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Why Dieting Doesn’t Work  –  and What to Do Instead

Last updated by Dr. Jamé Heskett on February 7, 2017

You already KNOW dieting doesn’t work, but you continue to do it, hoping that one day, just maybe, you’ll pull it off.

And finally lose weight.

But that’s the problem.

Dieting is about losing weight. And nothing else.

It’s not about how healthy you are.

Or how much energy you have.

You’re just trying to hit a random number on the scale.

You want to know what does work?

Eating to fill your body with the most nutrients you can, which will help you look and feel better, younger and more alive.

After that, your weight will naturally find its new normal set point, which may ultimately be at or even below that magical number you’ve been striving to hit.

How to make better food choices

On The Well Path, we talk about “nutrifying” your food choices.

Here’s a quick glance at how two sources of protein differ, so you can learn how to compare foods to determine which one packs the most powerful nutrition punch.

 

4 Oz. Steak

4 Oz. Black Beans

Protein

24 g

24 g

Fat

17 g

0. 6g

Calories

320

120

Cholesterol

120 mg

0 mg

Fiber

0 g

9 g


 

The black beans are clearly the better choice when it comes to nutrients.

The guidelines

Instead of thinking about “dieting,” change your mindset to think about the QCE metric.

This involves choosing food based on quality, composition, and effect on your health.

  • Quality. You should choose the best-quality foods to put into your body, not the cheapest. Follow these rule-of-thumb questions: Is it fresh (raw, whole, unprocessed, unfrozen, unheated and void of chemicals)? Is it organic (grown without fertilizers, sewage or pesticides)? Even if you can’t purchase ALL of your food this way, start swapping some of it, and make it a goal to increase as you go.
  • Composition. The composition makeup of your food should prioritize variety and nutritional value. For example, broccoli’s “composition” is full of macronutrients, micronutrients, and fiber, with a huge amount of nutrients per calorie. A bag of chips, on the other hand, has nary a nutrient.
  • Effect. When you choose a food to eat, consider how it will “affect” your body. It should satisfy your body’s need for nutrients. It should fill you with energy. It should NOT spike your insulin and slow the metabolism.

The big picture

You don’t need a diet program to tell you what to eat for the next 30 days, and then leave you in a lurch once it’s over  –  only to indulge in all the wrong foods and behaviors all over again.

And gaining back the weight after all that hard work.

You need to develop habits that will last for a lifetime, so you’ll drop the weight, look better, feel great AND keep it all going for decades.

These rules will guide you in the right direction:

Eat less dairy and meat. Bottom line, eating less animal calories has been shown to dramatically promote disease prevention and weight loss.

Don’t trust labels. Choosing a processed food because the label says “whole grain” or “natural” will steer you in the wrong direction. For example, “natural” can include sugar or salt  –  things that, in abundance, are not good for you, nor will they “nutrify” your food choices!

Consider the food production steps. Your food shouldn’t require multiple steps to produce. Choosing corn in its whole state is a great option; however, if you eat corn chips, fried in oil and filled with artificial flavors and saturated fat, you’ve got an item devoid of nutrients that won’t satisfy your hunger or your body.

You know dieting doesn’t work.

So give diets the boot  –  for good.

Instead, opt for food decisions and habits that you can rely on for the rest of your life.

These steps work and they will help you ditch the extra pounds and feel so much better than you’ve ever dreamed.

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Topics: Nutrition