For a number of reasons:
1. Diet plans are too complicated. Some require a precise formula of carbohydrates, protein or fat grams and then breaking those down into caloric intakes. Very few people can calculate in their head to figure out fat and sugar gram percentages. And every food breaks down into a combination of carbohydrate, protein or fat – so how can one even determine that realistically?
2. Some require weighing and measuring. Who wants to weigh and measure every single item they place in their mouth forever? However, I do recommend this for a short period of time to educate ourselves on how large something is.
3. Some expect the same results as the celebrity spokesmodel. Those celebrities have had an entourage of help. They live in large homes with the latest exercise equipment and have access to personal chefs and a masseuse. They are offered professional counselors to whom they are accountable. And don’t forget the loss of big bucks if they don’t produce results! That’s an incentive!
4. A plan doesn’t fit into every day life. Does your profession require a lot of travel? If so, it’s unrealistic to consider being on boxed meal plans. How would the meals survive a flight? And if you drove, it would require a cooler with dry ice and a hotel room with a kitchen. And think of all those wonderfully tempting local restaurants on your drive through town? The first time you ate at a restaurant, it would off-set any weight loss progress, you’d probably get discouraged and give up. Does your job require that you meet with clients, have unscheduled business meetings, or have an unstructured work environment? Once again this type of plan wouldn’t easily work for you.
5. Some find the plan too restrictive. (Thou shalt NOT have chocolate!) Do you want to give up chocolate forever? I don’t. Nor do I want to give up a sirloin steak or BBQ ribs occasionally. A good day-to-day diet is a well-rounded one that includes balanced meals of all three nutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fats.
6. If it’s unbalanced nutritionally you’ll always fight cravings but think it’s simply a lack of willpower. Your brain’s hypothalamus controls your appetite and it’s like a miniature mother telling you that you’re low on a specific nutrient. It’ll nag you until you give in and restore balanced body chemistry.
7. Sometimes life gets in the way and a diet plan doesn’t take into consideration real life routines. What about a party? A Wedding? A Class Reunion? A neighbor’s last-minute BBQ? A church potluck? Find a dietitian or nutritional counselor who will incorporate common-sense lifestyle practices into your daily routine.
Conclusion: Dieters get into trouble when they are swayed by unrealistic or false promises, just as Adam and Eve did at the beginning of time.
- A ‘diet’ is simply what one eats on a daily basis.
- Striving to place only nutrient-dense,wholesome foods into our bodies and building muscle which burns fat, is the key!
- Health requires education, dedication, accountability and self-discipline.
- Understand as much as you can regarding physiology and psychology – recognizing that God created a complicated machine.
- Strive for mental, physical, spiritual health, not simply weight loss, and include God as your Balance!
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.‘’ Psalm 139:14