Do Away With Deprivation
Diets have often been perceived as depriving ourselves of the rich foods we love. That’s why diets are doomed to fail and you’re destined to add even more pounds to the load you need to lose.
Not only does the long-term effect of deprivation dieting mean sure failure, but it can also be very harmful. People think they’re going to diet for a short period of time and lose the excess weight and be done with it.
This method may be temporarily successful, but at the end of the diet people go back to their old eating habits and the body immediately turns the food into fat cells to replace the ones lost on the diet.
The reason diets are doomed to fail is that they’re based on deprivation – some of it very extreme. You may cut calories or certain foods, be required to weigh the ingredients on a food scale or only eat certain meals at certain times.
These rules are difficult to follow on a long-term basis – especially for the rest of your life. You may have brief control over the weight loss situation and lose a few pounds, but it isn’t feasibly sustainable.
Deprivation soon gets old and self-control wanes on the limitations diets demand. Back to square one you go – and the guilt and negativity that comes with it can ruin your mindset of achievement.
Leading a life free of deprivation diets should not give you the green light to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Sweets, alcohol and fast foods should be considered along with everything else with a mindset that leads you to ultimate success.
The new recommendation about weight loss is to make small changes in your eating habits that are sustainable and keep adding changes you want to make as you become used to each change.
For example, you might give up or cut down on the amount of sweets you have each day or eat earlier than just before bedtime. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the results of just that one small change will affect your weight and mindset.
This method is slower than the immediate weight loss you may have from a deprivation diet, but it makes more sense in the long run because you’re adhering to the change and not facing multiple changes at one time that are more difficult to control.
If you’re contemplating a vegan diet, give it some time by beginning with a couple of handfuls of veggies at a certain time of day for a couple of weeks. It’s a slower change, but it’s more likely to last rather than a quick and complete change to your habits.
A sugar cleanse diet may last three weeks or longer, but if you simple cut out that morning chocolate croissant and make eggs instead, you’ll be able to control the sweet intake and eventually cut it out completely.
The future of dieting is changing rapidly and the more we know about how our bodies react to certain diets such as deprivation, the more we realize that it doesn’t work in the long run, but small changes over a period of time can help you be successful in your weight loss efforts.