Rapid Weight Loss Diets – Why They Don’t Work

Rapid Weight Loss Diet

Are you always trying out different rapid weight loss diets or fad diets? Do you regularly find yourself lapsing from your diet by eating “bad” food? If you’re trapped inside the cycle of stuffing and starving, then here’s a solution for you. No more yo-yo dieting or falling for fad weight loss programs. Just simple eating principles that work.

Simple Eating: Out of the Dieting Cycle

If you are anywhere close to the average Western consumer, odds are that you have sometimes tried to lose weight one way or another, quiet possibly with a rapid weight loss diet. You may have followed a food plan, eaten only certain foods, or gone for two weeks eating only pineapples and tuna. In other words, you have dieted. Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Have you reached that dream body by following all those fad diets? Again, the odds are that you haven’t. Why not, when physiologically eating only pineapples and tuna would make the weight drop? The answer is: because in the long run that is not the kind of eating our bodies were made for. Following one trendy weight loss diet to another will not only mess up your metabolism, it will also drain your energy and well-being. Here are a few easy steps to normalising your eating, and eventually achieving sustainable weight loss.

Change your attitude

The first step out of the destructive dieting cycle is to change the way you think about weight loss. The major change needs to come regarding speed. Among all the “two week” diets we have become so accustomed to the “fast weight loss results” thinking, that we tend to forget our bodies’ natural way of functioning. Your body is an extremely intricate and well-designed organism, programmed to handle almost any situation. If you want to keep it functioning that way, you need to listen to it. Aim for safe natural weight loss and the kilos will stay away.

All food is good food

Yes, you read that right. Healthy fat and some sugars are okay, in small quantities. Banning certain foods can just make them more appealing. If you eat one chocolate bar, you will not gain two kilos. However, if you regularly eat a whole box of chocolates, you will gain those kilos. Most binges (that ruin your diet) come as direct results from restricting yourself from certain foods, labelling them as “bad”. When you then face a temptation or turmoil, your protective walls tumble down and you go for the “banned & bad” food to make yourself feel better.

Afterwards comes the guilt, and a new, strict diet aimed at rapid weight loss. Until the next lapse occurs. This cycle can go on for years, and it is not healthy for your body. The good news for sufferers inside this cycle is that when you manage to work your mind not to label foods “good” and “bad”, and instead focus on the amount eaten, you will be freed and can forget the guilt about eating.There is nothing bad in eating the odd chocolate bar. Let this concept sink in.

How much is enough?

Determining the right portion size for your meals can be a challenge, especially when societal norms and misconceptions can lead us to overindulge. With Metabolic Balance, we help you rediscover your body's innate sense of 'enough'.

In phase 4 of Metabolic Balance, we encourage you to tune into your body's natural hunger and satiety signals. The guiding principle here is to eat until you're satisfied, not until you're overly full.

Contrary to popular belief, feeling uncomfortably stuffed after a meal is not the goal. If you feel heavy and bloated, it's a clear sign you've eaten more than your body needed.

Take your time during meals, eat mindfully and savor every bite. Metabolic Balance encourages the consumption of wholesome, nutrient-dense foods that truly nourish your body. Would you prefer a large quantity of bland, low-calorie food, or a well-balanced plate filled with vibrant vegetables, quality protein, and healthy fats?

Remember, this isn't a race. It's a journey to reestablishing a healthy relationship with food and your body. Over time, with the Metabolic Balance program, you'll relearn to listen to your body's signals and understand what 'enough' truly feels like for you.

How often and what should I eat?

The guiding principle here, as with all aspects of mindful eating, is to attune to your body's signals. Are you genuinely hungry? If so, then it's time for your meal. If not, it might be best to wait. This approach mirrors the eating habits of our ancestors, who ate in response to hunger and had no access to modern-day diet foods or constant snacking options.

In today's complicated landscape of diet plans and weight loss programs, we've strayed from this simple, intuitive way of eating. With Metabolic Balance, we encourage eating at set meal times with no snacking in between. This not only helps manage hunger and satiety more effectively but also aids in resetting your body's natural metabolic functions. Let's return to the roots of intuitive eating and nurture our bodies the way nature intended.

What to eat then? Try to keep a balance of protein, vegetables, fruit, healthy fats (no trans-fats and vegetable oils), dairy and grain in your daily intake of food. Remember, don’t stuff yourself, the food won’t go anywhere. Eat only until the hunger is no longer there. When you reach the stage where you are comfortable with the concept of eating anything, begin paying more attention to food quality to ensure you get enough vitamins and minerals and that you eat varied enough food. Trying to move to a perfect, balanced diet right away will be challenging if you have a yo-yo dieting background, so be gentle with yourself.

How can my weight drop this way?

Your weight will drop because your body will use all the food you eat. By eating only when you are hungry, you ensure that. The hungry groan of your tummy is your body’s way of telling you that fuel is getting low, and refuelling is needed soon. Remember also that when you learn to eat in this simple way, you won’t be overeating or stuffing yourself. Fats and sugars are both natural substances that our bodies can use, unlike artificial sweeteners and additives that you find in most low-calorie foods. Because you now eat normally, the extra weight from overeating won’t last in your body. It will slowly slip away.

How to lose weight with Fructose Malabsorption

Losing weight with fructose malabsorption requires a specific dietary approach, and this is where the Metabolic Balance program can provide the necessary guidance. Fructose malabsorption means your body has difficulty absorbing fructose, a type of sugar found in many fruits, some vegetables, and many processed foods.

When you follow a Metabolic Balance plan, we take into account your unique dietary needs, including any food intolerances or malabsorption issues like fructose malabsorption. We tailor the program to ensure that the foods you eat are both nutritious and suitable for your body's specific needs.

In the case of fructose malabsorption, your personalised eating plan will minimise foods high in fructose, thus helping to alleviate related symptoms like bloating, stomach cramps, and diarrhoea. At the same time, the plan will focus on nutrient-dense, low-fructose foods that support overall health and promote sustainable weight loss.

Remember, managing fructose malabsorption is not just about eliminating certain foods. It's about creating a balanced, satisfying, and enjoyable diet that supports your health goals, aids weight loss, and helps you feel your best. With Metabolic Balance, you can achieve this while accommodating your body's specific needs.

Step out of the dieting torture

You don’t need to be a slave to diets any more. Rapid weight loss diets never work, because nobody can eat that way for the rest of their lives. Fast weight loss diets prey on the initial enthusiasm of people wanting to lose weight, but the long-term effect is what we should be focusing on. If you go back to the simple eating of those old days, you can wave goodbye to being a captive of yo-yo diets and guilt-ridden binge trips. And of course, you can eat chocolate again.

Instead, Vibrant Nutrition advocates for a sustainable approach to weight management with my Fuel & Nourish with Metabolic Balance Weight Loss Program. This program isn't just another diet, it’s a lifestyle change that focuses on creating long-term, sustainable habits that promote overall health and well-being. Tailored to your unique needs and circumstances, this program crafts a personal eating plan that promotes metabolic balance and supports weight loss.

Read more about this innovative program and if it's sounds like the solution you're looking for book a Nutritional Strategy Session today and I'll see if you're a good fit. Let us help you embark on a journey to better health and a balanced life.

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