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Why 95% of Dieters Fail and How To Be Part of the 5% That Actually Lose Weight

I’ve been helping thousands of everyday people successfully lose weight for more than 10 years. Recently, I’ve undertaken a study on what’s going on in the weight loss industry, only to find that 95% of diets fail.
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We’re told that, in order to lose weight, you must do 60 – 90 minutes of physical activity and eat a balanced diet (Surgeon General of the USA), if it’s really that simple, why are 68% of Americans overweight? (Lancet Journal of Medicine)
I’ll cover 5 strong reasons why diets fail and how you can achieve fast weight loss that is both safe and healthy.

1) Carbs are NOT the Enemy and Carbs ARE the Enemy

There are two types of carbs, simple carbs such as sugar and complex carbs, such as pasta/fibre/rice.
Carbs are NOT the Enemy and Carbs ARE the EnemyLet’s talk about complex carbs first, they are not the enemy! It’s all about portion control, here’s a great example, the recommend serving size of pasta is only half a cup, when you order pasta at a restaurant, you are serve 4 cups of pasta! Complex Carbs are not the enemy, ridiculous portion sizes are (Miller, RD LDN).

Simple carbs are the enemy. They create massive spikes in blood sugar levels, your body’s natural response is to increase insulin levels. As a result, the foods high in sugar are stored as fat (O’Brian Ph.d) The science is a bit more complex than that, but you get the idea, simple carbs are bad.

2) Diet Results DON’T LAST

The problem with diets, they’re only short term. A study by the by Harvard School of Medicine researchers found that 80% of people on a diet, over a three year period, actually put more weight on. Meaning, they lost weight at the beginning – after a few months, they gain it all back.

The reason for this is simple, with a diet, you’re restricting the foods that you eat, so once you’ve lost weight, you go back to your normal eating habits and thus, gain weight. (Surgeon General of Michigan State)

An interesting study: researches at Flinders University, in Adelaide Australia, found that dieters who changed eating habits by following a smart meal plan, were 27 times more likely to experience weight loss over a 3 year period, compared to those that followed a crash diet.

3) Avoid diets that recommend calorie or points counting. 

Calorie counting is one of the worse methods to lose weight, simply because it’s not practical for you to be weighing and measuring all the food you eat. An average recipe contains 8 ingredients, are you really going to stand there and measure all the calories in 8 ingredients before you cook them? You might when you start the diet, but over time, almost everybody gives up.

4) High Protein/Low Carb Diets Screws Up Your Health

Diets such as the Atkins diet promote high protein, low carb meals can be extremely bad for your health, usually, all protein sources are high in saturated fat, which can cause clogging in the arteries. It’s actually recommend by the American HeartAssociation to limit the intake of saturated fat to less than 10% of your daily intake.

By limiting the amount of Carbs you eat, the end result is you feel lethargic and constipated, which is not much fun. In fact, 60% of your daily intake of calories should consist of carbohydrates and the majority of that 60% should be complex carbohydrates.

5) Diets are EXPENSIVE

Diets are EXPENSIVEAn article published in the Wall Street Journal estimated that Americans spent 32 Billion Dollars on diet and health food supplements. Obviously diet supplements are not helping if 68% of Americans are overweight. (Lancet Journal of Medicine)
The problem with these is as soon as you stop buying the food, 98.7% of people regain the weight (Tann, 2011). These types of diets have a higher failure rate then other general diets.

Here’s what to look for in a diet!

From my study, I’ve concluded that there are 5 main points that you should look for in a diet, to ensure that you are one of those 5% of dieters that succeed.
1) The diet must acknowledge that sugar is the enemy. It should also list foods to avoid that have the potential to spike your blood sugar levels.
2) The diet must NOT be a diet; rather, it should be a selection of meal plans. As we’ve discussed, diets don’t work in the long term.
3) These meal plans must focus on a variety of food. For example, don’t use a diet that only recommends boiled cabbage. Bad idea.
4) You must be able to adapt the diet to suit your own needs. (E.g., if the meal plan recommends a food that you don’t like, you don’t have to eat it)
5) A diet that recommends you buy supplements, shakes or pre-packaged meals is NOT a diet I recommend.

Which diet do I recommend? 

After careful consideration, I’ve decided that the best diet which meets all these criteria is a diet I bet you’ve never heard of before. It’s called The Diet Solution and its main focus is on changing eating habits in clever ways. There’s really not point me going into too much detail, it’s all mentioned on their website.

