Why are Weight Loss Diets Ineffective in the Long Run?

protein-diet-weight-loss-veg-animal-slim4funThere are many weight loss diets that exist today and yet with so many to choose from, the question still remains whether among many people whether any of these diets work to keep the weight off the body in the long term.

Some people have claimed that weight loss diets do not work, and these are some of the main reasons why.

  • A lot of diets out there tend to overhaul a person’s eating habits. The truth is that once you are used to certain eating habits, changing them completely can be very difficult. This is why diets fail in the long run because few people are capable of maintaining brand new eating habits for a long time, with many people falling by the wayside and returning to their usual eating habits.
  • Another reason why weight loss diets do not work on a long term basis is the fact that many people usually embark on diets with the aim of losing predetermined amount of weight, instead of dieting to improve their eating habits. The problem usually arises when they reach their desired weight goal, because it is at this point that many dieters stop the dieting process altogether, instead of continuing with it even after reaching their goal weight.
  • Some types of diets tend to deny the dieters body nutrients that it had already become accustomed to receiving. This leaves the dieter feeling testy and even sluggish, and it results in dieters abandoning the diet altogether.

How Protein Could Help in Weight Loss

Overall physical fitness through weight loss has been greatly attributed to the inclusion of protein in many weight loss diets. The reason for this is that protein has various benefits to the human body that make it easier to lose weight without having to go hungry.protein-diet-weight-loss-slim4fun

Protein influences your metabolic rate by slowing down the digestion process. This means that when you take proteins, you tend to feel full for a long time. This effectively eliminates the chances of eating more food since you tend to feel full for a long time. This reduction in the frequency of eating makes it harder to ingest more carbs and effectively helps with weight loss.

Another interesting way in which protein helps in weight loss is the burning of body fat. During your weight loss regimen, body fat is burned along with muscle. Protein therefore becomes extremely important in helping the body sustain the muscles of the body.

The other great way in which protein does a great job in aiding weight loss is the repair of worn out tissue. Time and time again during fitness routines, there is always a great need for the body to replenish the muscle tissues that were involved in the exercise. This is another area where proteins help the body greatly by repairing the worn out tissue in the body, helping you regain the energy lost. It also assist in muscle growth, since weight loss sometimes involves burning of muscle.

Eating a Little Bit of Something

diet-small-amount-food-nutrition-slim4funA great way to curb your appetite and still satisfy that sweet tooth of yours is the technique of eating just a little bit. What do I mean?

Let us say you have just finished eating your lunch. You’re feeling almost full and know you want to munch on something sweet.

If you don’t now, you know that in an hour you will be doing it. So you decide to eat ice cream. Before you know it you have eaten three scoops of ice cream and all your hard work (we assume you exercised!) you feel has gone to waste.

Here’s were the technique comes in. Instead of eating three scoop of ice cream, eat three apricots (or a whatever bowl of fruit you might like) to give you that sense of fulfillment that you’re looking for and then eat half a scoop of ice cream at the end.

Eat it slowly and really savor it. You’ll find that just this half scoop was enough to satisfy your craving for something sweet, you feel full (from the healthy fruit) and you’ve done something fundamentally different to before.

You have now rewarded yourself for your hard work with half a scoop of ice cream whereas before you hated yourself for letting go and indulging in three scoops.

Probiotics: the ‘Friendly’ Bacteria

probiotic-bacteria-slim4funThe digestive tract of the human body is inhabited by an estimated number of 400 different kinds of bacteria. These bacteria can be either labelled as ‘friendly’ or ‘pathogenic’, which are not beneficial neither desirable for the body.

The presence of friendly bacteria can affect significantly the overall health of a person while at the same time it reduces or regulates the impact that pathogenic bacteria may have. As expected, the friendly ones can aid the digestive processes to take place and be carried through effectively. Furthermore, they are able to assist in or lead the production of essential vitamins for the human system, especially if such need arises after receiving a treatment with antibiotics.

In recent years probiotic supplements entered the market with the promise to help in weight loss and/or maintenance since they can assimilate and exploit the nutritional value of carbohydrates and proteins, while as mentioned above absorb vitamins and even enzymes.

Some experts also suggest a high in probiotics diet for certain conditions noticed in dogs, e.g. coprofaghia, which can be administered through food with high value in good or friendly bacteria, that is probiotics, such as yoghurt which is the most widely known source of probiotics.