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Why Do We Fall for Diets That Fail Us?

The Science Behind Fad Diets and Social Inclusion

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Wish they would put these in audio. I can't read articles or books anymore due to my TBI. Suggestion Box:---please put articles in audio format as an option for those of us with disabilities. Thank you. Report
The problem with low carb no carb diets are that you are really eliminating huge food groups, most fruits, a lot of grains, and some vegetables. All of which are good for you. I have tried the Carbohydrate Addicts diet, Atkins, South Beach diet, low carb, low fat, grapefruit,diet pills, and many numerous diets. All of them worked for me to lose 5 - 10 pounds just to have them come back when i start to slowly add back the "BAD" foods.
I have found when you eliminate so much from your diet, you are not successful in keeping it as a permanent lifestyle. No one can do these things for the rest of your life. I have found that i cant and i just decided that i am not eliminating anything, i just make sure my choices are healthy and fit into my nutritional , and calories that i need for the day.Also daily movement, i try to do at least 180 minutes of exercise a week. I know that i can stick with this for life and am looking forward to being healthier and not just thinner. Report
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Great article! Report
Trying a fad diet is an act of desperation. I remember the Ayds diet and Metrecal. There was a grapefruit and cigarettes diet I never tried because I didn't smoke. They are funny looking back on them, but I was serious at the time. Report
Good article. Report
I think everyone tries the fad diets but soon find out that they do not work in the long run I just watch how much I eat and make sure that I get some exercise It may take longer but it is well worth it to me Report
As a teenager my stepdad encouraged me to do the grapefruit diet with him - the irritating thing was that he lost weight and I didn't. Used to do the food bar thing or canned drink -- but it was really a shortcut to not having to prepare a meal and not a great way to "normalize" my eating habits. My husband does low carb, but he is learning to put his own spin on it in his 2nd time working with it. Me, I just count calories and go low fat somewhat. I worry more about diet pills and stuff like that. Report
A "diet" may be a kick start to lose some weight but in the end changing your lifestyle and what you eat day to day makes it happen. Stay away from processed "food" and stick with whole food, learn to cook from scratch with quality ingredients and find balance. Report
I've tried a lot of diet's over the years, when younger it wasn't as hard to do. But the older I get the harder it got to lose. I tried nutrisystem a few years ago and it really works and I actually keep it off awhile. It got really expensive though it learned me how to eat it worked for a while. I went back to my old ways and started gaining it back. I wasn't until I started on spark and started eating healthier cutting out all oil's except coconut oil and olive oil, eating more fruit and vegetables, getting more of the right fiber, carbs, and fats that I started seeing results. The Beyond diet is what worked for me. Report
We will see how the low carb and keto diets work in the long run. This burning fat as fuel is seen as a cure all for disease and building muscle without needing to spend hours in a gym. Sure sounds good on paper and they have been researching the results. One Dr. has claimed he has cured 1000's of patients of various diseases putting them on a keto diet. Also it was well documented that putting epileptics on a keto diet helped them. Interesting food for thought. My Naturopath wanted me to try an elimination diet to see if there was any food group that I reacted to. Dairy, gluten, soy and eggs are the most reactive foods that cause inflammation in the body. So its not a fad diet to eliminate them, just a test to see if they bother you. When you add them back if they upset you, then you know they are not right for you. A friend went on a special diet for her psoriasis which cured it and she has slowly added the restricted foods back in to see if they react now, and so far so good. Sometimes your gut just needs a break. No one on the keto diet says to stay on it for the rest of your life, but to go on and off it as needed. I prefer Spark's idea of all things in moderation, but it so happens I prefer a vegetarian style diet with all whole foods, fresh and without labels. Bread products do not appeal to me so I don't eat them. I have maintained for seven years as a vegetarian which I have preferred to eat my whole life. Meat simply does not appeal to me. Sometimes your body will tell you what is right if you are listening. Report
I think I typed too much below LOL...
Anyhow,
Since my last doc. visit in December, I have lost 21 lbs according to her scales, dropped my triglycerides from 517 to 173 and improved my HDL from 28 to 47, and my overall cholesterol did NOT go up, and my blood pressure is finally NORMAL, it had been running very high for a year, even on meds and she no longer considers me pre-diabetic. My doctor said, whatever you are doing, keep it up, you look like you feel so much better. Yep, I do! This is a way of eating that I can and will do for the rest of my life. Report
The Grapefruit Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, Banana Diet, ... yep all fads, nothing you could make as a lifetime way of eating, which is how I define a fad diet. Can you eat this way for the rest of your life and be healthy? If you define a fad as a diet that eliminates entire food groups then being Vegetarian or Vegan is also a fad, right? WRONG. I strongly disagree with lumping Paleo, Atkins, and other low carb type diets in with them. They are healthy ways of eating, often doctor recommended. Those who don't really understand how they are healthy diets have NOT done any research on them. I have been on Atkins since 1/1/17. It's easy to follow and does not completely restrict any food group for the entire life of the diet. Yes, in the beginning you are to eliminate sugar, starches, anything high carb... but what is wrong with that? My doctor told me last year at a visit that I need to reduce carbs, eliminating sugars and breads, etc. finally on New Year's Day I started doing what she said by following the old school Atkins plan using real food (I do not use any of the prepackaged or frozen stuff that the new Atkins diet pushes, so if you visit that website to not confuse the original Dr. Atkins plan with this new "plan" full of packaged "foods" they have come up with in order to make mucho dollars.) I eat eggs, chicken and meats (grilled, broiled, or baked most often,) real cheeses (love gouda!) I also use real cream in my coffee and use real butter when I want it (most often to cook eggs in, and I also use coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil to cook with), and I also eat a LOT of fresh veggies (usually with guacamole as a dip) and fresh berries! I have finally eliminated my desire for sugar, starches, breads, rice, pastas, etc. (pretty much the base for the SAD, sadly.) I do not miss or even want those types of foods, even though once I've reached my goal weight, I could have them if I wanted because the Atkins diet limits carbs strictly in the beginning but not in the forever way of eating plan. Since my last doc. visit in December, I have lost 21 lbs according to her scales, dropped my triglycerides from 517 to 173 and improved my HDL from 28 to 47, and my overall cholesterol did NOT go up, and my blood pressure is finally NORMAL, and it had been running very high for a year, even on meds. My doctor said, whatever you are doing, keep it up, you look like you feel so much better. Yep, I do! This is a way of eating that I can and will do for the rest of my life. Report
I am always drawn to magazines saying you can lose 100 pounds in a week, even tho I know better! Report

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