If there is one thing that is certain in this universe, it is that no two individuals are alike. We all have different preferences, biological origins, objectives, and, most importantly, metabolisms. Yet when we see a buddy who has lost a lot of weight, we immediately ask how we can follow their diet to get their type of excellence? This method is analogous to reading two different books and expecting the endings to be the same.
What if I tried to tell you it isn’t that easy? What if I told you that every individual is different and what helps for one person may not work for the next?
Popular diets do not work for majority of people, as per a new study. Or, to be more precise, they are marginally effective for a time, but the benefits fade after a year or so as per a large prospective study and meta-analysis published recently in the medical journal, The BMJ.
Everyone is unique.
One person’s metabolism may be diametrically opposed to that of another. Whereas one person may benefit from a keto diet, another may benefit from intermittent fasting. Your metabolic rate is determined by the process by which you transform food into energy, known as oxidation. The best diet for you will be determined by whether you are a quick, slow, or balanced oxidizer.
Fast oxidizers are people who can convert protein and fats into energy more effectively than delayed oxidizers. They have voracious appetites and consume food frequently to avoid energy slumps. In addition, unlike slow oxidizers, they generally require a substantial breakfast to get started.
Most diets are designed to fail.
It is estimated that 95 per cent of all diets under-perform for a number of reasons. To begin, diets encourage an “all-in” approach, encouraging people who want to lose weight to give up everything straight away. Going cold turkey is troublesome, similar to the journey to quit smoking because addictions do not heal themself up overnight.
Establishing unrealistic goals, such as never eating dairy, gluten, or sugar, stymies long-term success. People feel impoverished and irritated, which leads to a “break and binge” mentality. This tends to mean that you will abide by the rules for a set amount of time, say a month and then give up. Rather than giving themselves a breather, most people raise the white flag of defeat and come back to their unhealthy habits, often choosing to eat more than they did before actually starting the diet.
Food isn’t the only thing that needs to change.
Consider the last time you went on a self-imposed diet. What occupied your mind? If you’re like most people, you’ve focused on carbohydrates, protein, calorie intake, and whatnot. Though it is accurate that what we eat has a substantial effect on the ability to sustain a positive weight, for far too many dieters, food is the only priority. By doing so, we disregard other contributing factors to our weight gain, such as exercise, adequate sleep, and mental well-being.
It’s critical that we manage our food relationships. Why do we label some options as ‘bad,’ while others are deemed acceptable? How much of our self-esteem do we attribute to our weight? Taking some time to address these issues and giving oneself time to gradually improve our quality of life will result in longer-lasting outcomes, from the spirit to the body and well beyond.
What does this imply for our eating habits?
It sheds light on developing a personalised diet associated with healthy habits that will position your body to drop weight.
It is not easy to lose weight. If you’re having trouble losing weight, consult your doctor, a nutritionist, and possibly a health coach. Examine this research with them, and then decide on nutritional and other changes in lifestyle that cater to you. After that, stick with them. Remember that you are more likely to stick with lifestyle changes that you enjoy.
Whatever diet works best for you, there are some basic principles that everyone should adhere to in order to eat healthily:
- Consume a variety of foods
- Get sufficient sleep
- Drink adequate water
- Regulate and decrease anxiety/stress