As popular as diets are, they don’t always have the lasting effect people hope for. After trying again and again without getting results, it can be discouraging. Especially if you are on a restrictive plan and constantly feel deprived. This deprivation can further increase cravings for forbidden foods, creating a vicious cycle.
Many studies show that dieters have trouble sticking to it because if your body gives up something cold turkey, it starts to crave that thing even more. The result? People feel like they have failed and end up going back to their bad habits. Instead of cutting things out completely, learn the art of moderation instead. Here are all the reasons why diets don’t work and what you should do instead.
1. Sticking to too strict a plan
There is a fun way to eat healthy, and dieting is not it. When you commit to a strict plan, you begin to crave these foods even more than before you went on the diet. This overly strict regime is the reason.
2. You feel deprived in restaurants
When you’re on a diet, going to restaurants can be challenging. You can constantly scan menus for low-calorie, healthy choices among the butter-rich options. When you get these cravings or feel deprived, you may give in and end up overeating or making otherwise poor food decisions. The result? When going out, order in moderation or only appetizers.
3. It drains you of energy
Food is fantastic because it fills you up for hours. If you’re on a no-carb diet, you’re probably exhausted, and the feeling of that exhaustion is a lack of fuel. Dieting can make you feel tired all the time because your body is deprived of food. That’s why fad diets aren’t ideal, but a balanced and healthy lifestyle is.
4. No balance
Like everything else in life, balance is very important. If you feel like your diet is taking over your life and keeping you from being happy, it probably means you’re not allowing a healthy balance into your life. Can’t decide between zero or four pancakes? Maybe you can only eat one pancake.
5. Temptation surrounds you
When you’re on a diet, temptation seems to come at you from all angles. Even at the gym there are smoothies full of sugar, and at work there are donuts, cake and other things that make you want to scratch that junk food itch. To remedy this, you can have just one cake or half a donut at work parties, but you can also bring your own tasty and nutritious snacks, such as fruit salad.
6. Makes you crave forbidden foods more than ever
The whole point of dieting is to cut out the forbidden foods, but for some reason we crave junk food even more when we completely give it up. Instead, try making healthy substitutes and swaps, such as substituting butter for yogurt in a cake or brownie mix. Try this on a set of recipes and just see the possibilities.
7. Our bodies long to live in moderation
As humans, we naturally crave balance, so learn how to let go of that all-or-nothing mentality. Learning to live in moderation can be interpreted in many ways. First, you can start making food at home instead of always eating out, which will allow you to control the ingredients. As hard as it may be to leave diet culture behind, your brain and body will thank you in the long run.