Diets Don’t Work – Eating For You Does

 People indulge themselves and indulge themselves until they can’t look at themselves in the mirror or until their clothes no longer fit. Then they grudgingly force themselves to ‘diet’ to make up for these past indulgences. The ‘remedy’ for these indulgences is usually deprivation, and almost every one of the ‘diet cures’ on the market today requires the dieter to take off the pounds at any cost. Diet schemes are an extremely expensive way to lose weight. Many times the real cost is a person’s well-being. Diet’s don’t work because the dieter is usually thinking about what they’re going to eat when the diet is finally over. You can’t succeed in a diet when all you’re thinking about is food. Depriving yourself is not the answer to healthy, permanent wight loss. It usually causes you to binge later on, which complicates the problem. Deprivation and binging become a vicious cycle.

Another reason diets don’t work is because they’re temporary; which means the results are temporary. People that are trying to lose weight have tried every diet they’ve come across. They are still dieting because diets don’t work. Very few people can be regimented successfully for a long time when it comes to food.

There is also no specific diet for all people. Because all people’s bodies are different, everyone requires different types of food to stay in balance, and even this may vary from season to season and year to year. Each person should learn what their current body’s needs are and eat the right foods for those personal conditions.

When we go on a ‘diet’, our bodies are thrown into a turmoil while it adapts to a new regimen. Then they re-adapt to old patterns when the regimen ends. If you jerk your body back and forth over and over again by dieting, it will become weak and break down. As a whole Americans are overweight and most of the country is obese and it’s rising. More than half the nation is dieting or has dieted. Dieting has never worked and it never will- the numbers prove that. There are billions of dollars spent each year on weight-loss schemes in the United States alone. In spite of the new diets that come and go each year, the problem is becoming worse.

It’s obvious that people have had it with diet mentality. Confusion and frustration are rampant because most of the diets contradict one another. When the so-called authorities are at odds with one another, what are the rest us left to believe? One diet says to eat low carbs and high protein. Another says to eat high carbs and low protein. Another says to eat whatever you want and wash it down with pineapple or papayas. Another says take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before each meal. Another tells you to weigh everything. Some are programs that come with weighed meals.

Stop dieting.

Learn how to eat to satisfy your desire to eat and assist your body in maintaining itself at the weight that is most becoming on you. Learn to eat to live and stop living to eat – alter you’re eating habits. Losing weight is only half the benefit when you’ve learned to eat correctly. A phenomenal increase in energy and an overall feeling of well-being will become additions to your life. Eating raw foods may make one person feel fantastic while someone else eating raw foods may suffer from diarrhea, gas, and lowered immunity. Eating frequent amounts of protein can help one person but it causes headaches, constipation, and high blood pressure in another. What benefits one person won’t necessarily be healthy for your body, and could even make you sick over time.

Everyone of us is born with unique traits, your childhood dietary and lifestyle habits strongly influence your food needs. The speed of your metabolism plus what you currently experience in life – stress, ailments, etc- also indicate what’s best for you to eat. Therefore, a ‘diet’ must be individually tailored to your unique body needs. Never blindly follow a mass diet, no matter how good it sounds, or no matter how much it has helped someone you know.

Determining The Right Dietary Needs For You

The determining factors for your dietary needs vary for each person. Here are some common insights that will help you on your road to learning what your dietary needs are.

Constitution

Each of us is born with a different constitution determined by the health of our parents at the time of conception, and inherited weakness and strengths. These help us determine our immune strength, susceptibility to disease and our food needs. Those with weaker constitutions must be much more careful with their food choices. Those with stronger constitutions do not need to be as strict.

Body Type

Traditional Chinese Medicine categorizes body types according to five phases – Fire, Earth, Water or Wood. Ayurvedic medicine recognizes the body types Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Other cultures identify further body types. The point is that these cultures, for thousands of years, have practiced treating each person with their own body type and their own dietary and lifestyle needs to stay in balance and then eat accordingly to maintain strength and immunity.

Metabolic Power

This just means the ability to digest food normally. If metabolism is too slow, lethargy, sluggishness and easy weight gain result; if metabolism is faster than normal, foods burns too quickly, causing constant hunger, irritability, and drastic energy drops. People with slow metabolisms do better with lean protein, little fat and some complex carbohydrates. Those with fast metabolisms need more concentrated proteins and healthy fats. Both types should avoid processed carbohydrates (Slower metabolisms will experience severe blood sugar swings, and faster metabolisms will experience congestion and weight gain.)

Ancestry and Genetic Heritage

People with unmixed heritages, like pure Japanese, Chinese, Africa, German, French, etc, do better eating as their ancestors did. Most of us have a mixed heritage so to determine our ancestral needs, consider whether most of you ancestors came from northern areas (cold climates) or southern areas (warm climates). Those with colder climates need concentrated diets with more protein and less carbohydrates. Those from warmer climates need lighter diets with less protein and more carbohydrates. If you are half-northern and half-southern, see which feels best and eat accordingly.

Blood Types

Much study has been done on how blood types affect us, not only our nutritional needs, but also our personalities.

Blood Type O is the oldest and most common blood type on the planet. O blood types need higher amounts of full proteins in their diets, especially from animal sources. To offset the potential stagnating effects of this full diet, they need copious amounts of vegetables (part raw, part cooked), some fruit, plenty of water and get lots of exercise. This O type should avoid pork products and refined grains and flour products.

Blood Type A, generally does well with a vegetarian diet, needing protein from lean and carbohydrate sources. They tolerate more grains, legumes and vegetables and should limit intake of red meat and dairy.

Blood Type B can handle a wide range of animal products, dairy, and complex carbohydrates. This type should avoid chicken and sesame seeds/oil.

Blood type AB is the most recent blood type on the planet and they do very well on a vegetarian diet. They can easily digest dairy, grains and domesticated meat.

Environment Influences

If you live in a cold, northern climate, your body generally needs more protein and fewer carbohydrates. If you live in a warm, southern climate, your body needs a lighter diet of less protein and more complex carbohydrates.

Inherited Influence

The health issues that exist in your family determines your body’s needs or intolerances. If there’s diabetes, it’s generally safe to assume that you may sensitive to sugar and would need to ingest simple sugars (honey, fruit, etc) and complex sugars (grains) in moderation. If there’s asthma or allergies, dairy products should be limited. If there’s alcoholism, there’s generally a greater sensitivity to nuts, nut butters, avocados, cheese, caffeine, alcohol, turkey, chocolate, and fried and fatty foods.

Putting It All Together

Taking all these keys into account, will help you determine the right dietary needs for you personally. The importance of one key over another varies individually. Experiment with these keys to help determine which are most important and influential for your unique dietary needs.

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One Response to “Diets Don’t Work – Eating For You Does”
  1. Chubby Girl says:

    I’ve tried a bunch of non-diet stuff: http://chubbygirljourney.blogspot.com/

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