So today I want to address a basic floor in all diet programs. There is one thing diet programs don’t address with regards to the energy formula and why they don’t work as a long term way to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
If you’re unfamiliar with the energy formula I’m referring to check out this article here before you continue: The Energy Formula You Need To Know To Be Able To Control Your Weight
You can not escape the fact that our bodies need energy to function and we need to eat and drink to get the energy we need to help us through our day. We are constantly doing a juggling act between consuming the right number of calories we need. Consume too much and we start to gain weight, consume too little and we start to lose weight.
Every single diet program that I know of is designed to manipulate this energy formula in a way that when followed will guarantee the amount of food (and calories) you consume in a given period of time is less than the amount of food you actually need. This in turn results in weight lost. Sounds simple right? It’s only when you start to follow a diet that it starts to become clear you’re having to make sacrifices to your daily eating habits in order to stick to the diet. Of course a lot of diets out there are just plain goofy, just eating one type of food for a week or two or even worse cutting out food altogether and just drink liquids is never going to be a good or healthy strategy to losing weight and these type of diets should be avoided at all costs.
Even the less restrictive diet programs out there today still manipulate the energy formula one way or another by restricting the amount of total calories that you consume over the course of a week and ensure that over this period of time, you’ve consumed less calories than used. Some assign points to foods, some restrict certain food groups. Either way, it’s the food they are restricting but they all miss one important thing.
The energy formula can be manipulated in two ways. The first way is by restricting the amount of calories you consume through eating and drinking. This restricts the amount of calories consumed. If you don’t consume the calories, then your body can’t store it as excess fat. The second way is by burning calories. No diet program has exercise built-in to the very heart of the way they work. There are some diet programs, which over the last decade have kind of bolted on exercise as a thing to be doing but that’s only because exercise is seen as a must do for anyone to be living healthier. Of course, this is something we’ve all known for years but there is a major reason why diets don’t incorporate exercise into the heart of their programs.
Marketing is a big part of the reason, maybe even the only reason, why exercise isn’t included as part of a diet. As soon as the “exercise” word is used, a diet program just sounds like too much work. Incorporate exercise into a diet and sales are going to suffer as a result. We all want a quick fix but unfortunately when it comes to being healthy quick fixes don’t exist.
Because of this flaw, diet programs are never good for a long term fix or strategy to maintaining weight. They are designed to work in the short term but because they can’t be followed on a regular basis when someone comes off a diet, they revert back to old habits and put any weight lost back on again. This is why diets don’t work. I encourage you to not go on a diet but start implementing healthy lifestyle habits which will follow you for the rest of your life, not just for a few weeks while you try to shed some pounds. You will have way more success! Also note, a healthy lifestyle requires exercise. There is no getting away from this fact so the sooner you accept exercise needs to be a part of your day, the sooner you will be able to start living a much healthier lifestyle.