I recently had the opportunity to sit at a round table discussion about health and nutrition.
As we sat and talked, one young man gave a very convincing talk about the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting.
As he talked I started to get captivated because his own personal story was great, but then he said something that shook me from my zone and I realized what I had known all along, diets don’t work.
As I was about to ask some important questions, my phone rang and there was an emergency on the other end that I could not ignore.
The opportunity to talk about what was really important was lost. As I chewed on the experience over the next several days I just couldn’t ignore the subject and so I decided to discuss it here.
In my health coach training we learned to digest the top 100 diets in 10 minutes and the ketogenic diet falls into this as well. All diets manipulate one or all of these 3 areas: timing, macro nutrients, and/or protein source. They all have the science, the research and the testimonies to prove why their diet is the best and why everyone should do it.
What no diet company has ever done is followed their clients long term to see how they did after the diet was done. Here’s the real statistic, 98% of the people who lose weight through dieting gain the weight back in 6 months. Chew on that for a moment. All the pain and suffering and restricting that someone does to lose the weight and it comes right back. That should be required to put on all diet advertising.
- Back to the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting for a moment. If you do the diet, yes, you will lose weight, cut fat and look great…for a moment or until you can’t take it any more and you say screw it and go on a binge. Then the cravings will set in and the weight will come back. There are also people who should never try this diet because of health concerns. If you have Crohn’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome or any type of skin disease, you should not try the ketogenic diet.
Ok, so now what? If I can’t or shouldn’t diet, what do I do chris? I’m so glad you asked. There are 3 types of eaters.
Type 1: healthy eaters, they eat when they are hungry, they stop when they are full and they generally eat healthy without binging on bad food.
Type 2: emotional eaters, they eat when they are bored, stressed, happy, sad, and anything in between.
Type 3: militant eaters, they are on a very strict regiment and eat to a plan, a guide or a schedule. If they go off track, they will punish themselves by restricting themselves or doing more workouts in the gym to counteract the effects of getting off track.
In my health coaching program, I teach my clients to develop healthy eating habits that last so they can lose the weight they desire and keep it off for good.
Should you diet? On my opinion, NO!!!