What’s wrong with Dieting to lose fat?

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The word “diet” denotes a restrictive period of eating that is segmented with a beginning and end.  Any weight loss attained during that period may or may not be sustainable.  Instead, David from Total Health and Fitness reminds us of the importance of wellness or lifestyle changes over dieting, reviewing three common diets, their benefits, and their pitfalls.

The Whole30 Diet

The Whole30 diet advocates that participants engage in eating whole foods, those that are unrefined and unprocessed, and eliminate real and artificial sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy for 30 days.  While it is generally agreed that the approach represents a good emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables, some moderate oils and lean proteins, it often proves far too restrictive for long term success.

Keto or High Fat Diet

This popular diet was developed for epilepsy, or more precisely Childhood epilepsy.  It’s characterized by very high fat content, typically including things like MTC oils; adequate proteins; and low carbohydrates.  The intent being that it forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates, using ketones for energy rather than glucose.

Weight Watchers

Rather than emphasize restrictions of certain foods, Weight watchers provides a framework for users to measure what they eat using things like points to limit caloric intake.  One of the problems associated with this method is that it has the potential for users to not balance out their macro-nutrition between Carbs, Protein, and Fats to offset blood sugar spike, which can combat fat loss.

Ultimately, all of these diets share one problem in common: they tend to become too restrictive to effectively maintain over a long period of time.

So what works?

The American Journal of Nutrition did a study on people who successfully maintained weight loss.  What was the consensus?  The study found six key strategies for long term success with Fat Loss:

  1. Engaging in high levels of physical activity.
  2. Eating a diet that is low in calories and fat.
  3. Eating breakfast
  4. Self-monitoring weight on a regular basis.
  5. Maintaining a consistent eating pattern
  6. Catching “slips” before they turn into larger regains.

It’s the same approach that Total Health and Fitness advocates, emphasizing wellness over dieting through nutrition, training, and accountability, most importantly, however, they advocate sustainability.  

Veteran Total Health and Fitness plan user McCall lost 50 lbs and over 12% body fat and 23 inches.

If you are wondering if you are on the right diet plan for you, come in for a free consultation. Find more information online at totalhealthandfitness.com

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