Well of course diets work, they all do if you can manage to stick to them! How could you not lose weight if you’re only eating cabbage soup 3 times a day or 500 calorie meal replacement shakes instead of real food – but herein lies the problem, can you stick to something so unsustainable?
Extreme calorie or food group restricted diets have their place as a means to kick start a healthy eating plan, or as part of a detox regime after a period of over-indulgence. There’s also increasing evidence these days that a period of fasting can be beneficial to health. And there’s really no harm in restricting your food intake dramatically in the short term if it means after two or three weeks you’ll be the happiest bride on the planet. But let’s get real…..severely restricted diets are simply not going to work in the long term.
Even though the food police are bombarding our television screens with the latest scientific evidence about what we put in our mouths, one thing is clear….we are all different. There are so many factors at play where weight loss is concerned – hormones, DNA, lifestyle, food choices, gut bacteria, blood sugar balance, metabolism, thyroid function, mental health and so on. What works for one person may not work for another and our bodies are so complex we may never get to the bottom of what really makes one person gain weight and the other lose it.
At the end of the day the easiest option is to stop searching for a weight loss quick-fix in the latest beat the bulge book and adopt a sensible approach. Unless you have a health condition that requires specific changes to your diet, really and truly the key to a healthy happy body is moderation and balance, simple as that.
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