If you treat juicing like a diet do not expect long-term results. Diets don’t work and now a new study proves it.
A new study has mapped out two very different diets – low-fat and low-carb – over a two-year period.
Research published in The Lancet, shows an analysis of dozens of studies where the researchers tracked dieters’ body weight in one graph, and their energy intake in another.
No surprise, the figures showed barely any difference between the two diets, and an almost unanimous bounce back to the dieters’ original weight.
Think about it, how many people do you know who have been on a diet and lost weight, only to regain all of it (and often end up even heavier).
The researchers found that over time, dieters consume more and more energy until they reach a steady intake, much closer to when they started.
Drs Yoni Freedhoff, an obesity professor at Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute and Kevin D Hall, an official with the US National Institute of Health, offer an explanation of the new study: “Both the low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets resulted in rapid early weight loss that plateaued after about six months at a likely disappointing level.”
That disappointment, they observe, “was then followed by slow bodyweight regain”.
This isn’t the first research to show all diets are the same. In 2014, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analysed data from 48 separate trials and found that sticking to a diet was more important than the diet itself.
There in lies the problem. Sticking to “the diet”.
If you view juicing, or any other change in your nutrition, as a “diet”, you will no doubt give it some “rules”. From my experience (both personally and working with others) once these rules are broken all bets are off and it is back to old habits.
That is why diets don’t work.
Very few people who talk about juicing will call it a ‘diet’, yet many people start juicing with a diet mentality.
What do I mean by a diet mentality? I am talking about people who are juicing because they want to lose weight and want to do it as quickly as possible, yet are not looking to make juicing part of a permanent lifestyle change.
These are people who will possibly get highly frustrated, or even angry, when their weight loss slows down, plateaus or their weight goes back up. This is despite the fact they may be feeling more healthy.
They may find juicing a chore but make themselves stick to their diet plan. Perhaps, they may consider themselves a failure if they eat any solid food.
They are probably committed to a short term fix, rather than a long term solution.
When treating juicing as a diet, people will typically have a period of time living on juice only (often an extended period of 2 weeks or more) and then rapidly return to eat the way they did before. Why are they then often surprised when weight and related illnesses return?
I encourage you to embrace juicing as part of your lifestyle and NOT as a diet.
Personally I only started to achieve sustainable weight loss when I STOPPED dieting.
Whilst I am a fan of short term juice cleansing (I cleanse for around 5-7 days every 3-4 months), I am less supportive of long term juice cleanses, such as those for 28 days, 60 days or longer.
Don’t get me wrong. They can have a dramatic impact. But, the results are often unsustainable.
If you want to see lasting improvements in health then you need to focus on 3 things…
Attitude, Intake and Movement
The real answer to obesity and the rise of western disease is education and a change in beliefs and behaviour. If you don’t address your attitude (or mindset) then you have not dealt with the root cause of behaviours such as a sedentary lifestyles and emotional eating.
Your attitude to life will often dictate your intake and movement.
We are supposed to move our bodies and it is essential for our health. Most people think that in order to be fit you need to workout. You don’t.
Think about it – the term “workout” implies hard work but you can be fit and active without it feeling like some kind of punishment.
There are countless ways to be active, such as a country walk, playing sports, dancing or even digging the garden.
You Can’t Outrun Your Fork
In other words, you can’t out exercise poor nutrition. The answer when it comes to intake is real food and eating lots of plant based whole foods.
Remember, only when we eat as nature intended, will we be as nature intended.
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