Why Most Diets Don’t Work (For Long)

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Why Most Diets Don’t Work (For Long)

It’s that time of year again… Everyone is working hard on their New Year’s resolutions, and hopefully making some progress. For millions of people, losing weight is their number one resolution each year, and that’s why you’re probably seeing a variety of fad diets touted in the news right now. But did you know that 95 percent of diets either don’t work, or those who lose weight on them quickly regain it afterward? Why is that?

There can be a few reasons for diet failures, but most of the time just two very important factors are at play:

  1. The “diet” is not reasonably sustainable for any length of time
  2. Losing weight is a science, and without professional guidance we’re all just guessing at what we should do.

Let’s take a closer look at these problems. Yes, many of these fad diets can result in weight loss – sometimes even dramatic amounts of lost weight! And yet, those who lose significant amounts of weight usually regain it within one to five years. On the other hand, some people find these diets too difficult, and quit before dropping many pounds.

Why is that? It’s really pretty simple: Overly restrictive diets (those that only allow you to eat packaged foods purchased from a supplier, or those that restrict you to just one or two food groups) are simply not realistic. Do you want to eat that way for the rest of your life? Of course not… But that means you can expect the weight to return before long.

As for the second problem, it’s important to remember that our bodies are all very different from one another. Even if a plan worked for your neighbor or relative, it might not work for you, because your body type and metabolism are different. You need a plan that is catered to your specific needs, rather than a one-size-fits-all plan that …. doesn’t actually fit all. Plus, professional guidance helps you stay accountable to your goals, and helps you to diagnose any underlying issues that can make weight loss more difficult for you.

On that note, give us a call to learn more about medical weight loss. Under the guidance of a qualified physician, you can lose weight safely and without gimmicks and fads. We meet with you regularly to keep you focused, and offer nutritional counseling and other tools to help you maintain your new weight for life.


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