Putting the record straight – facts you need to know
Fads, fables and fallacies abound in the world of health and weight loss. These essential facts will help to you decide between fact and fiction and give you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions.
The truth about diets? Do you lose weight when you go on a diet? Yes you do. However, in all but a tiny number of cases the weight you lose will return, usually with interest. The statement that diets make you fat isn’t quite as crazy as it sounds. Remember, the diet industry makes its billions…because diets don’t work. When one fails, you try another, and so it continues.
What happens when you go on a diet is that your body reacts by doing what it thinks is in your best interests. It protects your fat stores.
When you diet you reduce your food intake and, as a result, your fat cells lose fat. This causes your energy storage level to drop below normal. Your body’s reaction is to produce less leptin which sends out the signal that your energy levels are low. This prompts the release of the hunger hormone, ghrelin. Guess what? You feel hungry. All you want to do is eat. This is why dieting is difficult, and why drastic, restrictive dieting can never be a long-term weight loss solution.