If you’re on a diet you are not alone. Americans spend $110,000,000 per day on weight loss programs, diet pills, and exercise programs.
But the unfortunate fact is much of that is wasted money. Because for many people diets are not working. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons so you can succeed with weight loss.
Your diet doesn’t address hormone imbalance
Hormone imbalance is one of the biggest reasons that weight loss is difficult, but most diets don’t address this. In fact, diets can actually make hormone imbalances worse.
Diets can lead to imbalances in progesterone and other female hormone issues. They can also slow the metabolism and contribute to thyroid hormone imbalances.
My programs start with hormone balance. I take a holistic approach so it’s not just a case of eating less so you can lose weight.
You feel hungry all the time
Many diets address weight loss by severely cutting back on calories or certain foods. This can leave you feeling hungry all the time, which is going to end up causing more issues than it’s fixing.
It’s a myth that you need to be hungry all the time to lose weight, in fact this leads to cravings, binge eating, and low energy levels.
Your diet causes low energy
A diet that doesn’t have the right nutrient balance will leave you feeling like you have no energy. This means that you’ll probably start moving less and expending less energy even without thinking about it.
Diets can actually lower your motivation levels
It’s easy to get demotivated when you are dieting. If you haven’t been losing weight despite following the diet, or you’ve had a slip up this can lead to lower motivation levels. The low energy levels can also contribute to low motivation and can lead to you choosing quick fix foods.
You are not paying attention to your body’s hunger cues
Diets are notorious for having strict rules about what you should eat and when you should eat it. But you probably won’t pay attention to things like are you really hungry or is it stress or emotions that makes you want to eat. If you are not eating slowly and mindfully you could be eating too much at some times and not enough at others.
You don’t address stress
Stress is often overlooked when trying to lose weight, but it has a big effect. Stress can throw your hormones out of balance, especially the stress hormone, cortisol. It can also play havoc with your gut health.
Stress contributes to stress eating, which means you are eating for reasons other than hunger. And unfortunately, the restriction of being on a diet can contribute to your stress levels.
Your diet doesn’t address cravings
Diets are usually based on a strict eating pattern, but they don’t address what to do when you have cravings. The restriction of diets and the stress this causes can actually contribute to cravings.
Diets can cause sleep issues
If the diet is adding stress, you’re going to bed hungry or you’re lacking energy during the day you might have sleep issues from the diet. Sleep issues can make it harder to lose weight and lack of sleep can also imbalance your appetite hormones.
You are not getting enough protein
One of the key factors in losing weight, especially for women, is getting enough protein. Protein helps to keep you feeling satisfied, helps to maintain hormone balance, and also helps to maintain your muscle and your metabolism. But many diet plans don’t provide enough protein.
Food intolerances don’t directly cause weight gain, but they can contribute to hormone imbalances and inflammation which can lead to weight gain, or inability to lose weight.
Because diets can introduce several new foods or ways of eating, it can be difficult to tell which food is causing the intolerance. Or you might just think that your symptoms are a natural part of your diet.
What you can do
If you want to lose weight, then don’t waste your time (and money) by going on yet another diet. My programs include complete plans that work with you and your lifestyle for lasting change. Set yourself up for life and learn about your body and what works for YOU. This is not a cookie cutter approach.
Vicki Witt | Clinical Nutritionist | Holistic Coach | Reiki Master | Certified LEAP allergy therapist Over 25 years of successfully helping you achieve optimal health and weight loss 🍏 | www.vickiwittweightloss.com
Vicki Witt is a Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Coach, and Reiki Master. She has been practicing over 25 years and specializes in holistically customizing diet and lifestyle plans to each individual for weight loss and hormonal control. Her clientele often report they feel the best they have ever felt and wish they had started sooner. One of the USA and Australia's top Nutritionists, she has won multiple awards for her services in the industry.