Do Diets Really Work

Paul Healey

Do diets really work?  We’ve all tried them, we all wish they did what they promised to do on the tin and we all hate them with a passion.  Sometimes they work and you manage to lose some weight but a few months later, you’ve reverted to your old eating habits and the weight is piling back on.  Next year you try again; this time you decide on a different type of diet thinking it’ll all be alright this time; but the same thing happens again.  And so it goes on, year after year.

We should ask ourselves quite why the UK currently has the highest recorded level of obesity when there are so many different diet plans and slimming packages out there.  The internet is awash with this plan and that plan, each promising to help you achieve the results you’ve always dreamed of and the body you’ve always wanted.  So why are British people getting bigger and bigger?  It’s said that the weight loss industry in the UK alone, is now worth more than a billion pounds a year and yet 64 per cent of adults in the UK are classed as obese.

Before embarking on your next diet or slimming plan, why not ask yourself the following questions to find out do diets really work:

  • Does this new plan require me to reduce my daily calorie intake to less than 1500 calories?
  • Does this plan propose cutting out whole food groups such as carbohydrates?
  • Does this plan endorse the consumption of so called ‘low fat’ ready meals that are synthetically mass produced and full of preservatives and/or far too much sugar or salt?
  • Does the plan enforce meal replacement drinks, shakes or supplements?
  • Have I tried this plan before?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we recommend you consider a more sustainable approach to your diet, fitness and general lifestyle.  Any new plan you start should involve good nutrition with plenty of fruit and vegetables and just half an hour of hard training/exercise every day.

Food is NOT your enemy and constraining diets and slimming plans by design will automatically make food your nemesis.  Food is your body’s fuel which should be enjoyed without negativity nor remorse.

Look out for our forthcoming blog entitled:  What is Healthy Eating?

Nicky Terrett

Hire Fitness, West London