Study: 4 of 5 Women Dieters End Up Heavier

I was literally JUST having this talk with one of my friends, about how I hate dieting and how the thought of removing a single food from my diet seems just miserable. About how whenever I try to diet, I end up gaining weight. About how it’s all about moderation and that you should never deprive yourself of anything- well, anything that is REAL (you could and should probably cut out any packaged foods that have ingredients you cannot pronounce). Basically, you don’t have to think of pizza as junkfood anymore, as long as you round out your meal with say, a salad. You should NOT feel guilty about this and should simply enjoy it! Life is too short for deprivation— we should just be sensible and listen to what our bodies really want and need. Eat real, unprocessed foods. Your body will recognize the difference and appreciate it. There are times when there is a bowl of chips or candy in front of me and I mindlessly eat it- and THEN I feel guilty and, well, sick. And rightly so. BUT when it comes to meals, I believe that eating what you want in a well rounded meal, and in moderation, is the way to go. And stop when you’re full. You’ll be happy later. And then you won’t feel like you need to deprive yourself the next day to make up for it! Lastly, eating healthy doesn’t mean eating food that tastes bad. I hope that my blog has proved to you that healthy options are all around us- and they’re delicious if we’re creative and open to new things. Sure, easier said than done, right? But it’s worth a try. It’s healthier- and I believe we should all focus on being HEALTHY over being SKINNY. Healthy will lead to skinny, eventually…and it will be a much simpler, more enjoyable process.

Read this, it’s basically exactly what we were discussing…I bolded key points I agreed with most.

Study: 4 of 5 women dieters end up heavier

FIRST TRAINER | Reason weight-loss attempts fail is foolish feast-or-famine approach


September 15, 2010

Do diets really work? A recent study performed by Jenny Craig suggests otherwise.

According to the company’s research, four out of five women who diet end up heavier than they were before they restricted calories. Within just 21 days of reaching a target weight, dieters began to gain back the weight, with many gaining at least five pounds.

Despite these findings, conventional wisdom tells us a combination of diet and exercise is the only safe, healthy way to lose weight.

So what’s the problem: A feast and famine approach. Most people tend to follow a feast and famine program when it comes to dieting. They drastically reduce calories for days, weeks and even months, prohibiting themselves from enjoying even the smallest indulgence.

Unfortunately, our willpower can take only so much, and the more we deny ourselves a bite of cake or a bowl of ice cream, the more we fantasize about those treats. Some dieters even admit that they dream about food! Predictably, dieters eventually cave, giving into all of their gluttonous desires.

While willpower is important, it shouldn’t be the only thing powering your food choices. It’s also important to eat foods that you enjoy, even if they aren’t always healthy.

The key is moderation, but more importantly, you need to reset your way of thinking. Generally speaking, there is no such thing as “bad” food or “good” food (although ingredients might be a different story). As long as you eat a reasonable amount and don’t exceed your daily caloric requirements, you won’t gain.

So what does this mean? Try to mainly fill up on protein and vegetables at every meal, but allow yourself a serving of fat once a day. For example, if you put cream cheese on your bagel at breakfast, skip the cheese on your salad at lunch. If you want to have creamy mashed potatoes at dinner, make sure to have a lighter lunch.

Don’t live your life in diet mode. Along with findings regarding weight gain, the Jenny Craig survey also found that one in five women are constantly on a diet, and that six out of 10 women are currently dieting. If this sounds familiar, you are no doubt familiar with how difficult and depressing it can be to diet 24/7. You are constantly counting calories and you feel like a failure if you enjoy something other than carrot sticks and rice cakes.

What’s the solution? You have to find a way to reset your way of thinking. Healthy eating shouldn’t be a punishment, or something you do whenever you feel bad about yourself or are going through a rough breakup. Instead, it should be something that you do to make yourself feel good and look good. If you start to consider healthy eating as a gift rather than punishment, you will be more likely to make smart choices and be happy while doing it.

Healthy eating is just part of the journey. Exercise is a crucial part of any healthy lifestyle, and not just because it tones muscle and burns calories. One recent study published in PLoS Medicine found that people who are predisposed to obesity can decrease this genetic link by up to 40 percent simply through exercising.

All of this adds up to one truth: Diets are tortuous and they don’t work. Instead, enjoy your favorite foods in moderation, eat right and exercise!

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