The Real Reason Your Diet Won't Work
The world of diets and nutrition is an information minefield... Which one really works? What's best for me? For fat loss? Muscle gain? For HIIT training or weight training?
Here's the truth.
All diets work. And all diets fail.
Confused yet? We don't blame you...
Don't worry, it's not all that confusing...and the good new is, you can find out here what ACTUALLY works, like, for real.
Why Diets Work
People have seen success with zero carb diets, juice fasting, 5:2, vegan diets, raw diets, cabbage soup diets (ew). It's true, people on these diets have all lost weight...not because carbs make you gain weight or cabbage soup has magical fat burning powers. Why do they work?
Simples. Calorie deficit.
By cutting out large food groups, whether it's carbs, fats, meat..or solid food all together, you will be consuming fewer calories than before. And, if you consume fewer calories than you burn on a daily basis, you will lose weight. No magic, no superfood, no secrets...just simple biology.
"But I've tried everything!" they say. So why, if you're in a calorie deficit, do diets always fail?
Simples. It's not sustainable. For two reasons...
1. Cutting something out means you'll end up craving it more. One day, the urge to eat a pizza with a side of pasta followed by cheesecake will become too great, and you'll cave. Deprivation is not sustainable, because it's not enjoyable.
The answer? Don't cut anything out completely. It really is all about moderation and balance! Try following an 80/20 rule.
2. Slower metabolism. In a serious calorie deficit, your body will go into "fight or flight" mode, meaning it reduces the rate at which it burns calories to minimum. This means you need to consume even less to maintain the deficit and your weight loss will plateau.
The answer? Maintain the minimum possible calorie deficit to drop fat slowly and steadily...basically eating as much as possible while you can still lose weight.
Don't jump on the next fad diet that claims to be the ultimate solution. Instead, if you're looking to drop fat for good, eat in a small calorie deficit and focus on:
- 80% good, nutrient dense foods and 20% treats
- Plenty of vegetables and fruit
- Balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats in each meal
If you have questions, alway find a reputable and qualified dietician!