did not successfully diet and to keep the weight off, and that should be the goal for everybody. If you really want to keep the weight off for good then you need to stop dieting and instead change your brain. You need to learn the fundamental skills of eating. That is the only way that you can reset your weight regulating mechanism.

Dr. Theresa Nesbitt M.D is the creator of the program Evolutionary Eating. As a former physician, Dr. Nesbitt encountered thousands of individuals who were having trouble with weight loss. When Dr. Nesbitt realized that traditional techniques such as diet and exercise did not help these people, she created the Evolutionary Eating program. You can learn more about this program and how it can also help you by visiting the following link Evolutionary Eating.

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