Sticking To A Weight Loss Diet

If you’ve tried dieting before, you’ve likely experienced how hard a restrictive weight loss diet is to stick to. With any diet, it’s necessary to rigidly adhere to the guidelines of the diet in order to lose weight. By cheating on your diet, you will be consuming more calories than you should be. Sometimes this will result in you maintaining your current weight at the end of the week; in other cases, it may result in you actually gaining weight. In order to lose weight effectively, it’s important to follow your diet religiously.

You will find it hard to stick to a weight loss diet if you feel the urge to overeat or if you eat as a response to stress. It’s impossible to live in a vacuum while you are dieting; you cannot put your life on hold while losing weight. Stressful life events can crop up in your life which can lead to you turning to food as comfort. If you habitually binge eat as a response to stress, you will find yourself unable to lose weight steadily since you are always at risk to overeat and consume a large amount of calories. Binge eating as a result of stress or depression often causes a feedback loop where you cheat on your weight loss diet, then feel guilty about cheating on your diet which causes you to be more likely to binge eat again. If you feel that you have a problem with compulsive eating, you should seek the aid of a therapist; since compulsive eating is now recognized as a major problem, many therapists are knowledgeable about strategies you can use to break the cycle of stress eating.
There are several tips you can use to reduce the temptation to overeat and snack on junk food while on a weight loss diet. One tip is that you should never purchase junk food at the store. If you have junk food laying around the house, it will obviously be much easier for you to succumb to temptation and for you to cheat on your diet. Try to keep any food that isn’t approved by your diet away from your house. Get the support of your family members during the time you are on a weight loss diet and convince them to stop buying junk food so that you can avoid the temptation that easy access to unhealthy food brings.
Weight Loss

Overeating brings momentary pleasure, but will result in you being unhappy with your weight loss in the long term. Keep your long term weight loss goals in mind at all times when on a weight loss diet. Even though it may feel pleasurable to eat the wrong kinds offoods and cheat on your diet now, it will result in you feeling sad or guilty when you realize the results of cheating on your diet when you step on the scale. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t losing weight as fast as you think you should be. The rate of weight loss from dieting varies from person to person; as long as you are steadily losing weight, you will eventually reach your weight loss goal.

The Atkins Diet for Fast Weight Loss

The Atkins diet has been a popular choice for dieters who want fast weight loss. On the diet, you put your body in a state of ketosis. In ketosis, your body converts stored fat in your body to ketones which are used by your body as fuel. On a normal diet, your body would use glycogen as fuel which comes from the carbohydrates that you eat. However, by restricting your carbohydrate intake your body must use ketones instead of glycogen in order to fuel your body. The conversion of fat into ketones by the process of ketogensis will result in fast weight loss.

The Atkins Diet for Fast Weight LossIn order to correctly follow the Atkins diet, you must reduce your carbohydrate intake until you are in a state of ketosis. The maximum amount of carbohydrates that you can eat each day and still have your body go into a state of ketosis varies from person to person, but a good general guideline is to eat under 100 grams of carbohydrates a day. You can purchase ketosis testing strips from the internet or from vitamin stores, which analyze your saliva to determine if it contains ketones. If ketones are detected in your saliva, you are definitely in a state of ketosis. Other indicators you can use to determine if you are in ketosis or not is to check if your breath or urine smells fruity – the presence of ketones will give both the odor of fruit. By confirming that your body has entered into ketosis, you will know that you are setting yourself up for fast weight loss.

You should make sure to take vitamin supplements while on the diet, as it will be hard to get all the vitamins and minerals you need while eating a diet that is low in carbohydrates. You won’t be able to eat many fruits and vegetables and still keep your carbohydrates consumed per day low enough to go into ketosis, which means you will need to take supplements to fill in the gaps. Healthy foods you can eat on the Atkins diet include chicken, turkey, and fiber-containing vegetables. Fiber is a carbohydrate that is not processed by the body, so it does not affect whether or not you go into ketosis. It’s important to eat a lot of fiber to keep your digestive system well-regulated. You should try to minimize the amount of dietary fat you consume while on the Atkins diet, as it adds calories that can slightly slow down the rate of your fast weight loss.

Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids while on the diet. Being on a low-carbohydrate diet and in a state of ketosis can be very taxing on your liver and kidneys. In order to avoid health complications, you will need to drink at least a gallon of water a day while on the diet. This helps move things along in your kidneys and liver and reduces the amount of damage done to them by the state of ketosis. Drinking lots of water also helps you feel fuller throughout the day, reducing the urge to binge eat and thus increasing the rate of your fast weight loss.

