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  • Why Diets Don't Work

    2 posts, 2 voices, 328 views, started Nov 13, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Dee Dee Shaw


    • Sapphire

      I am going to share with you some of the reasons diets don’t work. This is not an exhaustive list. It is information I gleaned as a Perfect Body Shape Coach, and I hope it will be helpful to you.

      • Diets typically look for ways to achieve the loss in overall body weight without regard to longterm health. (For example, most of them include artificial sweeteners as a way to reduce calories.)
      • They capitalize on the latest fads or trends (and are not based on scientific research.)
      • They are not holistic in nature. They address physical only, and leave out the emotional and mental aspects.
      • They fail to address other important fundamentals such as rest and hydration.
      • They exist within a paradigm that is geared toward reaching a goal as opposed to changing your lifestyle and learning to make proper food choices for a lifetime of health.

      I mentioned the thrifty gene in another post, and we’ll talk alot about the yo-yo effect. Traditional ‘diets’ actually facilitate both of these. Most diets focus on caloric intake (whether you count points or calories, it’s still the same.) Hence we activate the thrifty gene. We starve ourselves of nutrition while dieting and people never stick with a ‘diet’ past the point of reaching their goal. They eventually slide back into their same previous habits that got them to where they were before, only this time... they usually gain back more than they lost.  

      So, let consider the facts and see if diets are really failing us.
      Low Calorie, Low Fat, and Low Carb diets are the fads of the last few decades. From 62-72 the percent increase in overweight adults was only 1/2 of a percent. 74-80 saw a 4/5 percent increase (the rate almost doubled.) From 80-94 the increase was 9.4 percent! It was during this time that the "low 3" grew in popularity. By 1997 50% of our population was overweight!

      In the US we spend more per capita than any other country on weight loss and yet we are the fattest country in the world!  

      Lean for Life is a different approach. I am going to teach you how to eat low glycemic (without giving up the foods you love.) How to avoid diabetes, and even control it with your diet, and how to train your brain so it won’t sabotage your efforts!


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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • I wish there was some way to prioritize posts so we could list them in the order it would be best to read them. They build on one another. And though they can be read in any order, it would be helpful to know what the GI is before encountering a post that assumes you understand it.

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