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Banting Diet Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, Mental Fatigue

Banting Diet weight loss strategies, why diets fail, mental fatigue is a big problem. When the creators of diet plans start planning they try to take as many problems as they can and have a rule for each. This ends up in a complicated, energy sapping diet. They can then write a book and charge a lot. The more complicated the diet, the bigger the book, and the more expensive it is. Support for the diet can also be charged for.

Every change we make in our life causes stress and requires energy to implement.Weight loss strategies, why diets fail, mental fatigue

When the foods are restricted to groups and require thought and debate as to whether they are allowed increases this energy wastage. It can get so bad that the energy required to maintain the diet prevents you from carrying out other essential tasks, or it can lead to you abandoning the diet altogether saying it is too difficult.

Over thinking food choices make the dieting process more unpleasant and complicated than it should be resulting in more drop outs.

Another problem is when you eat outside of the restricted foods, thoughts such as, ‘why did I eat that’, ‘what can I eat to compensate’ etc increases your stress levels. These result in the “What the hell effect” as well as “Ironic Processing“.

Research in 2010 showed women who had a restricted diet had increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol increases your weight gain.

With our Banting Lifestyle we have ways to counter these issues. Banting Lifestyle tries to make life as simple and as easy as possible without too many rules and list of foods colour coded. Is this in the green list is never a question or a stress that we encounter.

Banting Diet Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, Ironic Processing

Weight loss strategies, why diets fail, ironic processing is an interesting topic and one that if not taken into consideration will result in failure!

Most diets expect you to give up your favourite food as it is often some type of ‘forbidden food treat’. The problem is when you exclude something from your life you will begin to ‘obsess’ over the item. It is inevitable. It is a guarantee, so much so that there is a psychological name for the condition of food pre-occupation, Ironic Processing.Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, Ironic Processing, scared woman

We have an ideal diet that we think we should follow. We decide we will do it right this time. We will be good and not eat our favourite chocolate and any thing else that is considered wrong. We will be strong and we will not fail.

Have you done that before?

We only shoot ourselves in the foot each time we do that.

A study had two groups, one that restricted their treats and recorded what they ate and another group who simply recorded what they ate.

The restricted group reported cravings for the treats and ate more of them than the control group.

The evidence points to the more restrictions you put on yourself the more difficult it is for you to cope with the restrictions.

In our Banting Lifestyle eBook we take this into consideration and have strategies in place to prevent it from becoming a problem. We have to acknowledge our human frailties and weaknesses. In order to succeed we have to work within certain frameworks. Instead of fighting our desires we should use them to our advantage.  The Banting Lifestyle eBook was written with these goals in mind

Banting Diet Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, The What The Hell Effect

In this article about weight loss strategies, why diets fail, the what the hell effect, is interesting human psychology. If we believe we have broken our diet we tend to go over board.

Research constantly shows that diets cause weight gain. One of the reasons for this is the restriction of food type intake, eg no carbohydrates. This leads to temptation which we can all resist in the beginning but we eventually succumb to the pressure from others and from our own desires.

Once we give in the ‘what the hell‘ effect comes into play. We feel that since we have cheated and broken our diet, what the hell we might as well give in completely.Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, The What The Hell Effect pizza-slice

Research carried out in Toronto University showed that students who believed they had cheated on their diet are more likely to pig out on cookies.

The experiment went as follows.

Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, The What The Hell Effect cookie tastingThe female students, some on diet others not, where given a slice of pizza. Each piece was the same size. Some women saw another person with a much smaller slice than theirs. All the students were asked to taste test cookies afterwards. The students not dieting and those that didn’t see the person with the smaller slice ate a small number of cookies, enough to taste. But the others who saw the smaller slice ate more cookies than everyone else. They believed that they had broken their diet so ‘what the hell’ and they pigged out.

So the moral is do not be too strict on yourself that you will feel guilty if you break your diet. If you do break your diet, just accept it and carry on.

Banting Diet Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail

This article on weight loss strategies, why diets fail we will investigate a number of reasons for diets to fail. In order to be successful we need to know the mistakes and problems other who have travelled this road experience. We can use their mistakes to make sure we don’t make the same. Once we know others mistakes we can create ideas and strategies that take them into consideration and avoid them.

This article will deal with three of the most relevant.

The What the hell effect
Most studies have shown that dieting leads to weight gain! Frontiers of Psychology investigators reported 15 out of 20 studies showed weight gain through dieting.Weight loss strategies, why diets fail, what the hell effect

That is staggering. The problem is that the dieter is committed to the diet but once they fall off the wagon they think, “what the hell” and binge. They then undo all their hard work.

This in a fairly big topic so I have a full article on it here (Banting Diet Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, The What The Hell Effect)

Ironic processing
Many diets eliminate certain foods, such as in Noakes’, Real Meal Revolution, and his lists. These then become the foods you crave the most. Dieting in this way will always result in food preoccupation. It even has a name in psychology, Ironic processing. Look at this page for greater detail and solutions to this problem. (Banting Diet Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, Ironic Processing)

Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, Mental FatigueMental fatigue
Worrying about what you eat and what you are allowed to eat, from which list and how much, weighing your food etc distracts the dieter. They get racked by guilt and thoughts of “Why did I eat that”, “what can I eat to make up for that” etc. Over thinking food choices has a serious knock on affect on the rest of your life, until you get to the point of, “I can’t do this any more” and you give up. There are a number of studies demonstrating this effect, one interesting one on chocolate, on this page. (Banting Diet Weight Loss Strategies, Why Diets Fail, Mental Fatigue)

In my eBook I do as much as possible to ensure we do not fall into any of these traps and pitfalls.

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