The Best Fast Weight Loss Diets

For achieving the most rapid weight loss results, you will need to go on a very low calorie diet, or VLCD. There are a variety of different VLCD diets out there, but all will be successful fast weight loss diets. Many of them rely on drinking protein shakes that supply the balance of nutrients that your body needs to function while also containing vitamins and minerals. The common characteristic of these fast weight loss diets is that you restrict your daily calorie intake to only 800 calories.

The Best Fast Weight Loss DietsVery low calorie diets should ideally be monitored by a health care practitioner such as your general physician. It’s very difficult to try to get all the essential nutrients that you need while only consuming 800 calories a day. Your physician can help tailor fast weight loss diets to your specific nutrient needs. Going on a very low calorie diet without consulting a physician first can be very dangerous, as you may not be getting all the nutrients that your body requires. You may end up doing damage to your body and your internal organs by going on such a restrictive diet for a long period of time. In order to stay safe and avoid damaging your body’s organs, you should only do a very low calorie diet under the supervision of a physician who can correctly assess your body’s requirements and how your body is adjusting to the diet.

Since you are eating such a low amount of calories, your body has no choice but to burn the stored fat in your body as fuel. Your body needs to naturally burn a certain number of calories per day in order to survive. If you aren’t consuming enough calories for your body to use the food you consume as fuel, then it will turn to the fat stores in your body in order to fulfill your energy requirements. The extreme fat burning properties of very low calorie diets are why they are fast weight loss diets that can help you drop pounds faster than any other type of diet.

You should slowly ramp up the amount of calories you are consuming after coming off of the diet, as your body will be in starvation mode and immediately reverting to your past eating habits may result in massive weight gain. When you restrict the amount of calories you eat for a long enough period of time, your body will go into starvation mode. In starvation mode, your body will naturally want to store all the excess calories you can consume as fat. While on a very low calorie diet, this isn’t a problem as you are not consuming any extra calories. However, if you immediately revert to your old eating habits after reaching your ideal weight, your body will still be in starvation mode and your body will take all the calories it can get in order to build up its fat stores again. By slowly increasing the number of calories you are eating after reaching your ideal weight, you will avoid the rebound weight gain that you would otherwise experience.

The Easiest Weight Loss Diets

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, choosing a diet that is easy to stick to and is maintainable for the rest of your life is the best way to do it. Sensible weight loss diets teach you healthy eating habits that you can carry with you even after you have reached your ideal weight. Diets that are severely restrictive and that cannot be adhered to for the rest of your life are not good choices for lifelong weight loss. You may be able to quickly reach your ideal weight on one of these weight loss diets, but you will most likely find yourself quickly gaining weight once you return to your old eating habits. The less you weigh, the less calories your body will expend per day maintaining your vital organs and generating body heat. If you return to your old high calorie diet after losing a large amount of weight, you will undoubtedly experience weight gain due to this fact.

The Easiest Weight Loss Diets
You should select a diet that allows you to eat a wide variety of food; there is no need to deprive yourself of the foods you love as long as you eat them in moderation. A diet that heavily restricts the types of food you can eat will be stressful to follow. The urge to cheat on your diet will grow stronger and stronger if you deprive yourself of the foods you love. After the first time you cheat on your diet, it will become easier to cheat again and again until eventually you’re no longer on the diet at all. The easiest weight loss diets are more about portion size and preferring healthy foods over unhealthy ones, not about rigidly adhering to a list of foods you can and cannot eat. You can eat chocolate cake, but you can’t eat it very often and you can’t eat an entire cake in one sitting. You should see the opportunity to eat appetizing foods that are unhealthy for you as a rare treat, not as something that you should be doing on a regular basis.

Many dieters have found that the No S diet allows them to achieve safe and steady weight loss. It’s one of the easiest weight loss diets to remember the rules for. On the No S diet, you only have to follow three simple rules: you don’t eat sweets, you don’t eat snacks, and you don’t go back for seconds. Remembering these simple rules is easier than memorizing lists of approved and unapproved foods. Not eating sweets will cut a large amount of empty calories out of your diet, as sweets are often full of simple sugar and have very little in the way of nutrition. Not eating snacks will help you better know how many calories you have eaten in the day; it’s easy to get carried away when mindlessly snacking on food. The no seconds rule is all about portion control and stopping overeating. The other property of this diet is that you are allowed to cheat on days that begin with an S, just as long as you are sensible about it.

5 Realities of the Cabbage Soup Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a fashion diet that has been used for decades now. Usually called the "Military Cabbage Diet" and "Sacred Heart Diet", this diet's real source has yet to be discovered. No one has confirmed where this diet came and if it's created for any group of individuals in particular but the truth that this diet still exists after so many years has greatly displayed its possible applicability.

