Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Most people think of a diet as a temporary plan someone goes on to lose weight. Many times, these diets will have a certain gimmick or theme. Some are too restrictive or too hard to maintain as they eliminate certain foods, and drastically limit or eliminate entire food groups altogether, some involve only shakes and pills and some can be dangerous due to their lack of calories and essential nutrients.
 
These types of diets are popular as many people want that ‘magic pill,’ a quick fix solution to health and weight issues. Supplements and shakes that promote metabolic boosting or curbing hunger often sound very appealing but are unfortunately very short lived.
 
The main problem with fad diets is that many simply don’t work long-term. People often find that they can’t stick with a diet for a long period of time. This is likely due to the fact that many diets aren’t realistic, are too restrictive, too costly, too complicated, or too inconvenient to maintain. 
 
So many programs promote radical and extreme changes that are just not sustainable or family friendly. They can over-complicate how simple a healthy lifestyle can be.
 
We need to reconsider the way we think about food. Rather than thinking about temporarily going on some hot new diet to shed excess weight or achieve some other aspect of wellness, we should be thinking about making achievable, realistic changes that we can sustain for a lifetime. 
 
Knowing where to start is half the battle; realizing that you didn’t get there overnight is another point to consider. Taking back your health is going to take a little time and effort but we are here to help you.
 
Don’t worry about tomorrow. Just think about where you could start today. Perhaps it will be as simple as drinking more water or having one less cup of coffee or making an appointment with our Naturopathic Doctor to discuss hormonal issues or nutrient deficiencies.
 
Consider making conscious choices to incorporate more real foods into your diet rather than food-like products. We have 2 Nutritionists that can work with you to build a plan that is personalized and manageable for you.
 
Our team of Osteopaths and Massage Therapists can also help you achieve a healthier body by getting to the root of pain issues and bringing your body back into balance.
 
When you concentrate on diet and exercise alone, you may be neglecting the issues in your life that caused you to become overweight or sick in the first place. To lead the life you have always envisioned for yourself, you may need to look at why you gained the weight or developed health issues and deal with the emotional component. Our Social Worker, Jordan Smith is here to help guide you in this process.
 
Making changes to your lifestyle is not always easy, even making gradual changes can be overwhelming but the Better Health Team is here to help. ‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step.’

About the author ...

Stacey Ayres, Osteopath Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, is the owner of Better Health Clinic, She is a member of the Canadian College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as well as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Stacey has a particular interest in pediatrics, chronic pain, post trauma and surgery rehabilitation, and fertility.