It’s very difficult to change completely and at once our wrong eating habits into more healthy ones, let alone maintaining them over time.
Diets based on restriction end to failure because, during a diet, our will power cannot permanently fight and overcome the desire to eat . Food diets focus strictly on food and this inevitably and constantly leads to thinking about food that we are not allowed to consume.
If there is an extraordinary will power, we may overcome the desire for a certain period of time but it is impossible to keep doing it forever. Therefore, we return to our old and wrong habits, regaining the lost weight. The result? Trying not to think about food when we are hungry is impossible and thinking about it, inevitably leads to EATING it.
This is also fully demonstrated in researches; if any diet could keep its “promises”, the obesity epidemic would have been cured many years ago. In fact, in Italy, 4 million individuals are obese and more than 15 million are overweight and the rate of overweight Italian children is 36% (23,6% overweight and 12,3% obese).
Diets are so effective in keeping weight under control that almost 95% of the people who try them ends up in having the same weight as the year before, if not more!
Diets fail for various interrelated reasons:
- Food deprivation leads to desiring it and, finally, eating it.
- Diets based on counting calories or carbohydrates or any other food diet ensure that food becames an obsession ( the continuous fight with hunger is, to say the least, traumatic!)
- Being on a diet distances you from normal feelings of hunger or satiety.
- Diets turn normal food into “forbidden fruit” and who can resist?
- Many diets deprive you of important nutrients that can cause physical damage in the long term if you don’t give up eventually.
- Many diets are too time-consuming and complicated to follow.
The striking reality is that it’s not the people who fail to follow diets but diets “betray” people because they lead to a behaviour that goes against the human nature and its need to be nourished, therefore, triggering a counterproductive and detrimental vicious circle that influences both the body and the mind!!!
"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed;
it’s easy to get in but it’s difficult to get out."