Dieting isn’t fun. If you want to lose weight you’ve probably found that being on a diet, trying a new diet plan, eating special foods, avoiding the foods you crave is stressful and miserable. But according to doctors, “eating less and exercising more” is the only way to lose weight. Considering the paucity of research done on obesity, and the lack of success in all diet methods, no wonder 95% of people who go on a diet regain the weight within a few months to a couple of years.
Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results in the definition of A DIET (and insanity)!
This information (from a study done on feeding college age men a typical obesity diet) shows the physical & psychological effects of 6 months of dieting. Unfortunately, it didn’t include information about body temperature (which I’m CERTAIN had been considerably lowered during the course of the study).
- Decreased heart volume
- Slowed pulse rate
- Voluntary movements became slower
- Subjects felt older and behaved older
- Increased in apathy and DEPRESSION
- Sensitivity to noise
- General feeling of ineffectiveness
- Loss of ambition and narrowing of interests
- Increased neuroticism and hysteria
- Almost 20% of subjects showed severe “character neuroses”
- Two subjects bordered on psychoses including violence and hysteria
Then there was food preoccupation:
That included increased interest and preoccupation with food; heightened cravings, food dislikes disappeared, they became possessive about food, increased gum chewing, smoking, coffee drinking, nail biting; purchased useless items
* Some escaped the study and binged, and then felt feelings of guilt, followed by vomiting!
Ancel Key’s book (Biology of Human Starvation) explained findings of studies that he and his colleagues completed:
…in a number of cases among the women, the decline in metabolic rate was disproportionately great; only small losses in body weight produced large declines in metabolism among these women. – in reference to women under semi-starvation conditions… ~The Biology of Human Starvation
So if you starve by dieting, you will create a big deficit in metabolism, which is like essentially shooting yourself in the leg in anger because it wasn’t moving fast enough to win a race.
Dieting is NOT the way to lose weight. In fact, when you consider how eating less slows down your metabolism- We KNOW that; consider the effect of eating MORE…. Yes, it does speed up your metabolism. That’s because your body is designed to keep you at a set point, and will balance the amount of food in with the amount of energy you expend. So if you sit at a desk all day, your metabolic rate will be slower than if you have a physical job.
BUT don’t think that if you exercise a lot this is going to make you lose weight! Because the logic doesn’t follow that! Your body will pull every calorie out of what you eat, store it as belly fat, and make you hungrier in order to maintain that set point! It’s all beyond your control: it’s automatic. Your body is BRILLIANT, don’t you think?
Except, you’re thinking: If diets don’t work, then HOW do I lose weight?
It’s a matter of understanding why you are eating. Are you hungry, or are you using food as a drug for stress relief, by eating comfort food? Eating is a way to fill your stomach, not an empty heart. Learn to deal with the stress without eating. Until you have managed your stress, losing weight is going to be a losing proposition!
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