The Problem with Diets – and a Solution

Thank you to Paul McIntosh for this article on the problem with diets..

Many people have dieted and lost weight quickly, only to see all of the lost weight come back. In fact, the evidence is in – 95% of dieters will regain the lost pounds, and many will actually put on extra weight.

Those who have experienced the yo-yo diet cycle often end up feeling poor in their bodies, and more importantly, feel a sense of shame – “I’ve failed again – it must be me.”

Why do people keep trying new diets? The answer is that they are convinced that “this time will be different, this time I will really stick to the diet and win.” And in fact, being highly motivated when they first start a new diet, they do lose a lot of weight in the first couple of weeks – so they initially feel very good about themselves.

Unfortunately, most of this weight loss is water and muscle mass. So, after a few weeks or months, weight loss slows, energy and enthusiasm fade, and old eating and lifestyle patterns re-emerge. The food choices “allowed” by the diet were not satisfying or sustainable. Once again, they have “failed”. Only it wasn’t the person who failed – it was actually failure of the diet program itself.

The good news is that there is hope. Our knowledge of brain chemistry has evolved significantly over the past few years, and we now understand the causes of diet failure. Even more exciting – we now know how to use brain chemistry as the foundation of a successful weight management program.

An understanding of this new knowledge of brain chemistry is only a starting point in the approach to successful weight management. Lifestyles and food preferences vary tremendously across the population, so no single food and lifestyle pattern can possibly work for all people. An individualized strategy is necessary.

You can visit www.lifeweight.ca for tips and resources, and to see if weight management coaching with Paul McIntosh might be the answer for you.