Has Dieting Made You Temporarily Crazy and Permanently Heavy?

Lianda Ludwig
Losing weight is not just about what you eat. It's about what's eating you. Amazon Best Selling author, Lianda Ludwig, M.S. former Canyon Ranch Behavioral Therapist, works with stressed out dieters who have lost weight and regained it time and again. Her Mentabolism Mindset Transformation program will help you to reprogram your subconscious programming that is preventing permanent weight loss. Discover how you can lose weight and keep it off without naturally, without ever dieting again. Get her free report: 5 Dirty Secrets The Diet Industry Doesn't Want You To Know - http://www.MakeItSoMindset.com/report
Lianda Ludwig
Lianda Ludwig
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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).

Physical Changes:

  • Decreased heart volume
  • Slowed pulse rate
  • Voluntary movements became slower
  • Subjects felt older and behaved older

Personality Changes:

  • 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!

To learn more, make sure to get my free report that will help you understand why diets don’t work. 


  1. Twitter:
    These are valid points. Dieting is never fun and can lead to severe issues. I think depression and fatigue or lack of energy is a few. I think exercise combined with proper food is the key.
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    • Twitter:
      Thanks for commenting. Eating enough food is absolutely essential, and exercise for stress relief can help as well. But when people cut back on eating, and increase the exercise, they’re putting themselves on the path to eventual weight gain!
      So don’t diet!
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  2. Twitter:
    I agree with a point where you speak about depression..I have often noticed that problem with myself anytime i try to deprive myself from eating what i want.
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  3. Twitter:
    Hi Lianda !
    Thank you for sharing your best ideas. It is all about diet. I do not like fasting but light meal is helpful.
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    • Twitter:
      Thanks for your comment. The point of the article is that fasting is dangerous, and even “light meals” can slow down your metabolism and make you miserable. Eat mindfully, and your body will reward you with joy from your meal, good digestion, and maintaining a healthy weight.
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    • Leslie Edwards says:

      Try intermittent fasting. It’s not dangerous. You still eat as much as you need but within an 8 hour window. The other 16 hours is fasting but you already have your caloric needs so it’s all good. I’ve seen great results from it

      • Twitter:
        WHY would you do intermittent fasting? The entire point is that your BODY gives you signals about when you are hungry, and when you are full. If you ALWAYS had listened to them, you would never need to lose weight. But even now, if you follow what your body tells you, eating slowly and mindfully, you will lower the stress level, and your metabolism will improve. AND you can lose weight without ever dieting. A diet is a a recipe for weight gain. Don’t do it!
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  4. Twitter:
    Stress and tensions can effect the more in my views, Un balance diet also effect at some extent.
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    • Twitter:
      Thanks for your comment. People all over the world in foods that are available where they live, at the times of the year of availability. It’s not always “balanced”. And they can do fine with their weight- but all bets are off when they are stressed out.
      If you’re lucky enough to make balanced food choices, go for it- but remember the stress relief- and never go on a diet!
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  5. Twitter:
    Great. My wife has gained a significant amount of weight after our child was born. I hope this article will help her Thank you.
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    • Twitter:
      The FIRST thing I encourage you to do is to tell her you love her the way she is: If she feels you are judging her, it will cause her embarrassment, shame, humiliation and that all is stressful. That stressful feeling ALONE can prevent her from ever losing the weight. Her body will go back, if she “allows” it. Encourage her to nurture herself with food mindfully. It works all the time.. And stress makes the weight grow and become next to impossible to lose- no matter what kind of diet you’re on.
      If you want to learn more, visit my site, and get my report. I can help her!
      Thanks for writing,
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  6. charles Leahy says:

    The hardest part for me is not going to the shop to get a tub of ice cream! :-) I like Ice Cream! LOL.

    Great article! Keep up the great work!

