Have you ever stuck with a weight-loss diet, following its guidelines rigorously, even though you didn’t seem to be actually losing any weight? Maybe you stayed with it because your doctor prescribed it, or because it had worked for all your friends, or because the last time you tried it you lost 20 pounds. But no diet in existence works for everybody, all the time. Each of us is a unique individual with unique nutritional needs, and these needs can change dramatically over the course of our lives. Is it time for you to let go of a diet that’s not taking you where you want to go – or do you just need to make a few tweaks to get it working for you? In this fascinating new video from #IPEtv, Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, clarifies the many reasons why your diet may not be working – and what you can do to get it going again.
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Here is a transcript of this week’s video:
Hi, I’m Emily Rosen, Director of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
Today we’re going to answer the question – Why isn’t my diet working?
It seems almost paradoxical. We’re told that losing weight is just a matter of striking the right ratio of calories in to calories out. So we go on a diet. We strictly follow its rules. We limit our calorie intake. We exercise. But we don’t lose weight. Why isn’t your diet working? Here are some answers:
#1 Your body thinks it’s starving
When your daily calorie intake is too low, the body switches into starvation mode and metabolism slows down because your body “thinks” it needs to conserve energy and use the fuel you give it more slowly.
#2 A lack of essential fat slows down weight loss
Without enough healthy fat in the diet, there is a decrease in the production of hormones, prostaglandins, eicosanoids, and many of the chemicals that help produce energy in the body. The result is a sluggish metabolism.
#3 A lack of protein can slow down calorie burning
Protein is the building block of muscle tissue, which is the number one fat burning tissue in the body. So the less muscle we have, the slower will be our calorie burning capacity.
#4 -Too much exercise
Regular exercise is important, but OVER exercising is very problematic. Those who exercise too hard or too often and without enough recovery time put the body into a stress response. This leads to excess insulin and cortisol production, which can result in the inability to lose weight. Too much of a good thing is not so good.
#5 Dieting is stressful
Constantly worrying about what you’re eating, counting calories, and simply missing out on the pleasure of eating can stress out your body as well. Once again, the subsequent stress chemistry release can de-regulate appetite and cause us to overeat as well as create the physiologic conditions for weight gain or inability to lose weight.
So what is the alternative to dieting? Learning to love and accept yourself as you are. Eat in a nourishing and sustainable way. Enjoying high quality and naturally grown and produced food. And love your body more. It might seem contradictory, but often, allowing ourselves to stop stressing about our weight is the very thing that helps us shed the pounds.
I hope this was helpful.
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