How many times have you heard that you need to lose weight to reverse your diabetes? If you’re like many people, you’ve tried and failed at the dieting game many times. While you may start a new diet with a lot of motivation and excitement, it can quickly become easy to get discouraged and give up. Maybe you’ve wondered why you can’t just seem to get it together. Is the problem a lack of willpower and self-discipline? What is it about weight loss that’s so difficult? After all, there are countless dieting “experts”, books, diabetic diet plans, support groups, and pre-packaged food programs that promise to make it easy and effortless. We spill the secrets on why diets fail.
With all of the dieting options available, if you haven’t been able to reach your goal weight the problem must be you, right? While the answer to this is complicated, the short response is: no, your struggles with weight control are not simply due to a lack of willpower. This article will take a look at the many reasons why dieting is a recipe for failure, and will empower you with information and strategies you can use to maintain a healthy weight, cut your risk factors for metabolic disorder and diabetes and feel great.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY DIET
You’re probably already aware of the many reasons why a healthy diet and lifestyle are important. On a personal level, you might be motivated by the possibility of looking better and having more confidence. You may have seen a recent picture of yourself and felt shocked at what the camera says about your appearance. Or maybe your clothes are getting tighter (again) and you can’t bear the thought of buying a new wardrobe of larger clothes.
In addition to looking better, people are commonly motivated by concerns about their health. If you’ve been told at a checkup that you’re at high risk for a heart attack or stroke, or you’ve recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, you may be scared for your long-term health. While getting news like this is never easy, it’s important information to have while you can still be proactive about making changes. The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” has never been more relevant than in the context of your health.
A healthy diet plan and lifestyle is also about more than looking better and reducing your risk for disease. Not only will you increase your chances of living longer; you’ll start living better right away. Your quality of life will increase ten-fold when you can meet the demands of your day with more energy and fewer aches and pains. Your healthcare costs will go down dramatically, and you’ll be able to enjoy a full, active lifestyle. Whether you want to keep up with your children or grandchildren, travel more, or just have more energy for the activities you enjoy, you’ll be able to immediately reap the benefits of a healthy diet in your everyday life.
THE MANY REASONS WHY DIETS FAIL
The obesity and diabetes epidemic are extremely complicated issues, with many factors contributing to the problem. One of the biggest reasons that diets don’t work is basic human physiology. Humans lived and ate a particular way for tens of thousands of years. For much of that time, people hunted and gathered. They might have eaten a large meal when food was plentiful, but when food wasn’t abundant the body perceived the lack of food as a famine. To cope with this unpredictable food supply, it was a great advantage to consume large amounts of food when it was available. That way the body could use any fat stores left over for survival when food was scarce.
Of course, in modern society the food supply is incredibly abundant and only requires a leisurely car ride to the grocery store or restaurant. This leads to the fundamental issue that plagues many people: overeating. As a “fix”, many people head in the opposite direction with overly restrictive diets that leave their bodies in a state of perceived famine.
THE PITFALLS OF STARVATION DIETS
Researchers have found that when people eat too few calories, they’re prone to several serious problems. One of the most famous studies on this topic is the Minnesota Starvation Experiment, where people were given such a small amount of food for six months that they lost 25% of their body weight, which is relatively drastic. After that time period, it was found that participants suffered from extreme emotional issues and depression. There was also a “preoccupation” with food, the metabolism slowed, and people had socially isolated themselves.
As shown by this classic study, dramatically cutting calories will result in quick weight loss, but ultimately it sets you up for failure. Since your body thinks that you’re starving, it’s designed to “feast after the famine” with a binge. A quote from Geneen Roth, a well-respected author and speaker on the pitfalls of dieting, illustrates this point perfectly: “For every diet, there is an equal and opposite binge.” This is one of the reasons why diets fail.
Unfortunately, many people are desperate for a solution to their weight problem, which makes them easy targets for the multi-billion dollar diet industry. Seductive promises of easy and fast weight loss may work in the short-term, but set you up to fail in the long-term. As a result, many people find themselves on a dieting roller coaster, where they jump from one diet to the next, with periods of bingeing in between.
THE SCAM OF DIET FOODS
Another big reason that dieting doesn’t work is the endless supply of “diet foods” on the market, which actually work against your weight loss efforts. Due to the influence of corporate big business on the food supply, people have been fooled into thinking that a box of processed diet food labeled as low-fat is a healthy choice. These companies aren’t interested in the health of the consumer; they’re interested in making money. Sadly, this “profits before people” approach is making these companies very wealthy, while making the American population fat and sick.
The best advice is to avoid foods with health claims on the label, or better yet avoid foods with labels in the first place.
