The ball drops and we ring in the New Year.
For 62,776,640 (or 13.77%) of Google users this means doing a search query on ‘Get Healthy’. Losing weight is the most popular of New Year’s resolutions, one which begins with best intentions yet 80% of people fail their commitment by February.
What is it about dieting that makes it so difficult?
You would imagine the 45 million+ people that go on one every year and the $33 billion spent on weight loss products would have a profound effect on our society’s weight problem. Alas, that’s not the case.
Much of the contributions of dieting failure attributes to a few factors:
· Drastic (unrealistic) lifestyle changes
· Lack of support network
The usual suspect to failure is that dieting sends our lifestyle out of whack.
Dieting is a temporary solution to a long-term problem. We gravitate to fad diets because they have grandiose claims and promises. We want a quick fix for losing weight and this often means we try all forms of dieting products from weight loss shakes to the “grapefruit” diet.
We rebel and fall back to old habits when we remove foods we love and force ourselves to diet using specific, unwanted products. We’re at battle with our willpower.
There are better ways to getting healthy:
1. Make conscious decisions to replace sugary snacks with fatty nuts or fruits
2. Measure and track foods while reducing portions
3. Commit to cooking at home where you have greater control over what you eat
You can add to this shift in lifestyle by using supplements and products like those on Plexus Worldwide which allow you to eat the foods you love while encouraging the body to stay active and burn calories.
If we’re able to adjust our lifestyle and make better decisions about our eating habits then we won’t need to go on temporary diets – we’ll have the willpower and routine that will shed the pounds.
The second – misinformation – is propagated by “junk science”. It’s the type of information your aunt shared on Facebook that makes claims with no real scientific backing. We trust in our emotions rather than relying on the research found through studies.
It hurts when we consume media that flip-flops our perception:
· Processed sugar is the enemy. No wait, it’s carbs!
· A vegan diet is best. Forget that, I want nothing but meat!
What losing weight (and getting healthy) comes down to is counting the macros and having a balanced diet. If you burn more calories than what you take in then you’ll create a deficit and lose weight – end of story. It’s good to lean toward fresh foods but if you have fast food or sugary snacks don’t fret. If you moderate and count calories then eat what you desire.
The final component that helps our ability to diet (and lifestyle choices) is to develop a support system.
Support is found through:
· An accountability buddy (such as a best friend also looking to lose weight)
· The support and motivation cheered on by family
· Commercial programs (like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers)
There are also medical and behavior modification programs that have been effective.
Dieting is not particularly hard in theory but becomes so in practice. There are many factors that go against your success, from lack of willpower to misinformation. It may take a few times before the diet “sticks” but eventually, it happens once you’re 100% ready to commit.
This time next year you’ll be able to say “I did it! I stuck to my New Year’s resolution.”.