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Scientific Research Shows Why Diets Dont Work, If You Want to Sustain Long Term Weight Loss
To say that dieting rarely leads to sustainable weight loss isn't particularly controversial, scientific research shows that 90% of people who try to lose weight by dieting fail. Did you know that dieting is a multi-billion dollar industry, and that there are over 25,000 books on diets, many of which contain advice that clearly contradict each other. The saddest fact about dieting is that many people try and fail at many different diets, and in the end conclude that biology is against them, and resign themselves to being obese for the rest of their lives. The truth of the matter is very different, and has more to do with Biology than the type of diet.
If you fail to lose weight with a diet traditional philosophy would have you believe that you've either been on the wrong diet (too many/few meals, too much/little carbohydrates, etc.) or you lack the willpower to stick with your diet. However this is completely wrong, and is backed up by scientific research conducted by Ancel Keys in the 1950's and documented in his famous work 'The Biology of Human Starvation'. He discovered that reducing people's diet to a state of semi-starvation produced symptoms of irritability, loss of endurance, and obsessive behavior around food, including but not limited to lying, hoarding, and stealing.
Even more telling was that in the three month period after the semi-starvation was ended and people could once again eat whatever they wanted, the obsession with food continued. None of the subjects had regained their former physical capacity, and their daily caloric intake had increased to a level higher (at times up to 8 times higher) than before the study began.
What this research goes to show, is if you want to loose weight, starving yourself on the latest fad diet, it probably the worst and most ineffective way of achieving your weight loss goals. This is particularly true if your goals are long term. The scientific explanation for this is simply that by starving your body, by reducing your calorie intake, results in your bodies survival instinct kicking in. This results in the body storing fat in order to sustain its energy requirements, resulting in the absolute opposite of what you want.
The logical conclusion from this position is simply 'if what you are doing isn't working you need to try something else'
What 'something else' is will be determined by the underlying reasons for your obesity in the first place. Alongside dieting one of the biggest contributors to obesity is the pattern of emotional eating. Many people eat because they are bored, miserable, lonely or any manner of emotional reasons, none of which has anything to do with physical hunger. Putting food in your stomach will never feed your emotional hunger, and you'll never feel 'full', leading to the cycle of constant eating. This will guarantee your weight will bloat beyond control. The only way to combat this type of eating is to constantly ask yourself, are you genuinely hungry or do you simply want to change the way you feel. If you simply want to change the way you feel, eating is not the answer.
The final of the three big reasons for obesity is the development and practice of poor habits and attitudes towards food. Another way of expressing this is simply 'faulty programming' which has resulted in the development of unproductive habits, leading to poor choices in the way you eat. Fortunately this faulty programming can be easily changed and replaced with good productive habits which will fundamentally change your attitudes towards food, resulting in a passive move towards your weight loss goals.
One of the easiest and ways to achieve long lasting weight loss, is by appealing to your subconscious mind, and addressing the core issues that are the cause of your particular weight problem. How do you do this?My recommended method is through hypnosis. It is a proven, tried and tested method that consistently delivers results after results, which last longer than any diet will ever do.
John Perry is the author of this article and has successfully lost weight through hypnosis. He now shares his experience by providing a review of Hypnosis for weight loss at his site: http://www.weightlossbyhypnosis.com
The Atkins Diet - Separating Fact From Fiction
Have you ever wished for a diet where you ate bacon, eggs, red meat, butter and sausage all day? Surprise! It's not the Atkins Diet.The Atkins Diet has been in existence for over 30 years and has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last few years.
Obesity as an Issue Today and the Half Ton Man
Following recent reports of a South Dakota man weighing half a ton, and losing 500 pounds in one year (he still weighs over 450!). Obesity has become part of the headlines once again.
The Most Effective Fat Burning And Muscle Building Workout That Takes Just 13 Minutes
Most people who want to burn off some excess pounds and tighten and tone their bodies simply don't have 2 hours each day to spend in the gym performing the bodybuilding style workouts that most "fitness experts" recommend.Plus, these workouts consist of exercises and techniques that do not exercise the body in the way it is normally used so they end up building a somewhat unusable strength.
