Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | June 17, 2010

Why Diets NEVER Work

If you are reading this, there is a very good chance you have been on a diet at one time or another.  You’re not alone.  On any given day, there are millions of Americans on a diet.  This is understandable given that 67% of all Americans are overweight, and 34% are clinically obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  The problem is that diets simply DO NOT work.  They inevitably fail for at least two reasons.  First, diets are usually short-term measures.  They are designed to dramatically modify your eating habits for a specific period of time during which you may see positive results.  In fact, if you strictly adhere to your diet regimen, you will probably lose weight (of course, sticking to a diet is much easier said than done).  The problem is few diets are designed to last for the rest of your life.  Once you achieve your weight loss goals, you will eventually return to your previous eating habits.  You will then gain the lost weight back plus some additional weight. 

This additional weight is directly connected to the second problem with diets.  The weight you lose during your diet will include water, fat and to a great extent, muscle.  This happens whenever you lose more than about 1 pound per week and is exacerbated by diets that don’t include both cardiovascular and resistance exercise.  The problem is that muscle loss lowers your metabolism (defined as the number of calories you burn per day at rest).  For every pound of muscle you lose, you burn roughly 6 fewer calories per day.  If your diet causes 15 pounds of muscle loss, you will burn 90 fewer calories a day.  This may not sound like much, but over the course of one year, you’ll burn 32,850 fewer calories.  This adds up to a 9 pound weight gain even if you continue to eat a restricted diet!  So whatever you do, don’t go on a diet. In upcoming posts, I will provide you with steps you can take to lose weight and keep it off…permanently!

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