If you want to lose weight, don’t go on a diet!
Many people have tried to lose weight by dieting and have felt the disappointment and frustration of gaining what they lost when they go back to their more familiar eating patterns. Many diets prescribe restrictive ways of eating—either how much you eat or what you eat. Restriction isn’t bad. After all, its hard to lose weight if you don’t restrict what contributed to the weight gain in the first place. Why then do most people who lose weight through a restrictive diet regain the weight they lost within five years?
Research tells us that restrictive diets tend to provide results for the short term only. Long term weight loss comes from slow, gradual behavior change that results in feelings of well-being and good health. After all, humans can rely on pure willpower only so long to keep doing something we really don’t want to do.
Restriction vs choice can make the difference between a weight loss program that makes you miserable and one that makes you feel great. It also can make the difference between keeping the weight off for good and having it creep back in a short time. Adjusting your relationship with food as well as the quality and quantity of food you eat in slow, gradual shifts will ensure that the positive changes you make last.