04/02/2019 by True Personal Training 0 Comments
Why fad diets don't work (and what to do instead)
Diets can be a hard time of feeling deprived, guilty and unsatisfied. All too often one
reaches a point where they inevitably give in, only to feel worse. It’s no surprise,
we are human and will power is limited.
When we say diet, we mean a restrictive approach to controlling what you eat by either
omitting certain food groups i.e. carbohydrates or consciously controlling one
element i.e. portion size, in order to lose body fat. Research shows that when
people diet they typically put the weight they lost back on and sometimes more.
There are many ‘diets’ out there that claim to make you lose weight fast. 5:2,
Paleo, Atkins, Slimming World and you may have tried one yourself before?
Diets give you a structured approach to resisting a specific type of food or calories for
a period of time. Each diet focusses on one small element of weight loss rather
than filling you in on the whole picture and backing it up with some science
backed facts, if they did then you wouldn’t need their diet book?
Ask yourself this: When was the last time you saw a wild animal in nature over weight? Not a
domestic animal, a wild animal. Do they count calories, go to slimming world to
pick up their meals or never eat carbs because carbs are the enemy?
No they don’t! Animals effortlessly self-regulate their weight and they certainly don’t diet.
Why? Because they eat the foods that are designed for them, in the quantities
they are designed to consume.
Diets use will power and will power is a finite resource. What happens when you finish
the diet or your will power gives in? That’s it, you are back to square one,
What should you do instead?
This is something we are really passionate about. Taking a subject which has been
massively over complicated back to simplicity. We like to help people make
simple changes to their lifestyle and diet AND gain a better appreciation for
what is in food, how it’s put together and how various foods impact your body
and weight. By doing so you gain a knowledge based framework from which you can
effortlessly make better choices.
Our bodies are complex organisms with hormonal balances AND external stresses have to be
considered. That said it still does not mean that becoming a healthy weight and
staying there needs to be a time of misery and an effort of huge will power.
What it does require is commitment. Commitment to actually get the whole
picture and learn a little about your food, how it works and its impact on your
body. Knowledge is power and will provide the framework from which you can work
in any situation.
Every individual is different and therefore the formula is slightly different but
instead of choosing to go on the next fad diet, if you really want to lose
weight and keep it off, take time to try and think about things differently.
1.) Commit to building your own personal knowledge and
2.) Gain an understanding of the fundamental
principles of weight loss (we will keep writing about these)
3.) Focus on forming these better, more positive
habits rather than focusing on what you can’t have
4.) See our article ‘Overwhelmed with weight loss? 6
simple habits to get started’ which provides 6 practical steps key to shedding
some unwanted body fat.
True Personal Training is a New Personal Training gym with a New concept based in Wetherby. We offer
one-to-one and our new concept of Shared Personal Training memberships, which
give you an Unlimited Personal Training service, nutritional guidance and the
facility for the price of one regular personal training session per week.
We have a passionate team of experienced personal trainers who
are here to help you achieve your goals every step of the way. While we work
with you we build your knowledge about exercise, nutrition and getting the
right mindset to sustain your new results.
You can schedule your Free consultation and session at any time
by contacting us:
We look forward to hearing from you!