Dealing with Childhood Obesity
Experts tell us that overweight or obese children have reached epidemic proportions. If you spend your childhood being obese then there is a very good chance you will spend your adulthood being obese.
Personal Space: Life After Lap-Band Surgery
Have I become invisible or are people just aiming right at me? It seems to me that in a crowd these days, whether at the grocery store or 5th Avenue in New York City, people will walk right into me if I don't step out of the way. Or they stand so close to me I have to step backward in order to breathe.
The Secret to Reaching Your Ideal Weight
There are many books and internet articles written about weight control. However, if you already know the stuff you should be doing, you might want to skip past the next section of this article.
Weight Loss Forums: Top 5 Reasons To Join An Online Weight Loss Support Group
You and I know that getting plenty of support from friends and family is a key to losing weight successfully. It's just plain fact that if nobody takes notice of your efforts, it is much harder to reach your goals and feel good about yourself.
5 Surefire Ways to Weight Management
You have finally decided to tackle weight management and lose that pesky weight but you still don't know where to start. Sometimes it is tougher to get started than to keep going! Before you do, there are a few things to think about first.
Dont Be Misled. The Best Attitude and Action for Weight Loss
Weight loss can be one of the most difficult things to accomplish. Today's media and the marketplace can sometimes make the effort of weight loss even harder.
Weight Loss Surgery: What are the options?
To understand how surgical procedures aid the grossly overweight person to reduce their body fat, it helps to first understand the digestive process that is responsible for handling the food we take in.Once food is chewed and swallowed, it's on its way through the digestive tract, where enzymes and digestive juices will break it down and allow our systems to absorb the nutrients and calories.
Read Food Labels To Lose Weight
I was at the grocery store the other day, doing my weekly shopping and reading food labels like I always do, when and acquaintance came up and said, "Why are you reading labels? You can eat anything you want with all of that exercise you do!" I have to say that this is probably one of the biggest misconceptions that people have.I talk to many people who are frustrated because they are working out and not losing weight, or not seeing the results they want.
Pediatric Obesity: A Look at the Epidemic
Obesity in America is at an epidemic level. It is a global issue and the statistics only prove that it continues to rise.
Weight Loss: Why Do 98% of People Fail on a Diet and How to Avoid this Easily
Everybody knows that 98% of dieters fail. But do you know exactly why does this happen?To understand this, let's probe a little deeper into the working of your own body.
Fitness through Exercise for Life - Principles that Keep You Going for Life!
ATTITUDESIT'S NOT ABOUT YOU!Exercising has so many physical benefits that most of us can relate to, but what about the emotional and psychological benefits it brings? Physical fitness, I believe, touches far more than just our arms, arteries and waistlines. It touches our very soul.
So you ask, "How do I determine if I am Obese, Overweight or fat?" Usually 20% or more over recommendations on standard weight charts indicates that you fit into the obese category. Obesity refers specifically to having an abnormally high proportion of body fat.
Weight Loss: Its Not About the Numbers, Its Your Approach!
Today obesity, diabetes, and heart disease run through us at epidemic levels. Why? The answer lies not in the thousands of different kinds of diet, weight loss and workout programs offered, the answer lies in the approach.
Lose Weight Quickly And Easily - Weight Loss Information
For people that are obese, losing weight quickly can seem like a dream that will never come true. The fact is that if you want to lose weight quickly you must dramatically reduce the amount of fat and calories you consume.
Its All In The Numbers
Offer a woman the choice between a dress she likes a lot, that fits well but is size 12, and a dress she likes, which also fits well but is labeled size 8, and she'll take the lesser preferred every time.Why are we so hung up on sizes? Men don't care.
Losing Weight is All About Counting Calories/Carbs and Exercising. Or Is It?
Losing Weight is All About Counting Calories/Carbs and Exercising. Or Is It? 5 Tips to Consider When You Want To Lose Fat Forever.
Why Did Your Diet Fail You? Or Did You Fail Your Diet?
Are you someone who has, in the past, been on a diet, only to find at the end of it you had lost no weight? Despite putting your best efforts into the diet much of the time, and keeping quite close to recommendations when it came to calories and so on, for some reason things did not quite work out. Eventually, with the pounds drifting off too slowly and back on again too quickly, you just gave up, and went back to "normal".
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