Most of the people who are trying to lose weight follow the “eat less and lose weight” strategy. However, most of them struggle to follow and fail midway to getting the desired results. Most of the time, the blame is on lack of willpower or maybe a penchant for fatty and sugary diets. As you can’t resist your urges for fat-laden food, weight often pile back. Eating too much of the wrong foods can turn back the wheel of weight loss.
According to researchers the reason that so many of the people fail to accomplish their set goals is because they have unrealistic expectations. And, the researchers are blaming it on the dieticians and experts who give flawed advices.
How much and how fast?
According to experts, if a person cut around 500 calories from his/her daily diet or burn calories exercising, expected results can be obtained. He/she will lose around 1lb (0.5kg) every week. The British Dietetic Association, the American Dietetics Association, and the NHS have also confirmed that losing weight at a rate of around 1lb per week is “about right”. If you diligently follow this diet routine, at the end of a year, you will shed about 52lb or around 26kg. However, the researchers at the National Institutes of Health dismissed the claims saying that losing weight at this rate is an overestimation as the calculation is flawed. Most of the people who start dieting have the idea that they will start to see results fast.
According to the National Institutes of Health, it should take much longer to lose that much weight. According to the NIH, it should take around three years to lose the amount of weight that experts have predicted. A year of dieting like that will only result in losing half of the stated amount of weight. According to Dr. Kevin Hall of NIH and his colleagues, this fact explains well why so many diets are failing – many of the people give up because of setting unrealistic goals in the first place. Unrealistic goals cannot be achieved.
According to further studies by the researchers most of the dieters show peak results at six months and then their pounds start to creep back and they start to lose their diet aim.
There are many incorrect attributes to this one being that the body gets used to less food and thus, slows down the metabolism. It gives the dieter a feeling that his/her diet is not working and he/she gives up altogether. Alternatively, another thing happens. The person who sees result faster tends to relax and takes in too many diet ‘cheats’. There is a phase when the weight drops even though the person is not following the diet plan strictly. The dieter relaxes that he/she doesn’t have to be rigid in dieting anymore and thus, the weight starts to creep back. According to Dr. Kevin Hall, “The slow timescale for weight change is responsible for the gradual weight regain over many years despite the fact that the original lifestyle was resumed within the first year. Studies show that somewhere between 50% and 80% of dieters will put weight back on.”