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Diets Don't Work: Here's Why

By Virginia Laird

Annually, millions across the nation decide, for some reason, to commit to a diet. Research suggests that more than half of those who make this plan never see it through. This happens for many reasons. Truth be known: Dieting is difficult. For many, the idea of dieting consists of strict rules and cutting out almost everything that is tasty. Health and wellness experts suggest that these changes can be tough to abide by, which can lead to failure all too soon. Other reasons to make healthy lifestyle changes, rather than commit to a diet include:

  • Diets offer short-term results
  • Many diets are too restrictive
  • Lifestyle changes are the only way to true success

Diets Offer Short-Term Results

Research suggests that because most diets are extremely restrictive, they offer only short-term results. This has much to do with the reason for committing to the diet. Often individuals commit to a diet to slim up for a special occasion. Most of the time, after the special occasion has come and gone, the diet ends leading to weight gain. For this reason, experts suggest that diets are strictly a short-term answer to long lasting issues.   

Many Diets Are Too Restrictive

For weight to be lost quickly, it has been proven that diets must change. Often, this includes cutting out sugar, soda, and breads, among other items. This can make the participant of a diet feel as though the diet is too restrictive. Many who feel stuck eating boring food, find themselves battling serious cravings for sweets and junk. To avoid this from happening to you, health and wellness experts suggest changing your diet by slowly eliminating junk from your diet. This can help control issues with cravings.  

Lifestyle Changes are the Only Way to True Success

Health and wellness experts admit that the best way to shed a few pounds -- and keep them off -- is to choose to make lifestyle changes. This can include following a well-balanced diet, adding exercise to your daily routine, and drinking plenty of water. If you are one who is looking for some success with your weight loss, it can be wise to start making changes right away. Health and wellness professionals suggest that you begin by starting with your water consumption. Research suggests that drinking plenty of water can help curb your appetite and consumption of food. It is advised that you consume at least half of your body weight in ounces each day.

With this information readily available, you are now ready to make the appropriate lifestyle changes to help meet your health goals. Good luck!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Asheville, N.C.

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