This diet has a detox effect on the person who is dieting as the diet is the same as fasting. But, because of the risky low levels of carbohydrates and protein in the soup, this diet is not suggested for everybody. Some people who tried this diet in the past finds it very useful and they lost 5 to 8 pounds in just 1 week. They stated that they hopelessly needed to look for a diet that can aid her in losing weight. Although the diet is useful, it is not simple and the dieter must be careful of the insinuations before undergoing on the diet.

1. It Limits Your Food Consumption to Cabbage
You do not essentially have to adore cabbage but you should have at least open-mindedness for these leafy veggies. It can be bland and the diet usually asks for some ingredients like celery stalk and crushed tomatoes. On other days, other vegetables and fruits are placed and the diet is pushed to eat as much vegetables and fruits available. Some people try to put additional spices to have it more edible, this soup can be very tasteless and boring.
5 Realities of the Cabbage Soup Diet

2. It Can Root Other Symptoms in this Diet
The diet can root headaches and irritability. Some individuals show lack of focus usually because of hunger. Usually, the dieter believes nothing but of consuming and since this soup is almost liquid, it can't fill you up. The diet suggests eating as much cabbage soup as you can mostly if you are starving but the repetitiveness of the diet can be tiring.

3. The Side effects
This Soup Diet, being a fashion diet can direct to a recover of weight. This diet can depart the dieter sensing very depressed and she or he has the inclination to consume more in the subsequent weeks. This will lead to a yo-yo diet, with the individual regularly routing to the diet when the requirement arises.

4. Realistic Weight Loss
The person who is having a diet has to be practical about the count of weight that is removed. Even though there is a large amount of weight removed, it will likely be lean muscle tissue and water weight. 

There is no visible removal of fat and the dieter will likely recover the weight back if she or he does not place a work out regime to the plan.

5. Diet is Not for Everyone
This Soup Diet is not perfect for everybody. There are other people who could take the diet and just follow through, but there are people who also need constant confirmation that the diet is valuable.

Diabetes Causes or Risk Factors

Women with GDM or IGT were similar to those with normal glucose tolerance during this pregnancy with respect to ideas about diabetes risk factors, whether diabetes risk could be reduced, and the seriousness of the disease. Many women, regardless of current glucose status, either had relatives with diabetes whose behavior and treatment regimens may have influenced their beliefs or had experienced diabetes themselves during this or an earlier pregnancy.
Diabetes Causes or Risk FactorsSeveral women had lost family members to the disease: (“After she [mother] passed away, two brothers of hers also passed away from the same thing, and now there are only two brothers left from her side. ”). Most women linked their probability of developing diabetes, or “sugar” as many referred to it, with the presence or absence of several factors, most frequently diet, herencia or family history, and temperament or the experience of intense emotions. Most women believed that family history of diabetes and dietary practices were major contributors to diabetes risk.

Diet was mentioned slightly more frequently because specific dietary practices were seen as increasing diabetes risk even in people without a family history of the disease. However, many women described these factors as intertwined, with dietary practices either increasing or decreasing risk for those from “diabetic families.” Many women were aware of dietary recommendations for people with diabetes, based on observations of family members or their own experiences.

Specific dietary practices mentioned as increasing diabetes risk were the frequent intake of sweet foods and drinks, and fat, whether obtained from cooking with oil or lard or within foods themselves. These dietary characteristics were seen as an integral part of a Latino cultural lifestyle pattern, although variations in individual behavior were noted, specifically with regard to frequent consumption of sweets and snacks. Weight, age, pregnancy, and temperament were less often discussed as single causes of diabetes, but rather believed to interact with family history and diet to precipitate its onset. Women were aware that diabetes could be present only during pregnancy but saw the disease as most likely to develop during, and less likely to go away after, pregnancy if one had family members with diabetes and if one ate sweets frequently.

Some women reported that the experience of intense emotion was a cause or precipitant of diabetes. Feelings associated with susto [fear or fright) and coraje (anger) were the most commonly reported, but worry or preoccupation and excitement were also mentioned. Women gave examples that related to sudden events, as well as to a general temperament, for example, easily angered, always worried. Several women explained that these emotions cause the body to “give out more sugar" or to “put forth more insulin." A remedy in the case of anger or fear that was suggested by several participants was to drink water with sugar or eat bread or tortilla to absorb the extra insulin.

Diabetes and Physical Activity

There was considerable disagreement about the role of physical activity in causing diabetes. Many women did not believe there was a relationship between physical activity and the risk of diabetes because dietary factors were seen as the primary cause. Other women saw lack of exercise as part of a general cultural lifestyle pattern that increased diabetes risk and indicated their belief that Latinas were more likely to sit and eat, whereas Anglos were perceived as more likely to exercise. Although physical activity was less often seen as a cause or preventive strategy, several participants identified it as part of diabetes treatment, based on their own experiences and observations of family members and friends with diabetes.