    • Twitter:
      This is the point that I make on my site, and in my program. Any food that you love and avoid has POWER over you. You should fill your freezer and eat it until it doesn’t become the “devil” for you anymore. Eating mindfully- paying attention to your body’s signals of hunger and satiation is the way that nature designed us; but people are so busy multitasking that they don’t sit down and enjoy a meal!
      Furthermore, they’re so stressed, that their metabolisms are suppressed, UNTIL they deal with their stress.
      Come to my site to learn more- and don’t be a slave to ice-cream! Enjoy it!
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  7. Twitter:
    hello LIanda yeah great article for those who faces this type of problems, BTW if you left the food for getting a slim body then it is less possible and it will be dangerous also, you should keep maintain your timetable.
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  8. Twitter:
    Diet not disturbs you emotionally as well psychologically and can have much adverse impacts then you had ever thought of.
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  9. Twitter:
    Hey Lianda,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this important post with us. Yes, depression is the main cause of increasing weight and for reducing weight we have to try to reduce our stress.
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    • Twitter:
      It’s so nice to read when someone understands the issue, and makes intelligent comments! You are completely correct: depression/anxiety and all kinds of stress causes weight gain – and in order to get back to a better weight, you have to deal with the stress. The weight will follow!
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  10. My Sister is lifetime dieting. She says that only closed mouth can lead you to success in any diest or weight loss. Anyway she is always so stressed when on a diet..
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    • Twitter:
      Please encourage your sister to read on my site. She will only get herself more stressed, and eventually gain more weight by dieting. She needs to stop dieting, and find happiness in her life. Only then will the weight come off- stop focusing on her body.
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  11. Twitter:
    hi Lianda,
    i do agree that dieting can never be the solution for a good health. What good health takes is a balanced diet combined with a good proportion of the daily exercise.
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  12. Twitter:
    Hey Linda,

    It’s a good thing that you’ve tackled this topic. Let’s face it, it’s easy for us to get big but it’s hard for us to get small. That’s just the way life goes. I’m not totally crazy about diet but I’ve got to be honest, I want to trim down my weight. I think physical determination is enough for this kind of goal to be achieved. We have to be mentally tough also in order for us to succeed.
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  13. Twitter:
    I think you missed the point of the article: you didn’t get overweight from over-eating. You got overweight from STRESS, and dieting will only put your body in a MORE stressful state. Dieting is NOT the way to lose those pounds. Dealing with stress, and eating mindfully, rather than using food as a stress reliever is the answer-
    Good luck-
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  14. Twitter:
    Hey Linda.
    it is always a thing of concern for those people who eat enormously which causes the problems like fat,overweight etc….i am with you on this poin that “It’s a matter of understanding why you are eating. Are you hungry, or are you using food as a drug for stress relief”
    As it gives you the resion behind the eating if this is positive then that is good for your health otherwise its just a wastage…….
    Thanks for valuable support….
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  15. Twitter:
    Hello Lianda, nice post. Dieting makes a person crazy and permanently heavy. It should be noted that why we are eating. If we are hungry then it is ok. That makes a good effect on our health also.
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  16. Twitter:
    Hi Linda,
    This article is a composed and well written one. I always thought that is it really important to follow a diet plan to reduce weight and things are going to work. Eating is one of the most common needs of human and regulating it for some other reason can always prove harmful. This post has actually made things clear for me.
    Thanks a lot for all this information.
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  17. Twitter:
    I do not want to lose weight. I do not have such problems. I have only 72 Kg and 1.81 m. I am quite skinny. Anyway thanks forsharing these tips Lianda.
    Best regards from I. C. Daniel
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  18. I didn’t have any idea of such type of after effects of dieting. These physical and personality changes are very crucial for a person. Great work and thanks.
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  19. Twitter:
    Hi Jennifer,
    Thanks for your comment. Yes, it’s really sad that most people don’t understand how bad dieting is for you emotionally and physically. And it’s a worthless method to lose the weight permanently. But we’ve all been brainwashed, and the overweight person is one of the most popular subjects for jokes and mean remarks. It makes it all the more difficult for people to find their path towards normalized weight.
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  20. Twitter:
    hello lianda , yes i agree. only diesting is not enough. we should do some light excercise with it otherwise it may result in negative effects
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    • Twitter:
      Hi –
      Light exercise can be great for stress relief. Dieting doesn’t work at all, and just ends up frustrating the dieter when they gain back the weight, and blame themselves for the failure. The failure is with the concept of dieting. So yes, exercise, but don’t over do it. Balance in all things- and stress relief is most important!
      Thanks for commenting-
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  21. Twitter:
    A friend of mine was severely depressed last year and went through periods of compulsive overeating and ended up being 20 kgs overweight. He got depressed even more because of looking fat and ugly. He decided to check with a nutritionist who referred him to a psychiatrist. When his depression was treated successfully, he automatically stopped overeating.
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  22. Very interesting and valid points. Stress is so important to eradicate firstly. I think although the key to losing weight is to exercise and eat less there are many other things that can help you achieve your goal.

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