Traps of drastic diets

The moment you decide to lose excess weight or work on your body, the most often move is starting a diet. Better or worse, from a dietitian or a magazine. If a diet you decide to use is based on few products, if you have only one set of meals and you keep eating the same things, you fall into monotony quite easily. How to avoid it? Majority of commonly known and used diets are based on porridge with fruit and rice with chicken followed with quark with nuts.

Why is it like this?

It's, undoubtedly, convenient solution, not so time-consuming, easy to prepare, it's easy to count the macro nutrients and calories.

You're looking for an easy way when putting away ready-made meals and ready to cook foods, that's why you want to make it simple. It wouldn't be that bad, if not for the fact that you tend to eat the same things just beacause you're lazy. When you're absorbed in the diet and its first effects, you often eat too little. At first, such solution brings effects. You're losing weight. You're satisfied.

After some time eating rice and chicken becomes boring and monotonous. It makes you lose motivation. If, at the same time, you limit the calories drastically, hunger gets more irritating. Along with lower intake of food and the level of body fat, the level of leptin in the body decreases. To make it simple, its insufficiency sends a signal to the brain that the energatic reserves are close to exhaustion and the time of hunger is close. As a result, you tend to feel larger craving for food and metabolism gets slower. Cutting on calories in a drastic way may cause ravenous appetite leading to the periods of starving and gluttony. After each time of eating large amount of “forbidden” food, it's much harder to go back to the discipline of diet. The irony of current fashion for slimming is the fact, that, in longer perspective, we put on weight and there are more and more overweight people around.

You will not lose body fat permanently if, in turns, you will limit calories and gormandize. If you care about constant effects, change your eating habits and maintain it for the rest of your life. Diet should be adjusted to your preferences, so that it was possible to eat this way for the whole life.

So what, you go on a diet for two or three months? You'll lose 4-8kg and then you'll go back to everything you declined in that time.

Long-lasting success lies in two basic assumptions

  • include your food preferences

  • develop the correct nutrition habits

It's not easy to change the behaviour, but if you get used to the new habits, they will become natural for you.

If your way of eating will include dishes and food products which you like very much, it will be easier for you. Many calssical “unhealthy” meals may be prepared in healthier versions. It's worth pointing out that, by changing nutrition habits, food preferences often change, too. So, don't follow the same schemes and start looking for new flavours and dishes, which would be perfect for you. Don't forget – each diet requires thinking.

It's also good to add one more rule to those listed above: change your way of perceiving the world.

To sum up, there does not exist one perfect dietetic solution, which would be ideal for each person. Diet should be adjusted to your own preferences, so that it was possible to eat this way for the whole life.