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Why Diets Don't Work

11.03.2011 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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Rebecca Nenner, a certified holistic health and wellness coach, wife to one of our own Redskins front office staff and new WOW contributor, will share her advice with readers throughout the year. Here is her first post on diets - and why they don't work!

Hi, my name is Rebecca Nenner and I am a certified holistic health and wellness coach. My goal is to help you navigate through all the information you get regarding diet and exercise. I also hope to teach you the realities of what food does to you and the best ways to keep you and your family healthy.

I was on a journey to sickness several years ago. By becoming my own health advocate, researching and reaching out to the right practitioner, I was able to bring myself from the brink of disease back to total health. I lost inches off my body and dropped several dress sizes! My intent was not to lose weight, but become well, and as a result the weight just melted off!

My first blog is entitled, Why Diets Don’t Work. Through my posts, I will be bringing you some new information as well as a recipe to try. Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

- Rebecca

Why Diets Don’t Work

Most, if not all of us, have been on a diet at one time or another. The key word is, been, meaning you are not on a diet now. There is a reason for this. Most people go on a diet for a quick-fix. We want to lose weight now and fast!

To go on a diet, means we will eventually go off a diet, which inherently will set us up for failure. However, people continue to go on diets and lose weight and then gain it back - usually gaining more than they started with. This is known as the yo-yo syndrome, losing and gaining weight over and over again.

Why this happens.

The number one reason is people need to make a commitment to something for it to become permanent. The commitment to diet is too difficult because it is too restrictive. If it is too restrictive, you feel deprived and you will "cheat." Once you have cheated, you seem to cheat again. Eventually you will feel you failed and end your diet.

The next reason we fail is because our goals are unrealistic. Most people feel a diet’s goal is become "thin” or "skinny." Using words like these also set us up to fail. Our goal should be to get "healthy" or "fit" when we lose weight. If we incorporate that into our strategy, we have set our ideals on health, not weight loss.

When getting fit, we try to reduce calories and find ways to get active. I say active over exercise because many people despise exercising. Getting active is nothing more than moving your body. Keep your mind off food by getting off the couch or chair and doing something. This can be as simple as walking, climbing stairs or doing an activity you enjoy.

The third reason we fail is because if our bodies eat too few calories, they think we are starving. We lose weight, but we also lose muscle mass because our bodies store fat when we are starving. Muscle mass is what burns calories and makes us strong and fit. It also makes our metabolism work better and burn calories faster.

So if we lose muscle mass, then our metabolism slows down. When we go off our diet, we are left with nothing but fat and a slow metabolism. This causes us to gain weight even faster than before. In addition, fat looks larger than muscle. The fat we add to our fat, makes us look fatter than when we started our diet.

The solution?

Kick the scale habit and get out of game of losing pounds! You want to lose inches! You want to build lean muscle mass and get fit, lean and healthy. The weight will come off, but you can't starve. Start incorporating healthy and stop eating the junk.

This is a lifestyle change- a mind shift. It is thinking about food and activity in a different way. It is something you need to do everyday. If you have a "bad" day, tomorrow is another day, no worries!

Try this recipe!

This is my go-to recipe when I want a quick and healthy side dish for my family. It only takes 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook! Best of all, it is quite delicious and really good for you too!

- 123 Easy Broccoli -

1 purple onion chopped
1 head of broccoli (using florets only)
Olive oil

Chop onions and place in sauté pan with some olive oil, at high heat. When they have softened, add the broccoli florets. Keep heat on high, add some more olive oil, and stir until all florets turn bright green. You don’t want to soften them, you want to roast them. This should take only 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Have health and wellness questions for Rebecca? Leave them below!

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