Has your diet failed you? Chances are that the weight loss plans that you have tried in the past were not designed for your long-term success.
There are many trend diets that make their way to the mainstream. Most restrict the types of foods you eat, including all carbohydrates, starches, and fats, and at the same time don’t include education on how to eat for long-term maintenance. The result is an average slow-down in your metabolism by 5-10 percent.
Trend diets make it extremely difficult to maintain weight loss (liquid-diet, shake-diet, Atkins, etc.). If these diets provide any kind result it will usually be in the form of water and muscle loss. This type of quick weight loss will cause your hormones to signal your body to store all calories as fat. Moreover, once you “go off” the diet, you will end up with more excess weight than before, in the form of fat, not muscle.
What? Gaining more weight and fat from trying to lose weight! Exactly. Trend diets cause you to lose the things that are the most important for your metabolism: muscle and water. We will show you which diets cause the most harm and how to reverse and heal the damage.
Let’s look at the 4 most popular diets and why they don’t work
High-protein/low-carbohydrate programs will emphasize that protein-filled foods can leave you satisfied and satiated without having to add carbohydrates.
These programs often eliminate fruits and vegetables as well as starches and grains. The problem is that most of the weight lost on these diets is water weight and muscle, not body fat.
Your metabolism is fueled by muscle. Fat slows down your metabolism and lean muscle mass boosts your metabolism.
Your fat-to-lean muscle ratio is what dictates how effectively your metabolism burns excess fat. The more lean muscle you have, the more your body can burn fat.
WebMD reports that high protein diets may raise cholesterol, hurt your kidneys and cause osteoporosis and kidney stones.
Diets like these also take out the food variety that our body needs to stay healthy.
Fat gets a lot of attention for many good reasons. The wrong types of fats can raise cholesterol levels in the blood, increasing a person’s risk for heart disease. While some people have found success using low-fat diets, there are many arguments as to whether low fat is best.
Fat adds flavor, fullness and texture to foods. To make low-fat foods taste better, manufactures compensate for the reduced fat by adding more sugar. This often raises your blood sugar levels which in turn makes your body more likely to store fat instead of burn it.
Research has found that instead of avoiding fat all together it’s important to distinguish between “good fats” and “bad fats”
Calories, Calories, Calories. They’re all around us. Whether it’s a cheeseburger, a hot fudge sundae, a blueberry muffin or an egg-white omelet, we can’t escape them. That’s why many believe a sure-fire method to weight loss is cutting back on the number of calories consumed each day.
That is not optimal because food provides the body with the energy and nutrients it needs to function properly. You cannot starve yourself thin. Believe it or not, you need to eat to lose weight.
Calorie-restricted diets put the body in a state of controlled starvation, which ultimately slows your metabolism. Calories are not the enemy, they are simply a measure of the energy you are consuming, which your body then uses as fuel. Restricting your fuel can keep you from reaching your weight loss goals.
Starvation is not the answer. The answer is finding which foods reduce cravings, and keep you full and fueled.
Carbohydrate-counting diets are not the same as low-carb diets. Carb-counting refers to a system of setting a maximum amount of carbohydrates consumed per meal or per day. The theory is that this will keep blood levels in a targeting range. While results may vary, the types of carbohydrates consumed may have a negative impact on weight loss.
These diets normally don’t distinguish between high and low quality carbohydrates. These dieters may opt-to eat mostly the low-quality ones (like cake, or candy bars) instead of learning the value of limiting “junk” or processed foods.
Carbs are not enemy. They are a healthy and vital fuel when you choose the kind that will provide sustained energy, fat loss, cardiovascular and blood sugar support.
What Does Work?
Successful Weight Loss programs incorporate high quality food from all groups (Protein, Fat, & Carbs), proper exercise, science-based supplementation, and sound education. The TLS program (Transitions Lifestyle) makes living with a healthy lean body a permanent deal.