Do Diets Work?
Humans are steadily increasing in size year by year. The past fifteen years has seen a rise in the number of people classed as obese in the UK, and illnesses related to obesity are crippling our health services.
At the same time, the weight loss and diet markets have seen massive growth. Never before has there been so many different weight loss methods available. The US diet market alone is estimated to be worth more than $60 billion.
We are growing rapidly in body size worldwide, and yet, at the same time, the weight loss industry is seeing significant growth. How can this be?
Sadly, research shows that diets simply do not work long term, and often create a perpetual cycle of yo-yo dieting resulting in greater weight gain in the long term… The only winners are the diet industry who become richer, whilst worldwide we become fatter,and our health services sink under the weight of obesity related diseases.
There are many reasons why diets have been shown to fail in the longer term, including:-
- They do not properly educate people about the healthiest, most nutritionally sound way
- They can be hard to do, and difficult to stick with.
- They rely on a person having enough will power to stay the course.
- They can leave people feeling improperly nourished or satisfied, and therefore deprived.
- They do not address the emotional causes of weight gain.
- They do not provide a lifelong, sustainable eating plan.
- They fail to address aspects such as busy lives, family commitments and stressful jobs.
- They do not provide a platform for people to change their core beliefs about eating,
wellness and weight loss.
For weight loss to be successful AND sustainable long term, it is important to recognise
that dieting alone is unlikely to produce lasting results, and various aspects need to be
looked at and worked upon to achieve long-term fat loss and fitness.
By understanding and addressing each of the following points, the process of long-term,
sustainable weight loss will become and easier, less stressful journey:-
1. Ensure you have access to nutritionally sound food plans.
2. Participate in regular exercise.
3. Recognise and manage emotional issues that lead to overeating.
4. Develop a deeper understanding of food.
5. Have an appropriate support mechanism in place.
6. Resolve health issues naturally wherever safe and possible to do so.
7. Take full responsibility for your body now and in the future.
8. Identify and change bad habits in a healthy, sustainable manner.
It can be a hard journey tackling each of these areas alone, and the reason The Tree of Health exists is to help. We have many resources to help you transition to a healthier, fitter, slimmer, sustainable life. Take a look around our website and you will find free recipes, membership support, exercise tutorials, natural food plans, wellness and weight loss events and a shop full of natural food and beauty products.
We are here to support you in your journey to a healthier, fitter, slimmer you, and hope we have the pleasure of working with you soon.
The Tree of Health Team