Nutrition, Exercise, and Health-Related Fitness

Physical fitness may be defined, in general terms, as a set of abilities individuals possess to perform specific types of physical activity. The development of physical fitness is an important concern of many professional health organizations, including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), which has categorized fitness components into two different categories.
In general, these two categories may be referred to as health related fitness and sports related fitness. Both types of fitness may be influenced by nutrition and exercise.
Exercise and Health-Belated Fitness
What is health-related fitness?
As mentioned above, one’s health status is influenced strongly by hereditarian predisposition and life-style behaviors, particularly appropriate physical activity and a high quality diet. As we shall see in various sections of this book, one of the key factors in preventing the development of chronic disease is maintaining a healthful body weight.
Proper physical activity may certainly improve one’s health status by helping to prevent excessive weight gain, but it may also enhance other facets of health-related fitness as well. Health-related fitness includes not only a healthy body weight and composition, but also cardiovascular respiratory fitness, adequate muscular strength and endurance, and sufficient flexibility. Several health professional organizations, such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), have indicated that various forms of physical activity may be used to enhance health.

Sugar free Canine Food/ Diabetic Dog Food

These days, with the adulteration in food, it weakens the fighting power of the antibodies in our body. The main disease that affects every other man is diabetes which results in far worse conditions of our body than one can imagine. Dog, the most faithful creature a man can trust upon follows its master even in its health and lifestyle. Recently, it has been found that even dogs get affected by this and so the food content of theirs must be monitored upon. Diabetic Dog Food is one of the best options for health life for pets.

What is Double Diabetes?

Double Diabetes is the term for a person having both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. How does this happen? If a person has type 1 diabetes gains weight they may start develop type 2. If they have type 2 and doesn't follow her doctor prescribed protocol properly they may overwork their pancreas and begin to develop type 1. Either way, having a direct relative with diabetes will double your risk. So talk to your doctor if you have any siblings with diabetes. You will need to get screened yearly starting at age 45 to see if you are going to develop diabetes.

Does the Consumption of Too Much Sugar Cause Diabetes?

Diabetes is a well known illness that affects millions of individuals each day. There are three known types of diabetes; type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Any type is a very serious disease.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during the early childhood years. This type is usually inherited, and has nothing to do with being over exposed to sugar. The body does not produce insulin in type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is is more common in Caucasians.

How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a well-known disease. My grandmother had it, my mom and dad both suffer from it and if I don't watch what I eat now, there is a good chance I will be diagnosed with it. Most diabetics are taking insulin shots or taking pills every day just to keep their blood sugar normal. There are other things you can do besides taking pills and insulin shots to keep your blood sugar under control. There are also ways to prevent type 2 diabetes if you don't already have it. Just by following these steps, you may be able to prevent type two diabetes.

Syndrome Pre Diabetes and Metabolic

Most people in the Western world know about diabetes, but are less likely to have heard of diabetes before. Even less is known about the term “metabolic syndrome”. The importance of having the metabolic syndrome may not be very stressed, because it can be an indicator of diabetes.

Sugars such as glucose are our main source of energy, and come from carbohydrates in the food we eat. That travels in blood glucose and insulin is needed to harvest the cells of the body to be used as energy. Sometimes something goes wrong with the metabolic system that can affect insulin, glucose, and this is what is known as the metabolic syndrome. Or not enough insulin in the body, or is not accepted by the cells and this leads to excess blood sugar. The potential damage to the body in this case is large and can lead to diabetes, stroke, heart disease and diseases kidney, among others.

A good diet can pre-diabetes, in some cases even prevent the development of diabetes overall dry. Doctors use the metabolic syndrome as an indicator to determine the risk of type 2 diabetes. Your BMI (body mass index) calculation was used to determine whether overweight or obesity, high blood pressure is diagnosed by checking blood pressure and cholesterol levels are determined by a simple blood test. Remember that the metabolic syndrome is a disease in itself, however, is a condition that allows the physician to assess the risk of certain diseases such as diabetes. As always, if you are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome, you should listen to the advice of your doctor in order to avoid severe complications of diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes Diet Plan

Gestational Diabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar is too high when you are pregnant. It usually goes after the baby is born, but some people may get it even in the later stage. If you have diabetes then  your body does not produce enough insulin or the it will not function properly. It will lead to an increase in the blood sugar level. This can be harmful for both the mother and the unborn child. Therefore you should take utmost care in controlling the blood sugar level.