As we tie up another year, it's nice to look back and reflect on the things that went well in 2014 and focus on areas of self-improvement in the New Year. High on most people's New Year's resolution list is weight-loss.
But popular weight-loss diets are beginning to be seen as a risk for weight gain. An analysis of 31 studies
on dieting found that dieting is a consistent predictor of weight gain, with up to two-thirds of dieters regaining more weight than they lost. (1) A prospective study in 17,000 children ages 9 – 14 years old found that dieting predicted binge-eating behavior and concluded that, "... in the long term, dieting to control weight is not only ineffective, it may actually promote weight gain." (2) Another study in teens found that dieters had twice the risk of becoming overweight compared to non-dieting teens. (3)
Most diets tend to be over-simplified - X calories in, X calories out. But 100 calories of almonds has a much different impact on your body than 100 calories of soda or the newest diet bar, drink or shake. Each person must be recognized as having a unique metabolism and different physical preference for food and exercise.
Weight-loss is more than physical as well. We now know that the way we eat foods (on a plate at a table vs. dashboard dining), the environment (yelling/chaos vs. quiet, pleasant conversation), speed and time of day in which we eat them have almost as much impact on our health & digestion than the food itself. We all understand the signficance of diet and exercise, in fact, over 85% of surveyed Americans say diet & nutrition and exercise & physical activity are "very important". So why don't we do anything about it?
The answer to that question is different for everybody. Each person has a unique set of barriers to change, information bias, traditions and cultural acceptance that must be considered before finding a lifestyle change that will support sustained weight loss. And that's where I come in!
Let me help you find a way to change your life this year, for good. We'll look back on failed attempts and look forward to goals that are right for you, your budget, your family, your lifestyle. We'll work on 'fitting in' healthy foods and physical activity wherever life may take you and when we get off track, what to do to get back on - free of guilt, failure or disgust.
If you need some help to JUMP START 2015, we at Pilgrims Market and Pilgrim's Wellness Clinic are hosting a 31 day real food challenge. Each day of January, we will introduce you and your family to new foods you may have never tried before, new ways to prepare the foods you already eat and why eating whole, real foods is the best 'diet' you can be on!
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1. Mann, T. Medicare's search for effective obesity treatments: Diets are not the answer. Am. Psychologist, 2007; 62(3): 220-233.
2. Field AE et al. Relation between dieting and weight change among preadolescents and adolescents. Pediatrics, 2003; 112: 900-906.
3.Nutrition and You: Trends 2011. http://www.eatright.org/Media/content.aspx?id=7639&terms=trends#.VKSAESfvl6g Accessed 12/31/14