Restrictive diets, regardless of which food, or group of foods, they tell you to remove – like carbohydrates or all solid foods – they all result in the same thing: a reduction in the number of calories consumed. And when you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. That’s a given.
But our brains don’t like having things taken away, and sooner or later we give into temptation because sticking to the strict rules is unsustainable.
And before long – sometimes weeks, sometimes months – we end up piling back on all the weight we’ve lost because our lifestyles slip back into the routines from before the diet started.
You’ve probably been losing and gaining the same 10 – 20lbs over some years, as you cycle through dieting, not dieting, dieting again, and so on.
You’re not alone. By the time we reach a certain age, most of us have spent as much as 20 years on a diet. Permanently restricting food, missing out on social occasions – meals with family and friends, and torturing ourselves with the misery that dieting brings.