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The Diet Dilemma. Why Diets Dont Work
Let's face when it comes to overweight and obesity there are 2 basic facts we have to take into account.
First, dieting is a huge industry.
Second, Industries live by getting and keeping customers and not by loosing them.
Sounds sarcastic? Maybe it is, but the fact of the matter is that if you buy a dieting product for a specific time and you do not need it any more after, say, 6 weeks you are a lost costumer. If all customers would do the same the business would cannibalize itself by curing diseases it is living from.
And, because the above fact is a general principle in every business (keep your customers and make them buy constantly) and industry I can think about, huge amount of the players run by the same mind set. Maybe the pharmaceutical and food industry for example?
Was only a question not a statement.
Bottom-line the interest in keeping people healthy, at a healthy weight or help them through dieting to get there and stay there without a need for their products anymore is at best very limited by those who make a living out of selling things like drugs, diet food or even restaurant and fast food chains.
Keep an open mind and raise all kinds of questions before you decide to use any industry dieting product to loose weight. The common experience is that weight loss using certain products without a change in mind set (more on this later) leads to building up weight again after a short period of success.
How many times have you dieted, lost some weight just to get it back ? and maybe even more of it ? only months after you ended your diet? See what I mean?
Think about it for a moment. Why does our body store more and more fat in their tissue? Maybe because it gets nutrition it can not use up within an appropriate time?
In fact our body is a very efficient system that makes sure all cells get energy and it can survive without getting fed for some time by storing energy in the form of fat. Just in case of a famine.
If we incorporate more food on a constant basis than our body can use up, we store more and more fat in our tissue ? transform it into energy and let the cells use it ?. This in turn makes us more immobile and puts extra tear and wear on our skeleton, especially the joints.
Worse, after we gained weight our tendency for moving gets weaker and weaker, because moving becomes more and more painful.
Classical vicious cycle. The only way to balance the additional energy and prevent it from becoming stored as fat would be additional movement, that is getting the cells (especially the muscle cells) to work more and to use up more energy. Yet, this doesn't happen. We get more and more propelled into a "don't move" behavior.
There is a second reason for overeating that adds to the issue. Eating feels sooooo gooood. Right?
We all link massive joy and pleasure to eating. Which makes sense as it helps us survive. The problem is, that we link massive pleasure to a nutrition that doesn't keep us healthy.
Now, at some point in time the pain of being fat ? even if we only believe it ? becomes more evident and we look for a way to reduce our stored energy.
We are ready for a diet. We are ready to take some short term pain for the outlook of long term pleasure.
Now we look for a way to keep the pain at a minimum. The industry answer is often using something that makes us feel we have a full stomach. We buy the wonder drug and start dieting.
Once we done that our body starts thinking, hey, a famine and releases some of the fat to overcome the threat. All the while we consciously fight with the pain of not eating what we like to eat but are still committed to follow through.
At the end of the famine, that is at the end of your dieting you have lost weight. But now your mind and your body are sad of the famine (your body) and the pain it brought (your mind).
You deserve pleasure, so you start eating all the nice stuff you have missed so long and have linked pleasure to. At the same time your body starts to immediately store fat again, just to be prepared for the next famine.
The result is devastating. You gain your weight back quicker than you would have built it up in the first place.
This is the reason why diets usually do not work.
What you need to constantly reduce your weight to a healthy level is threefold.
First you need to switch to a nutrition that is healthy and balanced (and fast food and convenience food does not go into this category).
Second you need to stop starving (dieting) to convince your body there is no more famine to come and it does not have to exploit every piece of energy your fed it.
Third you need to find a way to turn around your beliefs about what is pleasurable and what is painful when it comes to eating.
If you don't turn your beliefs about how pleasurable eating a healthy nutrition is (yes it is really as pleasurable as any other food) and on the other side build up a belief how disgusting the old kind of food is you are not going to succeed.
Turning your beliefs is certainly the most unusual advice you heard. But it is the only way to ensure you will constantly keep your weight at a healthy level.
