Have Diets Lost It?

With ever-increasing numbers of weight-loss programs, health instructions and diet books on the market, any sane person would expect every one of us to have a slim, well defined and healthy body.  Yet most Australians, Americans and people in other developed countries, are the exact opposite. With about 60% of us considered to be overweight or obese, it seems more than likely that we are heading towards a very ‘heavy’ end. Does this mean diets are invented to make people lose their money rather than their weight?

This is a question that really bothered me a lot. What’s happening here?

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Is it that we have given up on our regular and often expensive diet regimes? Is it that we are fed up with being forced to eat only according to the ‘allowed food’ on the purchased diet menu? Are we fed up with having to ‘whoop down’ weight-loss shakes, while our colleagues enjoy a lovely breakfast? — ­Or to replace a whole meal with just a handful of ugly looking diet pills? Not to mention going through all this effort only to find out that the moment we stop our diet all the hard work is lost, because the kilos that have slowly disappeared over the course of some hard and difficult weeks quite often bounce straight back on – often resulting in even more weight showing up on our battle scared scales.

Well, I don’t know the answer but the question was interesting enough for me to do some research. I found this article from the Colorado State University:

“Approximately 50 million Americans go on a diet each year — yet only 5 percent keep the weight they lose off ….”  Check it out http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09363.html

Sounds interesting?

So, why do we often keep trying one diet after the next (where some can even have very unhealthy side effects) and are still not able to show off with the admired, skinny bikini body?

What I found is that with diets we seem to be caught in a trap. Thinking logically, I realised that, with any diet, you will start to regain the weight as soon as you go back to your previous eating habits. I think the key to maintaining a healthy bodyweight long-term is an enhanced lifestyle. Once you achieve that, you will be able to easily achieve – and maintain – a healthy bodyweight. Well— at least it worked for me.

What do you think?  Have your say. What stops so many of us from getting rid of those extra kilos  for good?—I’d love to find some answers.

Bye for now and have a lovely week end

Sandy

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About Sandy Bröcking

I’m a health professional, author and motivational speaker who is passionate to help people lose weight the healthy way. As I used to be heavily overweight myself a long time ago, I believe that successful weight loss comes from motivation and knowledge. My passion is to stop people being fooled by often expensive diet regimes. Believe me - losing weight for good is not as difficult as most people think.
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2 Responses to Have Diets Lost It?

  1. Excellent blog, Sandy!

    We, in the developed world should put health first but often people put convenience, in the form of fast food and take-aways, first. Why are people so seduced by advertising? Why are people so quick to part with their hard-earned cash to immediately gratify hunger with food that has had the nutritional value overprocessed out of it? Isn’t it easier to grab an apple?

    It is a complex web that humans have weaved for themselves, even down to the very basic building blocks.

    I look forward to reading more. Best of luck with your book!

    Best regards,
    Social Graces

    • Thanks very much. You are so right there. The ‘apple’ made me smile. It’s so true. It’s the simplest thing to eat but very often and for many people it seems to be a very difficult task.

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