For years now I have been losing and gaining the same 20 pounds. I have tried countless diets. All started the same – great willpower and self-discipline and a lot of enthusiasm. Every time it seemed as if I have found the right diets, and lost many pounds. Every time it ended with me gaining the pounds back and then some… I become more and more desperate to lose weight. I was obese and needed to lose weight badly. There was always some wedding or a party I wanted to get slimmer for in a short period of time. I can’t even recall all the diet I tried. If you ever heard of a diet no matter how absurd or extreme it is, I’ll bet you that I tried it. Tried and failed. I desperately need to lose weight but have no motivation to try any more diets. As much as I wanted to lose weight I couldn’t stop eating. Nothing seemed to work.
I always blamed myself for the failure. My self-discipline wasn’t strong enough, or was it?
It was only when I found the magical book: “The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work” that I have started to realize that there is more to it than that.
For years we were lied to. When I grew up everyone around me including myself knew for a fact that the reason I was fat is that I ate too much. Well, guess what, it was the other way around.
The same metabolic problems that made me fat would make me eat more. Fat people are not lazy and lack self-control!
All the diets I have tried were doomed to fail.
Here me now! If you failed a diet it wasn’t your fault! You are not lacking self-discipline. You just were approaching your weight-reduction plan the wrong way. You were so eager to lose weight that you didn’t stop to think about it. You just did what you were told.
Conventional diets make you Abandoned the food you like and force you to eat foods you don’t like. How is it possible to maintain such a way of life on which you are eating stuff you don’t like and craving for food you love?
This is what I liked so much about this book: “The Diet Fix: Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work”
The book shows another approach for losing weight. As one review says: “It allows people to keep what they like most about food — the taste and indulgences — and to get rid of what they don’t like about food — overeating and guilt”
Diet shouldn’t be a tormenting process. We didn’t come to this world to suffer and feel miserable.
The most important lesson I got from reading the book is this: we must avoid hunger at all costs.
Every diet I tried forcing me to reduce food quantity and be hungry. Is the something more depressing than to walk around hungry and desperate for food all the time?
We need to forget everything we have learned about weight loss, therefore the book starts with a 10-day reset plan that to my surprise was very easy to go through.
The book makes it clear why all the diets we tried were doomed to fail from day one and the practical part is, it explains how to fix that.
Our diets and “healthy” food knowledge are influenced by multi-billion industry. Corporations that make all there is in their power to make us consume their product. None of them really give a damn if we lose weight or not. As far as they care we can continue being fat as long as we buy their products.
If you lost your hope to reduce your weight, cheer up there are proven methods to slim down. Instead of being overweighed read this book and try a different approach to weight reduction.
- Eating too little – a common misconception is that a great calories deficit will make you lose weight fast. Many diets gurus will tell you that you calories intake should be far less than the calories you spend. Some of them will mention the rules of thermodynamics. The rules of thermodynamics are good for mechanical systems, the human body is much more complicate and evolved from mechanical systems. Our body knows how to control its systems and he has learning abilities. He adjusts. When there is a big deficit in calorie the body slows down. It decreases his activities. If the deficit continues the body becomes more efficient and learns to use fewer calories. The weight stays more or less the same.
- Neglecting muscle mass – when we are on a weight loss plan, lose body fat but we also lose muscle mass. When we stop dieting for a period of time we are gaining only fat. This is why many people ending up with much fatter after the diet than they had prior to it. It is very important to combine muscle building exercise with your diet
- Eating the wrong things – not all calories are born equal. Some foods are bad for our metabolism. Sugar, for example, make our insulin levels higher and therefore prevents our body from burning fat (insulin is a building hormone and he is building fat instead of burning it).
- Staying hungry – how long can we maintain a way of life that keeps us hungry all the time? Not long. If we walk around feeling hungry eventually we will break down and start eating without control, it is very important to eat enough food that will make us feel good and satisfied.
- One solution for all – it is unrealistic that the same diet plan fits a teenage girl, a middle-aged man, and women that suffer from metabolic illness. Our weight loss plan. and exercise program should be tailored specifically for us. It should fit our condition, age, activity level and weight loss targets.
The general consensus on diet pills are contained in two powerful words: BUYER BEWARE.
The problem here is that many makers of diet pills offer claims that simply aren’t realistic; and if you read the fine-print of most of these advertisements, you’ll see that they’re really too good to be true. Little notes like the claims made in this advertisement are not typical should be enough of a wake-up call to realize that there’s more to the story.
In some cases, diet medicine can help boost metabolism temporarily. This, however, can be risky and generally shouldn’t be done without a doctor’s say-so. Unfortunately, people can become somewhat addicted to diet pills, and this can lead to disaster.