– Dr Mark Hyman
Instead of choosing diet foods, eating from a well-designed meal plan consisting of mostly whole foods is a much more effective way to go. The reason this is so effective can be linked to the way that we humans have eaten for most of our existence. More and more, studies are backing up what common sense tells us: sticking to a natural way of eating is much better for weight loss and overall health than eating processed diet foods ever could be. Five Hour Diabetic offers easy diabetic recipes from simple whole foods.
Furthermore, a low-fat, high-carb approach simply doesn’t work. Clear and irrefutable data show that Americans began gaining more and more weight at the same time that they were being told to choose low-fat foods. This is because many of the processed diet foods that are low in fat are also high in sugar. As it turns out, sugar is the real culprit behind the obesity and diabetes epidemic.
SUGAR: THE OTHER WHITE DRUG
In the 1700s, widespread sugar cane cultivation was developed, and the shipment and sale of sugar was extremely profitable. Sugar was called “white gold,” and was consumed at an average annual rate of four pounds per person, which is a tiny fraction of what is typically consumed today. Then, around the mid 1800s sugar consumption began to increase sharply. Much of this increase was simply the result of increased availability. Up until sugar was available, people may have used maple syrup, honey, dates, or other fruits to sweeten their foods, but these were available in extremely low supply, if at all.
To make things worse, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was developed about 50 years ago, which spikes blood sugar even faster than regular sugar. HFCS is present in many processed foods, even some of those so-called “diet foods.” It’s very profitable when a company can put high amounts of sugar in their products, as the effect on the brain is like an addictive drug. Even more profitable is when HFCS is added; its addictive qualities are even greater. Sugar that does not get burned immediately is sent to the liver. Here sugar gets changed to body fat for later use that never comes. This is why diets fail that are high in sugar and low in fat.
When fat is taken out of a food, sugar or chemical sweeteners have to be added to make it taste decent enough to eat. Because of the dire and widespread consequences of sugar on human health, some scientists are calling it “the new tobacco.” Before it was a part of our food supply, obesity and diabetes were rare. With increased consumption of sugar, these conditions are now extremely common.
WHAT DOES WORK: GOING BACK TO BASICS
People who are the most successful at weight loss in the long-term haven’t succeeded through dieting. Instead, they’ve changed their habits for life by sticking to meal plans that more closely mirror a natural diet. These types of approaches include those like Paleo, Mediterranean, Slow-Carb, and Ketogenic. The meal plans created at Five Hour Diabetic, for reversing Type 2 diabetes, are similar to ketogenic diets.
Remember that fat and protein were the main constituents of the human diet for tens of thousands of years, along with the fiber, or “roughage” from the various types of vegetables that could be gathered. Carbohydrates were much less available, and were only eaten in small quantities. Even grains weren’t a regular part of the diet until agriculture became common, which happened long after the beginning of human history.
After you’ve begun to focus on healthy meal plans instead of diets, it’s easy to stick to those good habits for life. This way of eating won’t make you crazy like starvation diets will, and it won’t contribute to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity the way that low-fat, high-sugar diets can. Meal plans centered around healthy sources of protein and fat, along with plenty of vegetables, are extremely well supported by science and are nutritionally sound. While this may not be what you see in advertisements, and certainly isn’t what the food industry wants you to believe, it’s clearly one of the best ways to meet your health goals.
You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces just good food from fresh ingredients. – Julia Child
Don’t forget about the importance of exercise in your efforts to meet a healthy lifestyle. The exercise you do can be low-impact and easy to add to your day. You can take a 20-30 minute walk, play a game of basketball with your family or friends, do a 7-minute workout, or even do some gardening or housecleaning. You’ll enjoy a lot of health benefits from simply moving more!
Also remember that many of us need to make a crucial shift in how we think about weight loss. The quick-fix approach that the dieting industry has sold you for decades will not help you. When you begin eating a healthy diet that doesn’t send you into starvation mode, you may not begin to see results for several weeks. In fact, depending on how much weight you have to lose, you may not reach your goal weight for 6-12 months. This can be hard to hear and accept when you just want to be at your goal weight NOW. But what they say is true, “Slow and steady wins the race.”
The good news is that there are meal plans available that take the guesswork out of how to eat healthfully. By making changes to the way you eat that are backed by science, you’ll find be able to lose weight slowly but surely. You’re blood sugar will stabilize, you’ll have more energy, and will look great. Better yet, you’ll maintain your results for life. The easiest way to get started is to let us count your calories and carbs. Every Five Hour Diabetic meal plan tells you the exact amount of ingredients to put into a healing recipe to get the exact calories you need. It has never been easier to make good choices. Better yet, we have some amazing diabetic desserts that will not destroy your blood sugar numbers.
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