To stop a dieting plan before reaching your goal or before reaching a pre-defined time limit is called diet drop out. Not one diet succeeds at keeping diet drop out rates low. One or more of the following strategies are used by diet plans in attempts to eliminate diet drop out:
Shorter Dieting Sessions
This is a strategy that more often back fires, setting the stage for weight gain. Subjects placed on shorter dieting sessions experienced weight loss at a faster rate than those following longer sessions.
Fast weight loss (over 3-4 pounds/week) is unhealthy and negates any progress made on lowering diet drop out rates.
Severe Calorie Restriction
This strategy follows the same principle as faster dieting sessions. Allow all of you who diet to lose weight fast, and they won’t have time to drop out. Unfortunately, severe calorie restriction also causes weight gain.
This strategy allows dieters to take long breaks or “holidays” from following the diet. However, the opposite result is often observed. Diet drop out rates increase because many dieters never start the diet again.
In order to provide a strategy that works, diet plans should ask dieters why they drop out. Then simply provide a solution for the reason dieters drop out, problem solved.
Why Dieters Drop Out
When dieters are asked “what is the hardest part about dieting”, the response is surprising. Most dieters say that following strict diet menus, not exercise, is the hardest part.
A good strategy for decreasing diet drop out rates would address the menus. This is exactly what Exchange it accomplishes…giving dieters more control over what they eat.
The exchange process involves substituting healthy food choices for harmful ones. For instance, substitute a healthy fat, like Omega-3, for saturated fats. This allows you to eat more fats, and still remain on your diet.
Diets should be and are enjoyable, jut read how enjoyable diets are below.
Oh dear. Have you put on a few more pounds? Have the celebrations taken their toll on your body shape? Looking at diets, but can’t find the right one for you?
It’s an all too familiar story of gluttonous orgy. Large meals, irresistible cakes and pies all washed down with copious amounts of alcohol. Why should we blame you though eh? The packaging of foodstuff is designed to make you buy as much as you can carry.
A fat you = A fat profit for the company.
Many people will use the old excuse of having a slow metabolism. Your brain wants more food than your body needs. It’s good to know that the power of advertising works.
Then there’s the countless number of people who try different diets. How many have you tried? How many lasted more than a week? Very often that is what you will find with commercial diets, the only weight you lose and keep off is the weight in your wallet.
The problem with most diets is that they are just not an enjoyable experience. The prospect of replacing cakes with carrots is enough to send some people into shock. You also need to be dieting for the right reason, which is for you alone – not for anyone else. If you don’t want to lose weight for yourself then you shouldn’t even start a diet. Perhaps you are happy being fat. If not, how could you lose weight and enjoy it? With a little bit of psychology, that’s how. You continue eating all the same foods you enjoy, but you’ll find that you tend to eat less. The only sacrifice with this method is that you have to say goodbye to quick meals.
We rush around so much in this world, fitting in a snack or a meal when we have a spare five minutes. This has to stop. Eating is a pleasurable experience and a very important one. The speed eating culture has resulted in us forgetting to taste our food. I’m pretty sure the tongue misses all the action from childhood and the jaw is virtually redundant. One hand doesn’t seem to be quick enough so we shovel with both hands.
Very simply, you need to learn to taste your food again. Savour each mouthful. Examine the flavours. You’ll be surprised at what you’ve been missing. Have a good long chew so that you experience the textures as well as tastes. Some flavours need to warm in the mouth before they are evident to our senses and some flavours require sustained chewing for them to be released. Does it taste as it smells? Do you want to sip a little wine and chew? Mix the flavours? Become an expert in the subtle differences in taste. You’d be surprised just how many people don’t do this. What an absolute waste of the human senses.
This method has the effect of extending meal times. You are also likely to feel full up with less food. Remember that eating is what keeps us alive and it would be such a shame to pass through life without seriously enjoying all the flavours and textures that the world’s food has to offer. How many top level chefs do you know who are obese?, as I said at the beginning diets can be enjoyable.
Almost everyone has been on a diet at one time or another in his or her lives and unfortunately, the success rate on diets are poor with very little permanent weight loss. By following the guidelines below, those hard to get rid of pounds and inches could finally disappear.
Breakfast – Never skip breakfast, as it really is “the most important meal of the day”. When we are sleeping, our metabolism slows down and upon waking; we need to speed it up and breakfast is the way to do this. Remember that what you choose to eat for breakfast is as important as having breakfast. Even though a donut or leftover birthday cake tastes great, it is not a good choice for breakfast. Stick to foods such as yogurt, fruits, wholegrain cereals and breads.
Amount of Food – When a person gains weight it does not necessarily mean they eat the wrong food but they may eat too much of the right food. By cutting the portions we eat down, we can loose weight without being on a strict diet.
Water and Rest – Drinking water is one of the very best things that we
can do for our bodies. When on a diet, water is even more important as gives us a feeling of being full so we do not feel hungry. When people drink lots of water, they have less room for soda, coffee and other drinks that add calories to our diets. Studies show that getting the proper amount of rest is beneficial when dieting. Lack of sleep makes it more difficult to lose weight.
Losing Weight Quickly – Gaining weight is often a slow process that takes years and losing weight should be the same. Bodies resist sudden changes and this resistance called homeostasis. When we get too hot and start to perspire, this causes us to cool down and that is how homeostasis works. When we diet andlose weight too fast, homeostasis kicks in and slows down our metabolism. Loosing muscle tissue and body fluids are a result of severe dieting and this is not healthy.
Extremes – As with almost everything in our lives, going to an extreme is not a good choice. That applies to dieting to lose weight also.Diets that have you cutting out foods, such as all vegetables or carbohydrates should be checked carefully before starting. Extreme diets are not only unhealthy but also dangerous so always check with your doctor first.
