Surprising Hidden Costs To Your Health & Pocket, That Will Make You Stop Dieting
The diet industry is a true giant.
When an industry is this big, is it any wander why it’s so hard to stop dieting… Even with a small 1% decline this year, it still equates to an eye-popping $60 billion annually. And that’s in the US alone!
This dip is largely explained by people becoming more aware of the dangers of “diet” soft drinks. Drink laced with aspartame, as well as a general downswing in the economy. Also, we are becoming more aware and savvy as consumers.
We are empowering ourselves.
We are, to generalize, eating better and exercising more.
The very raison d’être of the diet industry is that you fail. If you succeed, lose weight and that surplus weight remains a distant memory. Well, then you become an ex-customer. If you find yourself, almost inevitably, heavier again, you become…
SurveyMonkey conducted a study for Fortune. The survey showed over three-quarters of Americans are making an active effort to eat more healthily.
The great news is the reversal of the trend whereby anyone wanting to lose weight saw only one option:
A formal diet
Only 19% of the above 77% veering towards healthier eating habits claim to be “on a diet”.
This is also great news. It means that the remainder have opted to eat healthily as an ongoing lifestyle choice. Rather than periodically dieting then repeating this doomed and frustrating cycle ad infinitum.
When we consider why we doing something, it makes sense to examine the reasons why we should not…
Health effects of yo-yo dieting
Restrictive diets, in and of themselves, are good for neither health nor morale. With the best intentions, we stick to the rules, calorie count and endure hunger pangs. We suffer. The weight, sooner or later, comes off.
The diet, at some point, stops. This is obvious. You regain mass, often becoming heavier than before you even started your diet!
This is just about the ultimate disincentive to diet.
Because you followed the procedure you feel that it’s your fault. You try again but you need to take stock:
You are NOT the problem…
Diets do not work.
The yo-yo effect happens because conventional diets don’t educate us. They don’t show us how to eat in a sustainable manner. Their purpose is not to educate or inform. But to deliver a strict set of rules, that no-one can follow long term.
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Why dieting is bad for your health
When you regain weight after a failed diet attempt you will find that two things happen…
- You will likely put on more weight than you lost
- It will be even harder to shift this weight than before.
The body is intelligent. The body remembers the deprivation of a strict diet. Its natural response is to store more fat in preparation for the next diet…
By replicating this flawed cycle you are edging towards obesity. It develops progressively, the opposite of your goal.
Here are some of the more sobering and severe downsides of following a diet…
In some scenarios, it may lead to depression. This is the result of following a set program in a disciplined fashion. Failing because of the inbuilt flaw of dieting as we know it. A flaw which leads to the onset of shame and sadness when the next effort also fails to pay dividends…
- Diets do not educate. You do not gain any meaningful knowelge to develop sustainable dietary habits. This means that you will revert to your old, bad habits once the diet ends. And let’s be honest, if you didn’t have bad habits you wouldn’t have been on a diet.
- The average diet deprives you in more ways than one. In addition to the hunger pangs, your body will miss out on “good” cholesterol. This protects us against cardiovascular diseases. Which, on its own, is a powerful enough incentive to shun the diet as you know it.
- Type 2 diabetes is sometimes precipitated by following diets. Cereal grains, especially refined flour, are considered a healthy option. Yet, these grains are dietary toxins that can most likely trigger diabetes. Alongside Omega-6 industrial seed oils and fructose..
Why dieting is bad for your pocket
The economic climate these days is tough. Cash is hard to earn and easy to dispose of.
There are two ways in which to consider the costs of dieting to your budget.
The direct costs of following a diet
- Some people attend classes. These classes can be great for motivation and encouragement. What if you have not managed to lose weight? The communal weigh-in could become demoralizing rather than a boost to your self-esteem. Over time, classes are also costly and restrictive if you have a busy schedule.
Buying ready-made meals for your convenience is an extremely expensive way to eat. This food can run to several hundred dollars a month per head. Most of these companies work online,
and deliver to your home. Meaning you are not only spending far more on food than you need to. You are also fostering habits of inactivity with couch shopping and eating.
- The rigid structure of many diets means you are often forced into buying expensive foods. Foods you may not even enjoy! And you discover that your weekly shopping bill has risen rampantly. Yet you are still hungry!
- What about other items, sundries like weight loss books. What about all those devices spuriously claiming to help you lose fat by wearing a belt or something similar. These extras really add up when you calculate your outgoings. They are also usually a waste of time and money.
The indirect costs of following a diet
To be peak physical condition demands developing and maintaining healthy eating habits. The result, you will spend far less on health care in general.
Once you have made a choice. A simple but life-changing decision to eat well for life. To never diet again. You will see that your expenditure at the store will plummet. You will become more radiant as you edge towards your goal weight, whatever that may be.
So… Make that choice
- Choose freedom
- Choose to eat well
- Choose to cook more often…
Take control and choose to be someone who eats well. Somone who never diets, never feels hungry or limited and is always able to enjoy the food they love.
To wet your appetite for some upcoming eBooks, next week’s post will offer a first person account of someone who eats well. Someone who cooks healthy, low-cost meals and is in great shape.
As a teaser, three recipes will be offered for a day’s plan showing you how you can seize back control. Who to enjoy cooking more and embrace a rich, varied and healthy diet while also saving money. Tasty food at an appetizing price.
For further advice on a workable, realistic approach to healthy weight loss. Book an easily available consultation Call with Margie or Mark today.