Diets usually don’t work. “Going on a diet means someday you’re going to go off a diet. You can’t be on a diet your whole life.”
This quote is from a man billed as the “world’s greatest dieter” by the Guinness Book of World Records, for losing the most weight in the least time. He went from 1,100 pounds to 198 pounds, but then regained all of his weight. So, he may also hold the unofficial world record for regaining the most weight in the least time. He’s a prime example of how fast weight-loss from restrictive diets nearly always leads to long-term failure.
“Diet” and “dieting” are usually associated with bouts of suffering, sacrifice, and deprivation. And they usually result in mere temporary change.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), restrictive diets and fad diets have a 95% failure rate. They fail because the dieters can’t wait to get back to their comfort zone — the lifestyle and habits that got them heavy in the first place.
New diet concepts or books are commonly based on supposedly “new and revolutionary principles” that try to present quick and easy paths to weight-loss. But these “revolutionary principles” don’t work long-term in at least 95% of the cases.
Successful weight-loss plans that keep the weight off must be based on behavior that you’re already comfortable with. Many dieters have said, “The best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on.” This makes sense, and is the principle behind the guidance in this book.
How many times have you seen someone embark on a diet only to end up frustrated and heavier over the long-term? Has this ever happened to you?
Our bodies and minds naturally repel deprivation diets. And our everyday lives make those diets impractical to follow. No wonder the great majority of diets end up in failure. Brad’s deprivation diets failed every time.
If you can’t see yourself exercising and eating in the new way for the rest of your life, don’t bother starting, because you’ll most likely fail.
There are no quick fixes for long-term weight-loss. Your changes must be small, gradual, enjoyable, and sustainable if they are to be permanent.
Restrictive or fad diets usually dictate that you strictly follow their rules and ways of eating. But people usually don’t like being told what they can or can’t eat.
WEIGHT-LOSS SALVATION teaches you how to modify your eating habits so that — within reason — you can continue to eat what you want. If a diet’s rules take you too far from your normal routine, you’ll sooner or later fail to follow it.
When you call the shots, and without the thought of having to experience the misery and frustration of a diet, you’ll have a terrific chance of succeeding at weight-loss.
The words “diet” and “dieting” are usually reminders of memories of deprivation and failure.
You will, however, see the words “diet,” “dieting” and “dieter” in this book because they are so commonly used. But be aware of their limitations, and have the positive, upbeat attitude that you’re not on a diet, but that you have adopted a fresh outlook on life, nutrition, and health.