If cigarettes and alcohol come with warning signs, then some diets should too! Based on statistics and our own analysis of the community we work with, a lot of diets can contribute to massive problems that start creeping up long-term.
Unfortunately, very rarely do we blame the diets that came to our help and gave us massive hope in the form of fast results. Why should we? When we stuck to these diets, we got results!
When you dive deep into the diet mentality you will discover an ugly world that thrives on our insecurities and desperation to lose weight while we are at our lowest points. With no regard to our long-term well-being, mental health, body image.
The following statistics is gathered by studying our own community of former dieters who were successfully able to build a healthy lifestyle that constantly yields results and makes them feel at peace:
~50% Start Developing Binging Habits
While there are levels of binging (the worst being binge eating disorder), a lot of dieters experience some level of binging post dieting. The binging is often enough to make them gain weight rapidly and leaves them feeling lethargic and down. This can quickly become a habit and is most common at nighttime. The reason why people binge after dieting is because they feel restricted.
~75% Decrease their Metabolism
Losing weight using extreme methods can cause our body to burn muscle mass to conserve energy and lower energy expenditure (muscle mass burns a lot of calories in a day). The problem is our muscle mass contributes significantly to our metabolism. Therefore, losing muscle mass will directly lower the metabolism. So what happens when you come off the diet and go back to your regular lifestyle except now you’re burning less calories? You gain quickly.
~85% Gain Weight Back
Unfortunately, most dieters gain weight again and quickly. The reason is because they stop doing what got them to lose the weight. When they relapse to their old lifestyle they gain the weight quickly. Remember the show ‘The Biggest Loser’? A study followed up with the participants years later and found most of them gained the weight back if not more.
If you’re skeptical about my claim that diets do not work long term, then simply look at our population and ask yourself these questions:
How big is the diet industry? Is obesity increasing or decreasing in our population?
How many people do I know have dieted before? How many of them have failed or gained weight again?
To your a better you.
Mohamed Rezk, RD
Mohamed is an experienced and passionate Registered Dietitian who founded RNC in 2015 and is part of Cleveland Clinic Canada's team of experts working in the Executive Health Program. His expertise lies in designing the appropriate environment where his clients can transform their lifestyle and become better versions of themselves. Mohamed believes that the first step to growing in all areas of your life is building a lifestyle that is healthy for your mind and body. His programs has helped many people lose weight permanently and experience tremendous growth in their careers, relationships and quality of life.