Are you gaining weight on a diet?
There is nothing more disheartening than gaining weight on a diet. We try so hard to lose weight, trying every diet that comes across Facebook or touted by any celebrity. Atkins, keto, bone broth, grapefruit, liquid, there are so many it’s hard to keep track of the latest fad diet and if I should be eating high fat, high carb, or high protein?!
We all want to lose weight quick and more importantly keep it off. But getting to and maintaining a healthy weight is a life-long process, not something that can be achieved in 72 hours. Any diet that promises you near instant results is not sustainable, and more importantly will primarily result in loss of water weight and debloating. The ultimate goal is to lose excess fat, not just see the number on the scale go down.
Why fad diets cause weight gain
Most fad diets tout their quick fix and rapid results but teach nothing on healthy eating. Once you get sick of eating grapefruit every day and go back to your normal lifestyle the return of the weight is inevitable. Also, with a lot of these fad diets you drastically reduce your calories, sometimes putting you below your BMR. When you consume fewer calories than your body needs for it’s necessary functions you will put your body into starvation. To combat this your metabolism will just slow down. If this is prolonged you can cause long-term damage and will result in more difficulty maintaining your weight in the future.
Why fad diets are unhealthy
Most fad diets drastically restrict what you can eat. In many cases they encourage you to cut out fruits, vegetables, or whole grains. Not eating a balanced diet can result in increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoporosis if you do not get the proper vitamins and minerals. We should be mindful of what we eat and limit intake of processed foods, sugars, and calorie dense foods. But any diet that encourages restriction on whole foods puts you at risk of not getting everything that your body needs to be healthy.
What does a healthy diet look like
For a healthy diet it all comes down to eating a proper balance of protein, complex carbohydrates and fats from whole foods. With so many temptations of sugary processed foods and excessive portion sizes this is really easier said than done. But the best way to ensure you have a diet of whole foods and can be mindful of your portions is through meal planning. Well Planned can help you accomplish just that with 4 healthy dinner recipes every week. Choose from standard, paleo, gluten free, or vegetarian and get delicious, flavorful meals on the table, knowing that you are eating a balanced diet that will keep you from gaining weight.