By Megan Handley, MPH, RD and Nutrition+Wellness Coordinator at Potentia
For the last time, diets don’t work! A group of researchers out of UCLA analyzed studies that followed dieters for 2-5 years, and found that the vast majority of participants gained back the weight, and then some, by the end of the follow up period.
Diets rely on external cues to guide our eating, rather than teaching us to listen to our body’s hunger and fullness cues. Food is fuel for our bodies and should be enjoyed, savored and appreciated!
Diets are often based on testimonials, rather than on sound scientific studies. The suggested eating plan is often rigid, and does not translate to real-world living.
Diets often require that we severely restricts calories or entire food groups, putting us at risk for nutrient deficiencies, and robbing our bodies of the energy that we need to be active.
Intense feelings of deprivation and hunger set the dieter up for binge eating patterns, which are then followed by feelings of guilt and dissatisfaction.
The following links are wonderful resources for you as you seek to (re) define health in your life:Academy of Eating Disorders
American Dietetic Association Finding Balance Health at Every Size
Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon Intuitive Eating The Center for Mindful Eating
The National Eating Disorders Association
Diets can be a polarizing topic of discussion these days as many seek relief from real physical and emotional pain. What do you think about diets? Have you had positive or negative experience with a diet? Do you agree that diets do not work?