How Bad Advice Have Been Affecting Weight Loss
Let’s be honest here, the basics of weight loss are few.
We can argue and elaborate on the specifics until we are blue in the face, but most aspects of weight loss are pretty straightforward.
However, many people fail at it.
This failure occurs mostly as a result of the misinformation on weight loss out there. We could talk about the misinformation being spread by different weight loss programs available.
The most popular ones among them are Jenny Craig, Diet Center and Weight Watchers. And, virtually all these programs get the nutrition stuffs wrong and gives bad weight loss advice like eating high carb and low-fat diets, counting calories and others. However, with the bad nutrition advice, they still get results.
Why Weight Loss Program Get Results with Bad Nutrition Advice
These programs get results because they have managed to tap into something when they discovered the importance of accountability and support in weight loss.
Case in point:
Weight Watchers, one of the most popular weight loss programs in the world, do an amazing job marketing what people hope to achieve with the tools of accountability and support.
Accountability as a tool for weight loss helps when there is a lack of motivation. Your total environment – from your friends to your pantry – affects your weight loss. When there is a group of people who hold you accountable, you’d be less likely to let them down and more likely to be buoyed by their success.
You get motivated and off the procrastination roller coaster. So, you’d be more likely to come to the table with success stories when your weight loss progress has to be publicly reported.
But, there is a catch:
Accountability most often doesn’t lead to long-term results. While accountability is all great and provides an effective short termed result, you might find out only when it is too late that it can’t provide the long-term result you so desire.
Why Accountability Leads to Short-Term Rather Than Long-Term Result
Accountability first comes with the great initial success, but most often, people gain the weight back, plus some. Accountability falls short because:
- Your relationship with food and yourself can’t be changed with accountability.
- The complex psychological hindrances can’t be healed with accountability.
- The dependency and addiction to some food substances can’t be healed with accountability.
The Bad Weight Loss Advice Every Diet Book Author Is Guilty of
Here, we are going to talk about something that is endemic to every single marketing claim for every single diet book that has ever been written. This is perhaps one of the most destructive weight loss advice out there.
They have all been guilty of this.
And here is why:
Every diet books that has ever been published have to go through the marketing department of the publisher. And, here are two magic words that everybody wants to hear ‘easy’ and ‘simple’.
So, these departments do an amazing job marketing what people hope to achieve in a simple and easy way.
Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on diet products – books, meal plans, and prepackaged food – all in the name of science. These products ‘sell health’ with similar messages – “Losing weight don’t have to be hard, just buy my book, follow this diet, or follow this process.”
It’s all a marketing game presenting their products as quick fixes. You hear “eat less,” “exercise more”…..they all make it so easy and simple.
There will be no sugar-coating here, losing weight is NOT easy. Food is central to many occasions – It’s your birthday? Have some cake! You got a raise? Drink and dinner to celebrate!
Now, the weight loss industry tells us over and over how easy weight loss is – just follow this diet, buy this equipment, take this pill, and everything will melt away.
Now, think about this:
With billions of dollars spent each year on weight loss services and products, why are 70% of Americans over the age of 20 still overweight?
Smart marketing has been paying off for years. The marketing ploy of using skinny celebrities to promote the latest fad diet will only set you up for failure and make you a sucker for the next celebrity fad diet.
Easy, quick gimmicks don’t deliver on their promises.
Simple just isn’t easy. A lot of people get simple and easy mixed up. That a task is simple doesn’t necessarily make it easy.
Take joining the Marines, for example, nobody tells you that boot camp or Special Forces training is going to be simple and easy. What they tell you is that it is going to be worthwhile.
Many things in life are just like this – so simple to understand, yet not so easy to follow. Life happens, which makes weight loss not easy. Learning how to eat clean and achieve weight loss is simple, but putting the plan into action and achieving the weight loss is not easy.
If the simple answer to weight loss is eating less, you might feel embarrassed, ashamed or even like a total failure for failing at such a simple task. A shot is taken at your ego and confidence for failing at something so ‘simple and easy.’
You are not a loser because you haven’t been able to lose weight or stay on a diet. You are a normal person who is dealing with a highly addictive substance, which is food. So, you don’t have to feel bad for yourself or guilty when you gain back a few pounds.
You have to be realistic if you want to lose weight. It requires changes, efforts, and a willingness to accept the difficult times that are to come. Things aren’t going to be easy.
Maybe you’ve tried almost every fad diet and turned to a new one when the first has run its course. The problem is not with the diet; rather, it is your relationship with the food – the poor habits you’ve built up.
How Your Relationship with Food Is Affecting Your Weight Loss
Your relationship with food is more of an interplay of emotions, memories, reward pathways formed in the brain and coping skills learned in childhood. Many people binge eat for far more reasons than for hunger.
You should look beyond food choices and calories and take a more serious look at your relationship with food.
With rethinking your relationship with food and making a conscious effort to address the psychological factors behind your constant weight gains, then your ability to achieve sustained weight loss by exercising and eating healthy will be possible.
You can’t diet your problem away.
Deal with the deeper issues that drive you towards weight gain. Perhaps, your addiction to sweet, greasy foods is because they are the buddy you dial compulsively when you feel unloved or just want to rant about your job or relationship.
Whatever it is, find out.
Being real about weight loss
To lose weight, to become healthy, to get the body that you feel good about being in, takes work. It requires a change of behavior. And, a change of behavior takes resolve, fortitude, resilience, dedication, and courage.
You have to discover what has psychologically conditioned you. Lifelong habits, strong emotions, and conditioning are huge obstacles you should work towards removing.
In rethinking your relationship with food, you should consider:
- What your emotions about food are
- What associations you have with food
- Is the food fuel for your body?
- What are your bigger purposes in life?
- What is your body telling you?
- Is the food going to nourish you? Benefit your body?
- Are you eating because you are stressed out, lonely or avoiding difficult feelings?
It isn’t easy. It takes courage and discipline to make the right choices.
We live in a world where instant gratification is right in our face. So much that the pleasure society offers us in the form of excess Saturday night drinking or delicious take away are difficult to say no to.
You need to re-learn how to have a healthy relationship with food. These foods are everywhere. You get to the mall and get the whole 360° of obesity in a glance, with highly calorific foods tweaked by chemical for ‘repeat appeal’ and ‘mouth feel.’
The smart thing to do now is to eat healthy, real food while making efforts to rethink your relationship with food, self, and body. That can’t be wrapped up in neat marketing with easy, simple, quick-fix solution.
You are up to the task; you can do it. But, you can’t do it with your head set on it is easy and simple.
You should start thinking that weight loss, metabolic count, and other related issues to a healthier diet is worth doing and worth taking a stand for. In the end, it will all be worth it.
- Geary, K; Weight Watchers Review: An Expert’s Reasons To Avoid Weight Watchers ; Rebooted Body.
- Harbolic, B; Diet Plans & Programs: The “Skinny” on Popular Diet Plans ; Medicine Net.
- Fetters, A; 4 Reasons It’s So Hard to Lose Weight – and How to Bust Through Them ; U.S. News; June 10, 2016.