Calorie Counting – Counting calories and knowing what your body requires to maintain or lose weight is important. Counting calories when dieting lets you know your calorie intake and adjust your diet.
Foods We Do Not Like – Some diets require us to eat foods that we do not care for. It is very difficult to stay on a diet of that nature for more than a week or two.
Eat healthier foods, drink lots of water and cut down on the servings to lose weight gradually over a reasonable length of time.
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There are diets that work for certain people, there are diets that do not work for certain people and then there are diets that never really work for anybody at all. Diets are the most popular past time in the Western world and, makes no mistake that this is not a women-only issue. If you are a man and want a lot of women around you, then you have to stay fit and eat a healthy diet.
Pessimists would say that diets are a bunch of foods we don’t like, in too tiny portions for our appetites and we must eat all that at specific times of the day. As nobody really eats this way, nobody can successfully try diets and change their life style. I would say that dieting is, more than anything else, finding a structure.
It’s been said that people cannot eat healthy with so many temptation
s around them and this is why diets don’t really work, but the truth is that way too few diets offer a healthy structure that is both easy to follow and tasty. We cannot eat bland food all our lives and we can only drink this much grapefruit juice before we decide enough it’s enough.
Add to that all the scientific discoveries that stress out the importance of our genes to our overall body type and the naysayer do seem to make a valid point when they argue that diets never work. The fact is that, as one medical study showed, 80% of the children who have two obese parents are at risk of growing into obese adults themselves and only 15% of the children who have two normal-weight parents are at risk of growing into obese adults.
So genes do play an important role, but so do your environment and your life style. It doesn’t matter how skinny your mother and father are if you drink a gallon of high sugar fizzy drinks a day and eat only the greasiest burgers with XXL portions of fries.
We are all at risk of being involved in a car accident, whether we drive or not, but very few of us would ever have a car accident and even fewer will cause one to happen. Not drinking alcohol prior to driving and not being too tired to stay focused really does help.
The same case can be made for dieting. Diets are more than something you try for a couple of weeks every now and then. Diets change the perspective you have on food. For example there is no such a thing as good foods and bad foods, but there is something that is called moderation. And it means that if you know you should cut out sugar and fat, and then avoid eating huge portions of anything that contains a lot of refined sugar and a high amount of fat.
It won’t get you very far to start on a frustration diet that demonizes chocolate and burgers! You should be able to adjust to a healthier burger, though. Like not buying a burger, but trying to make your own, buying a lean cut of beef and having the butcher grinding it for you. Diets and healthy life style are not as much about giving up on foods we love, but on making choices that are sustainable for long term – for a life time actually!
Perhaps in your thinking of losing weight and dieting, you have come across several probable methods. Aside from proper exercise techniques that require quite some time and effort, you may have encountered several dieting solutions which would seem beneficial but hard to do. Because of these difficulties, maybe the only option for you is to resort to crash dieting.
What is crash dieting?
Crash dieting is basically a quick solution many people come up with to lose weight. People may look at a mirror and notice their unwanted figure, so they think that by not eating literally starving themselves, they will lose the extra pounds. It’s a quick solution because it usually occurs for only a few days (usually less than a week), afterwards it’s back to regular meals.
Difference from other diets
The main difference between crash dieting and other forms of diet (e.g. Atkins, South Beach, etc.) is that crash diets are usually short-term. Most diets are programs that are designed to help you lose weight and keep it off, encouraging you to make that particular diet a lifestyle instead of simply a weight loss method. If in crash dieting you are avoiding food (or eating very little), diet programs have specific foods to eat and to avoid, which you are expected to act on for the duration of the program, normally for the rest of your life.
Is it a healthy way to lose weight?
If you’re asking yourself this same question, the answer is a flat-out NO. There are many different reasons why crash dieting is unhealthy, while there are few to no experts who believe that there are health benefits. Basically, if you are looking to lose weight, crash dieting is not a good way to do it, and here are several reasons why.
One, by not eating, or drastically cutting down on your food intake, you deprive your own body of natural nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, etc. We all know what will happen when the human body lacks nutrients, the risks of getting ill are higher. This is aside from generally feeling weak throughout the crash diet period.
Two, in crash dieting, you are slowing down your body metabolism, which is what allows you to burn fat and calories effectively and efficiently. You are doing the exact opposite of what you set out to do. You may not be gaining weight, but you aren’t burning fat and calories either. When you eat normally again, you will most probably gain some weight since your metabolism is already slow.
Third, you might notice that you are becoming skinnier as the time passes in your crash diet period, but don’t take it as burning fat, you are actually losing some muscle mass. This is not a good thing as this is what makes your body a fat burning machine.
Because you lost muscle mass, the next time you eat is going to be worse, you will gain back the weight plus more pounds.
To sum it up, crash dieting will make you lose some pounds, but not those unwanted ones, which are excess fat and calories. It’s an unhealthy way of losing weight and is the start of the “yo-yo” process (lose weight, gain more, lose again, and so on). For the benefit of your health, crash dieting should not be taken into consideration.
What are the alternatives to lose weight?
The best possible way to lose weight, as suggested by both nutritionists and fitness experts, is a combination of a healthy diet and exercise. Exercising while not having the proper dieting program will lead to inefficiency in weight loss, while diet without exercise will prevent you from gaining weight, but will not do as much in terms of losing it. By integrating the benefits of both a healthy diet and exercise into your lifestyle, you will turn your body into a fat burning machine, allowing you to lose weight and keep it off.
The next time you take a look at the mirror and frown at what you see, don’t worry too much, there are various ways to beat the battle of the bulge. Crash dieting is certainly not one of them, as this presents more potential risks than benefits. A healthy, proper dieting strategies, combined with exercise is the best way to go about it.
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