Why Diets Don't Work
If you were to ask a room full of adults who feels like they need to go on a diet, I bet the majority of the people in the room would raise their hands. Right now the adult obesity rate in the United States is soaring at a whopping 42%. This is only the obesity rate, and does not include those who are simply labeled as “overweight". People who are at a “normal” weight are now in the minority! There are so many diets out there and they all have a common goal → weight loss. Many of these diets are amazing at doing exactly what they are set out to do, and if followed correctly, most people WILL lose weight! Low-fat, low-carb, Paleo, Keto, grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet, South Beach, Adkins are a few of the most common diets. If the average person follows one of these diets, they will most likely lose weight and usually at a very fast rate. We need to mention that these diets usually require you to cut out at least one particular food group to achieve this rapid weight loss. The hard truth is that this rapid loss should not be what we are aiming for. The end game should not be a number on a scale in a defined period of time. The ULTIMATE goal should be a changed LIFESTYLE. One that is enjoyable, doable, fuels the body, and makes you feel good. One that you can do regardless of what life throws at you and can be maintained for years on end. Let's take a look at what happens when someone follows one of these “diets.” You will see how they can actually set a person BACKWARDS in their efforts. As most people are well aware, in order to lose weight, calories consumed must be less than calories burned. It's really very simple, and in any of the diets mentioned earlier, following this rule will ultimately achieve weight loss. When a human loses weight, a combination of fat, water, and muscle is lost. The bad part of this comes with the MUSCLE LOSS, because muscle is the POWERHOUSE of your metabolism. A 150 pound adult who has 75 pounds of muscle is going to burn a significantly larger amount of calories at rest than a 150 pound adult with just 50 pounds of skeletal muscle. When a person loses weight, a part of this loss is muscle. Therefore, metabolism is affected and the number of calories burned in a day decreases. From the outside looking in, this may not seem like a huge deal, but it becomes problematic when a person continually diets, loses and gains back the same 10, 20, or 30 pounds over and over again. Each weight loss journey is accompanied by muscle loss, and each weight gain journey is accompanied by fat gain. The total body fat percent is increasing, while the total muscle mass (metabolism powerhouse) is decreasing. If this “yo-yo” effect is done year after year, a person will completely trash their metabolism, which is exactly what 95% of people who follow a diet do. These diets aren’t sustainable longterm, and will end up with the yo-yo effect. How do you avoid the slippery slope of dieting and yo-yo weight cycles? This is where WELLNESS and NUTRITION programs – such as the programs we have in place at Fueled4Wellness – come into play! In order to achieve the ultimate goal (LIFELONG weight loss), one has to adopt a fun, doable, easy lifestyle that gives results. This is exactly what we do for our clients at Fueled4Wellness. We specialize in weight loss with VERY minimal muscle loss. In fact, many of our clients have maintained all, if not GAINED, muscle mass while losing weight. So instead of their metabolism dying, it gets lit on fire and turns your body into a fat burning machine! We don't want our clients to simply lose weight, we want them have a LIFE where they feel good in their skin, live their best life, and health scares aren't a constant worry. If YOU are ready for this life change, give us a shout! We'd love for you to be our next success story!