The vast majority of the weight-loss diets seem to work initially, but are found to be short lived. That is the reason why many experts say the issue isn’t losing weight, the issue is keeping weight off. So why do we have such a hard time keeping the weight off once we’ve lost it?
Well, there are various reasons that explain why, and one of them is that weight-loss diets have a tendency to be too restrictive. Let’s use the Atkins Diet as an example, it removes carbohydrate calories and replaces them with a large quantity of protein. If you’re going to eat a lot of protein and do not wish to feel hungry all the time, you’re likely going to end up consuming mainly meat products, particularly red meat.
This may sound good at first, but after a few weeks, it becomes old and most people simply burn out. The cravings for carbohydrates increase and the temptation to cheat with freshly baked breads and pasta becomes really hard to resist.
The following is a list of some of the popular weight-loss diets that have been found to be too restrictive for the great majority of people trying to lose weight. No one is saying that these diets don’t work, they just don’t work long term.
Results in intense carbohydrate cravings for most individuals. It can also increase uric acid in the blood stream that can increase the risk of gout or make gout symptoms significantly worse. The high cholesterol and high overall fat content is believed to raise the risk of heart disease and related conditions.
Needs protein to come from plants, you either stay or become hungry faster. Tough on the liver and kidneys. Increased uric acid in the blood stream that can lead to gout. Ketoacidosis can make people feel headache and lackluster.
Raw Food Diet
Requires a major lifestyle change for the great majority of people. Many times the raw food diet also misses other necessary nutrients such as B12, therefore it is critical that people carefully plan their meals and monitor the nutritional value of what they eat. The lack of heating certain foods such as eggs, milk, honey, shellfish and meats can place participants who eat these foods at a higher risk for food borne illnesses.
Requires less dense foods and doesn’t satisfy hunger. The bulk of the work is trying to figure out how to structure one’s meals to meet all dietary needs, accommodate any dietary restrictions and keep one full with lower energy density foods remains with the dieter.
South Beach Diet
Ketosis might occur due to the lack of carbs resulting in fat burn, which in turn could lead to weakness, gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, dizziness, glucose body depletion, and dehydration.
Apparently all of the diets above have a tendency to have a weight rebound effect where individuals gain back more weight than they lost. Reducing calories, which is basically what all weight-loss diets do, forces a metabolic shift toward energy storage a.k.a. fat accumulation.
The Vegan Diet gathered a lot of positive responses. Out of 17,217 replies, 90% said yes the diet had worked for them. But it’s fascinating that for the majority, this particular weight-loss diet would require a major nutritional change that could be too restrictive. But if you make it through the change and stick with it, then you may see results.
Now, some of these diets can cost up to $1200, and that’s just for the food that they provide. The dirty little secret they don’t tell you is that you still have to buy supermarket food in addition to the food you bought from them! And some of them charge you by how much weight you lose.