The Truth About Weight Loss

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"Alright. I will finish this box of brown sugar cinnamon Poptarts and start my diet tomorrow. Armed with only good intentions and a bible of dieting rules, there is nothing that can stop me. I will finally lose weight, get healthy, feel confident…” With all fad diets, we go in with a purpose in mind. Yes, the purpose is to lose weight. But there are often other deeper reasons. Here are a few more examples.

Need to be Loved

Need for Appreciation

Want to Fit into Better Clothes

Want to Feel Confident.. Naked

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So great. This is all I’ve ever wanted. I am so pumped to pack up my rice and broccoli in pre-portioned containers and snack on flavorless almonds for what feels like an eternity.

Sure, cutting out frozen yogurt towered with saccharine toppings twice a week might be in my best interest. And maybe ordering those cheesy enchiladas with flour tortillas was not the brightest idea. However, dieting is not as simple as we seem to think.

After years of sorting through what’s true and what’s not and what works and what doesn’t, I am here to share what is wrong with the weight loss industry and what we should actually be doing instead.

It’s preached relentlessly. Count your calories and make sure your burning off more than you are consuming. If you have an X number of calories deficit, you will lose X number of pounds in X number of weeks. Simple math, simple concepts, and simple rules. Don’t eat sugar. Cut out refined grains. No dairy. No meat. You’ve heard it all before.

But.. if it’s that simple to lose weight, have you ever questioned why the weight loss industry is still making billions of dollars every year? Weak willpower, poor self-control, laziness, and the-next-diet-will-work-mentality are all common explanations. However, if you take a look at the actual research on dieting and weight loss, you can find some real explanations. That is, there really aren’t any.

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LearningErin Thomas