Saturday, September 11, 2010

Why I Hate Diets

Diets don't work. They don't work for weight loss. They don't work for weight gain. They just don't work, that is unless you do not want to be healthy.

For this reason, I hate diets.

But why don't they work? They don't work because they do not take into consider everyone's individual needs. Everyone is different at the biochemical level so everyone responds to different foods in different ways.

That's a lot of differences for a one-approach-fits-all type of diet.

And don't even get me started on calorie restricting diets. You are limiting the amount of energy you are giving your body.

But what if your body NEEDS more energy? Where is going to come from?

I'll tell you where it's going to come from. It's going to come from your muscles. Your body, when it is starving for energy, will begin utilizing your own muscle tissue for its energy needs. This will cause you to lose precious muscle and consequently to drop your metabolic rate.

When your body does not get enough calories, it also goes into starvation mode. This means it starts to conserve energy by slowing down your body's processes. This slows your metabolic rate and means you will burn fewer calories over the course of the day. Thus, eventually, weight gain becomes likely.

Diets don't work. So just avoid them. They are unhealthy and will do you no good in the long-run. Unless you are looking to put a band-aid on your current problems, do not go on a diet.

OK rant over.

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