The act of “going on a diet” generally works in the short term, but
rarely lasts. People gain
Soon after “going off” their diet.
So do diets fail?
Business Insider reached out to registered dietitian Whitney
Stuart of Whitness
Nutrition concerning the issue.
Stuart told us that the whole concept of a diet is backwards,
Because typically, what society thinks of as a “diet” is
“based on the notion of less.” That could mean cutting calories or
food groups, having to weigh every ingredient, or only eating at
Specific times|Times|Occasions — the list goes on.
Most fad diets have
strict, specific rules. Ultimately, Stuart|Stuart stated, these diets
Tend to be unsustainable for long periods of time, let alone the
rest of your life.
The idea of deprivation, ingrained in many diets, “gives us
Control over a situation” in the short term, Stuart said, possibly
Leading people to think, “I have not eaten any cookies, I am so
“This short term diet does not become a habit,” she said, “and 10
Days — maybe two weeks — later, we|We see that deprivation rebound
When self-control finally|When dwindles. Because that is constrained.”
At this time, Stuart says,|point|time people frequently|people binge. Folks tell
Themselves, “I haven’t eaten any cookies in two weeks, I deserve
one! I earned this cookie!”
Stuart told Business Insider this puts the person back in square|back|Business Insider this puts the person back at square|back was told by Stuart
One, and sometimes in a negative state of mind because they may
Now feel guilty for eating too many|eating cookies. They view themselves
as “bad” or “out of control,” she said.
“You and your goodness (or lack thereof) aren’t affected by what
You consume,” Stuart said. “This mentality is so dangerous.”
It is true there are a few things we should try and avoid,|are she said.
Endless fast food, concentrated sweets, dangerous drugs, and
Excessive alcohol probably shouldn’t be consumed on the routine.
“But we should not promote the deprivation-based diets since the sole
Successful tool that will provide weight loss, because it is not,”
How can you stick to a diet?
Stuart recommends making changes that are small but sustainable, remaining
Away from anything intense, and building up small|up changes over
time. The kicker is, she said, most people do not want to make the
Lifestyle adjustments to last.
“Most people would rather have a dreadful 10 days of a raw,
Low-carb, no salt, no sugar, no water diet and return to their
Old habits than really have to tackle that $150 Frappuccino bill
They’re racking up every month,” Stuart said.
She urges easing into things:
- Instead of jumping straight to a vegan diet, Stuart claims to
Commit to two handful of vegetables at every dinner meal, at least
Three days per week first. It doesn’t mean becoming a vegan is not
Possible; the change that is slower will make it more likely to survive.
- Rather than a 21-day sugar “cleanse,” Stuart suggests trying
To “slowly wean yourself from all six pumps of vanilla on your
‘breakfast latte’ and eventually, make yourself a few eggs at
- Rather than jumping on the paleo diet trend, Stuart said, just
Clean out all the snacks that are packaged and processed and replace them
With sliced|With carrots, celery|Celery, and bell peppers.
Ultimately, smaller|Ultimately|Smaller|Finally changes over a period of time could land
you on the same diet you wanted in the first place, but in a
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