What Makes A Diet Successful –

February 21, 2012 in Nutrition

When it comes to a diet/nutrition program, complacence is usually the limiting factor.  It doesn’t matter how scientifically correct a diet is if you don’t follow it. Here are three things that ultimately determine the success and compliance of a diet/nutrition program:

    • Does it make you feel better?
    • Are you seeing results?
    • Is it sustainable?

 

Does your diet/nutrition program make you feel better?

There are a lot of diets and nutritional strategies out there.  While many of them are geared at weight loss.  A healthy diet should provide you with improved energy levels, better sleep, better digestion and overall improvements in your health.  People feel like crap on low fat diets and calorie restricted diets because they are depriving the body of vital nutrients to do the things you need to live a healthy life.  A diet that switches you from nutrient depleting processed foods to gluten free whole foods like the paleo diet, will improve your health while helping you lose fat, not just weight.

Are you seeing results with your diet/nutrition program?

Ultimately the goal of any diet is to see results in the mirror.  This is one of the areas where most people get discouraged.  Some people can see results by making small changes or following a diet only part of the time.  These people tend to be either extremely over weight, or those genetically efficient at losing body fat.  Extremely overweight people can sometimes see success with less change because they are so far on one end of the scale that any improvement is a major improvement.  When you are drinking 12 cokes per day, quitting only soda can make a huge difference.  The other extreme is those people that have a real easy time losing fat, because they have good genes to do so.  These people would likely stay very lean year around if they just ate a fairly healthy diet.  Then there is the majority of everyone else who will not see much of a change, if any when they make small changes.  At least not in the time frame they want.  The average person who tries a diet will quit after the first week if they are not happy with the progress.  This makes small changes a very unsuccessful approach for most because they wont stick with a program that doesn’t provide a significant change.

Why baby steps are less successful for nutrition:

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The average person eats so poorly these days, they are in a state of gaining weight and getting fatter.  Small changes might only be enough to either slow down the weight gain, or bring them to a stand still.  Neither of which is very motivating for someone to stay on a diet.  This is one of the reasons that people will say diet and exercise doesn’t work.  They simply don’t make a big enough change to show the results they are looking for.  Putting some sporty tires on a Toyota Camry will not turn it into a Aston Martin the same way skipping the candy jar at work isn’t going to make up for you still eating bread and sugar with every meal.

Is it sustainable?

If a diet/nutrition program is healthy for you, it should be sustainable.  Programs that restrict calories for instance are not sustainable.  One of the most unhealthy diets out there is the HCG diet. I’m not even going to go into how much complete BS all the marketing about it is.  The basis of the diet is a way to convince people to restrict their calories to 500 per day.  No living adult body can function properly on 500 calories per day.  Yes you will lose weight, BECAUSE YOU’RE STARVING!  The amount of calories most females can consume while still losing weight is over double that.  Have you ever watched one of those save the children commercials and thought “wow those kids look so healthy, I wonder what diet they are on?”.  Well thats the low calorie diet at work folks.

Diet Results.001 001 What Makes A Diet Successful   The perks of a calorie restricted diet:

    • Slower metabolism leading to more fat gain later
    • demineralization of bones, muscles, and teeth
    • decreased brain function
    • depression
    • muscle loss
    • poor immune function
    • And hating life

 

What to take from this article:

If you are going to try a diet or nutrition program, make sure it is a healthy diet, and make sure you do your best to follow it 100%.  If your goal is to lose fat, you should be exercising as well.  If you are not seeing results and feeling better after doing those above things, then this is probably either not the right for fit for you, or you are missing something else that needs addressed.  If you find yourself struggling, a consultation with a BioSignitaure practitioner could set you on the right path with your nutrition and supplementation.