Who doesn’t love the idea of quick weight loss? Or rather put it this way; Who wants to spend long on a feat, which can be achieved in a week/month? For the record Weight loss is a 66 Billion Dollar Industry, which is 2/3rd the annual business of Microsoft, Amazon. No wonder it is the most advertised industry in several parts of the globe.
Diet is the modern-day food jargon. Majority populous doesn’t feel being on a Fitness regime if they are not on a diet. Walk into any corporate office filled with Millennials, and you would see Paleo fanatics, to juice cleansers, to Keto lovers, to Starvation lovers. Fun Fact: Did you know there is a diet plan by the name “Happiness Diet”. The thought of instant gratification and restriction being the catalyst for success has blindsided the real thought of Fitness as a lifestyle. While we speak of Diet, we are referring to people who follow a restrictive set of food choices. This set of thought process has given the Fitness industry a magnanimous boom and now we have a diet for every set of weight loss goal.
A Typical modern-day dieter counts calories in every meal, and anything beyond kale and spinach falls in the category of Junk. The extremism has cultivated a habit wherein we are linking happiness exponentially with diet plans.
It will be false if I say I haven’t been on both sides of the bandwagon. My personal journey towards Health and Fitness began on a Calorie counting approach along with love for the chiseled core. Eventually, I stand here with a clear perspective “Diets only work for Weight Loss and temporary numbers, Nothing Else”.
When we are new to the game, what glitters to the eyes catches our attention. If you were bombarded on social media and Mobile feeds with words like “weight-Loss”, ”Gal Gadot Diet plan”, “Lose pounds dramatically in weeks”; you are destined to click and try. You can never take away credits from people who packaged a set of food and made you create dreams basis on these lines.
Why diets don’t work?
Diets are not long term
Diets are not designed for long-term use. They are designed for instant gratification and quick results with a severe restriction on the permissible set of foods which are tough to follow on an extended period. The plan laid out does not detail how to make best when the choices marked are not available, and makes the individual handcuffed on a specific set of foods. Its not realistic to imagine sustaining your life on protein shakes/cheese/Juices/Veggies; that’s impractical even for thought.
Weight loss is Temporary
It’s not exactly breaking news that one who goes on a diet eventually gains back the pounds. But Science has shown more than 95% off the people who have gone on a diet have reported a bulk back after moving away from the plan.The vast majority of people who have lost weight on a diet plan have seen it coming back in months. And I must say the bounce back is more than the set point weight. While on a restrictive set of diet body accepts living on a lower set of calories, thus lowering the metabolism. On returning to the original eating plan, the lower metabolism rate causes extra fat to be deposited stored as Fat in the body.
Weight Loss as a goal is a wrong
The whole idea of a diet plan revolves around weight loss, which can be a detrimental point to start. Fitness is a lifestyle, not a plan. One needs to respect it as a lifelong habit.
Diet plans tie internal happiness to an external goal of weight. One tends to think my life or happiness quotient will change if I lose Kilos or lose few inches. Diets are tying people to an unspoken societal belief that thin people are good looking, and we gain control of our world, self-esteem or looks through weight. Weight counts, calorie charts are probably taking you in a direction where you are paying excessive attention to something which doesn’t hold significant value as defined.
Lean doesn’t mean Healthy
You can be heavy and Healthy, you can also be thin and significantly unhealthy. Tying health goals to a weight number is no metric to evaluate overall health. We should focus on living and creating healthy habits. Habits that are sustainable and focus on nutrition. Health indicators can be improved by changing the focus from weight to healthy habits. Weight will also come down to its justifiable mark when all the other parameters are taken care off.
The best diet plan you can adapt in your life is one that allows you to look at food from a nutritional perspective, rather than from a calorie count perspective. The goal is to create a plan of healthy foods which make your body feel good, not from a plan which worked for someone. Stop letting scales dictate your personal and social life.
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