Three Reasons Why They Fail
American essayist H. L. Mencken once quipped that “For every complicated problem there is a simple solution –and it is wrong.” His observation is still timely when applied to the current wave of miracle diets.
Weight loss hinges on many factors, including calorie consumption, exercise habits and beliefs about the “right” way to eat. Faced with this complexity, many people long for a simple fix. Authors of fad diets are quick to respond, circulating their ideas through popular books, lectures, and talk shows.
High Protein Diets Share Common Claims
- Myth #1: If we eat too many carbohydrates, we’ll have too much insulin in our bodies. Excess insulin places us in what one writer calls “carbohydrate hell.” The result is supposedly increased risk for heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and a host of other health problems.
- Myth #2: Human beings originally enjoyed a diet that was high in protein. Our bodies are genetically “tuned” to this way of eating.
- Myth #3: You can lose weight quickly and permanently by consuming more protein and eating fewer carbohydrates.
In short, these diets say “hello meat, poultry, fish and eggs and good-bye fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Three Reasons to Doubt the Claims
Actually, the weight of scientific evidence contradicts the hype about high protein:
- Insulin is a hormone that moves glucose from the bloodstream to the body’s cells. As such, insulin is crucial to human health, releasing the energy we need to carry on our daily lives.
- Even if we accept for the sake of argument that human nutrition once centered on protein for some period of time, this would not mean that high-protein diets are an optimal diet for our health, especially since we live longer than our ancestors and have more time to accumulate fat. High-protein foods are likely to be high in cholesterol and saturated fats – substances that can promote heart disease and various cancers.
- Weight loss from high-protein diets comes at first from losing water. However, long-term weight control means losing fat, a goal that calls for changing eating habits over time. Even if you do shed 10 or 20 pounds while on a high-protein diet, studies show you’re extremely likely to gain them back once you go off the program.
Quick Fixes Seldom Lead to Long-Term Change
There’s little evidence that people stick with any miracle diet over the long-term. Too often, diets fail to give people the tools needed for coping with common dilemmas.
There is a simpler, healthier answer to obesity: eat the foods that thin people around the world eat; for example, the healthy people of Asia thrive on high-complex-carbohydrate, high-vegetable, rice-based diets.
Research shows that the slow-and-steady approach to weight loss works best:
- Restrict your calorie intake moderately and naturally by adopting a plant-based diet.
- Focus your diet on more low-fat, high-complex carbohydrate foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Do not overdo protein intake.
- Get an exercise regime going, one which you can adopt as a permanent part of your healthy lifestyle.
Such ideas may not currently be fodder for the best-seller lists. Even so, this formula is far more likely to lighten your load in the long run.
If you frequently read my blogs, you already know that the tool that I suggest to make this happen for you is hypnosis. And, you know that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and that by using hypnotherapy you can change your way of thinking and your way of being. Using self-hypnosis, you can end your cravings for unhealthy foods and begin to enjoy vegetables and whole grains without the fat and you can even begin to desire exercise!
By the way, Adam@home has another great one!