The reason that most diets fail is because of the long-term compliance. When this happens, people that lose weight will regain it and most of the time they will exceed what they lost in the first place.
What is a diet? A diet is a short-term strategy to lose weight. Long-term weight loss is the results of an alteration in a person’s lifestyle.
Another way to test a diet to determine whether or not it can be a long-term diet is to ask yourself if you can eat that way for the rest of your life. After you say that to yourself, many of the fad diets will automatically be eliminated.
The hardest part about losing weight is not getting the weight off but rather keeping the weight off. The missing link for long-term weight loss is exercise. It is a key component of long-term weight loss. If a diet plan focuses only on your diet and doesn’t incorporate exercise then it fails the long-term weight loss test. A weight loss program that doesn’t stress the importance of exercise is like buying a car without tires. It is also important to note that not all exercise is the same. Some people just do aerobics but don’t do resistance training, which is very important to weight loss.
Another important factor of weight loss is the psychological aspect of why people fail to maintain a long-term weight loss diet. A number of studies have been done that found that some people had a tendency to evaluate self-worth in terms of weight and shape. They also have a lock of vigilance with regard to weight control – they had a tendency to use eating to regulate mood.
The question that you may be asking yourself right now is why don’t all weight loss programs incorporate all of these factors. But you have to realize that for weight loss businesses, that exactly what it is – a business. Telling people what they really need is not going to guarantee they sell of their products. The big picture of permanent weight loss is how you can look at a weight loss program and decide for yourself if it’s for you, based on what has been covered above. You have to remember that permanent weight loss is not about finding a quick fix diet, but making a commitment to life style changes that include nutrition and exercise. Make sure the weight loss program you choose must pass the “Can I eat that way for the rest of my life?” test. Also, the weight loss program you choose should ultimately teach you how to eat and be self-reliant so you can make informed long-term choices about your nutrition. Most importantly is that the weight loss program you choose should attempt to help with motivation, goal setting, and support, but can’t be a replacement for psychological counseling if needed.