#WellnessWednesday: Why 98% of Diets Fail

Why 98% of Diets Fail
by Dr. Christina Tarantola, PharmD, CHC of TheFitPharmacist
co-owner of The Diet Doc Pittsburgh North

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Imagine this: you are on your way to work and pass a coffee shop. You smell the freshly baked bread, and can almost taste the rich aroma of a hot cappuccino. As you become mesmerized by the intoxicating draft of decadent pastries you realize: I’m supposed to be on a diet! Has this ever happened to you? Me too!

Four years ago I was a sucker for sweets, a pushover for pies. Pick your alliteration for the emotional draw I had to self-indulgent food and the simultaneous restrictive thought process about dieting. Webster would have labeled me as an “emotional eater”. So many of us walk the delicate balance of dodging that dessert or giving into the garlic bread to fit into our skinny jeans. We torture ourselves counting calories, trying skinny wraps, sacrificing the food we love just to feel we have succeeded! When will enough be enough?

I implore you to ask yourself: Is there another way to go about this “dieting” thing? Do we really have to give up the food we love? Are we doomed to cave to the latest dieting trends of veganism, gluten-free living and eating clean?

Read on. Perhaps there is a way to be flexible while also keeping structure….

This week we’d like to highlight:
1. Why 98% of diets fail and how to be successful in your journey
2. The optimal way to lose weight permanently and
3. How to know which diet is right for YOU!

According to the 2014 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control:

37.9% of American adults age 20 years and over are obese
70.7% of Americans age 20 and over are overweight

That means that 3/4 of Americans are overweight! Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.

There is so much information on the internet about diets (much of it can be confusing or misleading). We strive to focus on the solution and deliver unbiased science-based information about

Why do 98% of diets fail?
1. Many diets are restrictive and cut out certain food groups. For example, the low carb diet or Atkins diet restricts carbohydrates. This is not pleasant OR sustainable.

2. Most diets force a person to rely on the pill, supplement, shake or product for a certain amount of time. Why is the failure rate so high for dieters? Why do people regain the weight? Putting a band-aid over a problem will help it temporarily, but it won’t solve the problem. Once that weight loss aid is removed, the weight slowly creeps back. Meal delivery systems gives you meals, but what happens when your subscription is over, or when you go out to a party or out to eat with friends? The list goes on and on.

3. Minimal or no focus on the mindset component. We are all going to have our stressful moments or times when we have little Johnny’s birthday party. How will you plan for those events? Having awareness and anticipating possible barriers or challenges can help you work through them.

What is the optimal way to lose weight?
Imagine someone asked you to build a shed. You’d need a hammer, nails and all of the other tools that my dad would know… 🙂 The point is-you need TOOLS, or knowledge, to be able to complete that project. The same goes for weight loss.

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. -Proverb

There is no short cut. There are no magic pills ( We must make the process FUN and learn the principles to be able to translate it into long-term, PERMANENT, weight loss. This is where we come in! Our unique approach allows you to have structured flexibility, maintaining your set macronutrients while still allowing flexibility.

How do you know which “diet” is for you?
The problem with the word “diet” is that it is a temporary fix. We are The Diet Doc because we “doctor” the diet trap, providing the science-based recommendations and support which leads to sustainability. We are here to help you create a lifestyle change. And while you will look great in those skinny jeans (I know you will!), you will also feel more confident, energetic and happy that you made the choice to take care of your body.

For more information on our unique and science-based approach, flexible dieting, visit our website www.thefitpharmacist.com or email us to schedule your free 15 minute nutrition consultation! Email nutriglorx@gmail.com.

Resource: American College of Cardiology, news release, March 27, 2014

*Stay tuned for next week’s article on #WellnessWednesday by @thefitpharmacist where we will focus on simple eating options for nurses at work: What Are the Best Nurse-Friendly Snacks at Work?

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