Several years ago I tried a popular diet with PhenQ and lost 22 pounds in six months. Awesome! Friends noticed, clothes fit better, and I felt better. And then, long-story-short, I fell off the diet and gained back the lost pounds plus some. I bounced back from my diet plan to my to my old eating habits.
This type of story is repeated by thousands of well intended dieters over and over again. Now some people go on a crash diet to quickly lose some pounds prior to a special event. Those who crash diet for this reason are not really concerned about the fact that the weight will come back after the event. My concern is for people who are overweight and sincerely want to shed pounds and maintain a more healthy lifestyle.
So, what happens when we go on a diet? We change what and how much we eat. In doing so our body is thrown into a chemical imbalance…on purpose. The initial goal of a diet is to change various chemical actions, such as insulin response, thus adjusting our metabolic rate to, hopefully, burn fat and lose weight. This can be a good thing, particularly reducing the amount of sugar we consume.
One of the reasons for diet rebound is we don’t like the food we have to eat to lose weight. I’m not a real picky eater, but breakfast for the first week on one of the diets I tried included two foods I had never eaten…and still can’t stand today. I had to hold my breath to eat them. It was like taking medicine as a kid. However, it worked. My metabolism changed and I lost weight.
Here’s the lesson learned; if we don’t change the way we eat we can’t expect to lose weight. The good news is if you make it through the the initial metabolism changing process in a diet, foods that are “healthier”, like lean meat, fish, fruits and leafy green vegetables, actually seem to taste better and you enjoy eating them. At least, that was my experience.
That brings us to the one subtle hindrance to new diet success; former food cravings. Your body becomes responsive to your former eating habits and actually builds up a demand or craving for some foods, especially sweets and some breads. In my case, it was breads. I don’t like this analogy, but some believe certain foods become “addictive” and it’s very difficult to give them up. Nevertheless, when you overcome these cravings, and it could take a year or more, your new eating habits can become a long term lifestyle change for a healthier you.
One last thought. We’re told that if we take in fewer calories than we burn we’ll lose weight. This is true in most cases. But, for long term success the “fewer calories” diet should be one of balanced nutrition taking, in moderation, from all the major food groups. A diet from just one or two food groups may not provide long term success in your goal of a healthier lifestyle.