And before we go onto myth #2, remember that some diet pills are water loss pills. That is, they are diuretics that promote water loss, usually through excess urination. The jury on water-loss diet pills is somewhat less open-minded than diet pills in general: THEY WON’T WORK!
Seriously: water loss diet pills are built on the premise that you’ll lose weight through water drinking. And, yes, that’s true: if you urinate 15 times a day, you’re physically going to weigh less. But this is not actual weight loss! This is merely unhealthy temporary weight loss, and it will come roaring back the minute that water stores are replenished through diet.
Or, even harder to comprehend, if a person taking these water pills fails to restore their body’s fluid needs, they can actually suffer dehydration; which can, and has, led to coma and death.
As we discussed earlier in this book (but it’s so important that it deserves an encore here at the end), trying to lose weight by drastically cutting down calories doesn’t work; in fact, it’s unhealthy.
The thing to remember is that the body’s ability to lose weight is not controlled by calories. Calories are the input. The real control mechanism is that famous concept that you’ve become very familiar with: metabolism.
Calories are merely units of energy. It’s how your body deals with that energy that determines whether weight is gained or lost.
So with that being said, cutting down your caloric intake to, say, 1000 calories a day isn’t necessarily going to help you to get thin; because it doesn’t necessarily change your metabolism.
Indeed, as you know, if you slow down your caloric intake, your body – which is always trying to help you in the best way that it knows how – will slow down its metabolism.
Really, it makes sense: the body says that something has gone wrong; instead of the 2000 calories that it needs, it’s only getting 1000. The body doesn’t know why this is happening; it doesn’t know that you are on a diet.
It just senses that something is wrong; perhaps you’re trapped in a cave or something, or stuck in a snowstorm. So the body, trying to help you, will slow down its metabolism; it will do its best to slow down the conversion rate so that you have as much energy on hand as possible.
Now, if your body was able to read this book and you could say: look, please just do what you normally do, but do it with 1000 fewer calories a day for a while, then we might actually get somewhere.
But the body doesn’t work that way. It won’t help you to get slim if you dramatically cut down on calories.
It will slow down metabolism, and (here’s the worst part), if and when you ever increase calories again, your body will have to deal with that via a slower metabolic engine. So you can actually gain weight if, after cutting down your calories for a period of time, you find that you consume extra calories (say while on vacation or something).
It’s fair to say that any exercise is better than no exercise. So if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, then even walking around your block for 10 minutes a day is going to something positive for your body and its metabolism.
True, that difference may be imperceptible to the naked eye (or it may not?), the bottom line is that exercise is good. Yet with this being said, some people believe that they should perform low-intensity workouts even when they could be performing more high-intensity workouts.
That is, instead of jogging for 20 minutes with their heart at the top end of their aerobic zone, they opt for low-intensity jogs that barely break a sweat.
Low-intensity workouts simply don’t lead to a faster metabolism; they can’t. Remember, as we discussed very early in this book, metabolism is a process.
And that process is really one of two types: taking energy and making cells (anabolism), or breaking cells down to make energy (catabolism).
If you don’t achieve a high-intensity workout, your body can’t tap achieve catabolism; it won’t need to. And the only way your body is going to go and break down existing cells is if it needs to.
So keep this in mind as you exercise, either at home or at a gym. Low-intensity workouts are better than nothing at all, and they may be necessary if you’re recovering from injury, or just starting out on the exercise journey.
But once you reach a level of basic fitness, only high intensity (aerobic) workouts will make a difference in terms of your metabolism. High-intensity workouts force your body to find the energy to help you maintain that level of exercise, and it does so through catabolism.
Speeding up your metabolism and achieving your weight loss goals involved a certain degree of focus; after all, there’s a lot of things competing for your attention (including that delicious Chef’s Special pecan pie!), and you certainly need to be able to keep your eye on the goal in order to maintain your program.
Yet sometimes too much focus can be a bad thing, and some dieters understand this all too well.
Remember: speeding up your metabolism is a holistic effort that includes exercise, lifestyle, and diet changes.
Focusing on only one of these at the expense of the others (either one or both) can be detrimental. In fact, in some cases, it can be counter-productive.
So the myth here is that you shouldn’t go all out and focus on becoming an exercise guru, and then move onto lifestyle, and then to diet.
You have to integrate all 3 aspects into your life at the same time. True, based on your unique situation, you will likely emphasize one more than the others. That’s fine and normal. But it’s a myth – and a mistake – to ignore any one of these.
It takes all three to speed up your metabolism and to get you to your weight loss goals for the long-term.