If you have to fight pain, if you have to fight the feeling of a loss (I can never eat chocolate) you always will link pain to where you are and as soon as the pain level gets to high you will do something against it. This do something is eat the stuff you have linked pleasure to like fast-food, chocolate or whatever.
Once you done this you feel guilty and that is painful. Guess what your reaction will be to overcome that painful guilt? Yes, eat some more as it is the pleasure of the moment that makes you overcome the pain of guilt.
Bottom line. Overweight is not resolved by dieting, overweight is resolved through change in our mind. Dieting without changing what we connect pain and pleasure to has only two effects, it ensures that the producers of diet products have a constant income stream from you and it makes sure you spend money without getting the results you expect.
Do you think it is worth a second thought if I might be right? You can have the weight you want constantly and without any effort. All you have to do is change what you link pain and pleasure to.
How? There are many ways to do this but you need some assistance either through books or, better from a real person that is trained and knowledgeable in this area like NLP practitioners or Ericsonian hypnotists (see my article about hypnosis on that topic).
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© 2005 by Norbert Haag
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Norbert Haag is a business consultant, entrepreneur and sought after speaker for more than 20 years. His company - Online Business Coach http://www.onlinebusinesscoach.com - provides information and services for online businesses, small business owners and freelancers. You can reach Norbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Diet Pills And Supplements
Losing weight is a struggle that many of us face every day. In the search for the best diet program, the subject of diet pills and supplements can be the foremost thought on our minds. With the numerous diet pills and supplements being advertised it's hard to know which ones are safe and effective. Diet pills can be very helpful in controlling the appetite and boosting your energy level and metabolism. In making the decision to use diet pills or supplements to help you lose weight, you must consider what, if any, side effects are possible. Some products claim to have no side effects what so ever while others carry the risk of liver damage, heart problems, and kidney damage, just to name a few. Those who struggle with obesity run the risk of health problems. Along with diet and exercise, you may be considering using diet pills or supplements. Make certain to research the effectiveness and possible side effects associated with these types of products. Information is readily available to you from a number of online and other sources. Obesity is the cause of hundreds of thousands of health related problems for millions of people throughout the world. Losing excess weight is the best thing you can do for your heart and over all health. Diet pills and supplements can assist you in reaching your weight loss goals. Make certain you choose a diet product that carries very little, if any, risk of serious side effects. There are diet pills and supplements available that are safe and effective and have few or no possible side effects. Diet pills can come in the form of prescription medication that is available only through your doctor or in the form of non-prescription supplements that are available over the counter or through online providers. Whichever type of diet pill or supplement you choose, a healthy diet and exercise are still necessary to lose weight and maintain that loss. Claims made by weight loss product manufacturers stating their product can help you lose weight with no diet and exercise plan are usually false. If you want to lose weight, you must reduce your caloric intake and begin an exercise program. There are diet pills and supplements that are safe and can help you in your weight loss plan. Choose carefully and make sure you know the risk of side effects associated with any product you purchase. There are many products available to help you lose weight. There are supplements, diet plans, programs and online support systems to help you manage your eating habits and measure your weight loss progress. Some of these companies provide support and help with your dieting program. We can help you by providing you with a free list of our recommended best sources for effective weight loss products and services. To view our list of recommended sources to help you lose weight or to read more articles about dieting visit: Recommended Weight Loss & Diet Resources Online.
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Alternatives When Considering Liposuction
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Mindfulness - The Key to Avoiding Overeating
I made myself a sandwich today and thought I'd be efficient and do some work over lunch. I was brainstorming some ideas for my next article. Deep in though, the ideas came easy to me. By the middle of page two, I looked down and noticed that I was on my last bite. It was weird, like when you fall asleep and wake up feeling like you just blinked and the alarm went off. I didn't taste my sandwich at all. After cleaning up my plate, I thought, I could go for a little something sweet, maybe I'll have a piece of fruit. My body just ate lunch, but my mind missed out on the whole experience. So there's my article topic!
Weight Loss Options -- Infrared Radiant Heat Saunas (IR Saunas)
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Americans have their French fries, the British have their chips, Latin America has its papas fritas, and the French have their pommes-frites.
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