Why Diets Don't Work

12th January 2024

Why we think diets don't work

Traditional dieting isn't the best path to long-term good health.  Eating well in a way that's sustainable and enjoyable, while achieving health gain, is really the aim of a nutrition programme or approach.

First off, diets – you know, those plans promising quick fixes and strict rules and restrictions. They often end in frustration because they're not built for the long haul. They can make you lose weight fast, but much of that weight loss is from muscle, not just fat. And here's the kicker: when you lose muscle, your metabolism slows down, making it easier to regain weight when you go back to normal eating. That's the yo-yo dieting rollercoaster we want to avoid.

Instead, embrace a more balanced and mindful approach to eating well. Healthy eating isn’t rocket science, but we get confused by all the conflicting messages that we see from social media, fad diet advertising and also from our friends and whānau. Focus on feeding your body with wholesome foods like wholegrains, fruits, veggies, lean proteins (including plant based sources), and healthy fats. Those processed and sugary snacks? They're not your best friends, so cut back on them. Remember that sauces and condiments have heaps of sugar in them. Small changes, like cooking more at home and adding regular physical activity, go a long way for overall good health.

We can't ignore the importance of keeping your muscles happy and healthy. Losing muscle when dieting can mess with your metabolism. So, don't just think about what you eat; also, think about how you move. Exercise helps preserve and even build muscle, and it's good for your strength and overall well-being. A strength based training programme will hold you in good stead as you age.

We're all unique. What works for one person might not work for another. So, consider talking to a Registered Nutritionist. They can help you create a personalised plan that fits your goals, preferences, and any health concerns you might have. Or give FastTrack Kai ā Nuku a go, it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle, with flexibility, understanding that we are all starting our nutrition journey at a different place.

To sum it all up: forget those quick-fix diets. Instead, treat yourself kindly, make choices that work for you, and focus on long-term well-being. Eat good kai, we all know what the bad stuff is. That's the friendly and effective way to eat well, maintain muscle, and feel fantastic. So go ahead, savour your meals, move your body, and embrace a healthier, happier you!