I get a lot questions about diets and which ones to do. There is always some new, innovative diet that is created every 6 months or so, and people who follow fitness run to them. I don’t blame these people creating the diets and marketing them. Apple and car companies has mastered this marketing ploy. Create something new and shiny every 6 months to a year and sell it to the masses. Fitness professionals have done the same. Everyone is looking for new exercises, new diets, and new ways to heal their bodies.
When it comes to diets, I ask the questions, “Can you sustain it long term?”. If you cannot then I would stay away from it. Most diets want you to significantly reduce the number of calories you’re intaking for a short period of time, which forces your body to use the stored fat as energy. What actually happens is when you lose weight quickly, your muscles burn less energy and your brain thinks that the body is starving. When your brain thinks that, now you’ll have the urge to binge eat and you’ll end up gaining all the weight back that you lost, plus interest. You are suppressing your metabolism when you drastically diet, and this is the opposite of what you want to happen. When you lose weight slowly, you brain has time to adjust and now sees the weight you are at, as normal. So now your brain isn’t thinking you are starving and your metabolism will not slow down. Ultimately, the key is nutrition. Nutrition is how to sustain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Stop dieting and start learning about nutrition, eating the right foods, and you'll see that you are able to do so for the remainder of your life. This is the way to lose weight and live a healthy life. When you diet, you will lose weight but for how long? When you are eating correctly and following the right nutrition plan, you will lose weight and be able to keep the weight off.