Why you can’t lose weight on a diet


This NYtimes.com article on very biased, subjective and in my opinion totally missed to point to the degree that many people will be led astray and suffer because of it.

"Diet." We have to start with what this word means, or at least how it is used in just about every conventional article or commentary on weight loss. When they say "Diet," and this article is a perfect example, they mean, a "daily low calorie" model of eating. The infamous calorie deficit model.

That is where we need to start. Dieting to the mainstream health world is a daily low calorie program, usually low fat, and usually includes 3 meals and 3-4 snacks a day. That is what "dieting" means in the traditional sense, this is very important.

In this model of "dieting," yes, all the negative effects over time are documented clearly (and have seen them for 40 plus years) such as:

1. A 1% long term success rate
2. Dramatic and long lasting lowering of metabolism
3. Minimal fat loss with muscle and water being the most lost
4. Increased hunger and cravings
5. Increased risk long term for heart disease, diabetes, stroke
6. Increased rate of overall death (mortality)
7. Fat gain rebounding up to 140% of initial fat levels

When you follow this old model then, yes, all the negative and hopeless outcomes come true that the NYTimes article drearily lays out for you. BUT, if you approach this issue differently, the way we talk about making changes, then you essentially disqualify yourself from that miserable fate they talk about.

Everything you read from me about eating, weight loss, health improvement, you name it, is not talking about or promoting this traditional model of "dieting."

When I refer to diet, I am referring to literally what you eat. As in what makes up your diet, your food selection, etc.

When you change what you eat, or your food selection, and when you eat, as in times of day, space between meals and rotational eating concepts, you can attain:

1. Fat loss
2. Scale number decrease
3. Inches lost
4. Change in body composition
5. Improved metabolism
6. Improved hormonal profile
7. Decreased hunger, cravings, emotional eating
8. Increased energy, quality sleep, and mental clarity
9. Decreased health risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, dementia, fatigue, depression

Most importantly, since this is a lifestyle change, you can make a plan that you can follow for life. You can have a plan that fits you, your lifestyle and values. You can have a plan that is flexible and changes over time or throughout the year or when traveling.

Really you can have all that you want, but you can not have it in the old model or with little to no work. You will not have it done for you. You can not buy it in a box. You learn how to do it right you can positively impact every aspect of your life, your family's life and promote a healthier life for generations to come.

Dr. Don

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Dr. Don Clum

I consult and create custom lifestyle centered strategy programs for people looking to improve their health. My programs are lifestyle centered and we leverage as many areas of a person's lifestyle that they are willing to include, such as:
 Diet and nutrition
, Exercise and physical activity, Stress Resilience
, Sleep enhancement

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