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Registered Dietitian · DT033649

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The Truth behind diets: What really works?

Friday, May 03, 2024

First, it's important to understand that rapid weight loss through extremely restrictive diets is not sustainable in the long term. When we talk about weight loss, we're talking about a process that involves a gradual change in eating habits and something that you can maintain over in the long term.

The truth is, there are no quick solutions or shortcuts when it comes to losing weight healthily. Think about it, have you ever seen someone who has lost weight miraculously in a sustainable way? Through a tea, a "slimming" belt, fiber pills, etc.? Nothing happens overnight, not weight loss nor weight gain. You might lose weight through surgical procedures, but maintaining the results is essential to changing your diet style.

Diets that promise miraculous results usually severely restrict calories or eliminate entire food groups, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. More than that, they don't teach healthy eating habits, which means that many people end up regaining the weight they lost as soon as they stop following the diet.

So, what really works? The answer is not as glamorous as the promises of miracle diets, but it is based on scientific evidence. Long-term success in weight loss comes through balanced and individualized nutrition in your routine. This doesn't mean that you have to deprive yourself of all the foods you love, but rather learn to make healthier choices consistently.

Adopting short-term nutritional strategies can be a useful part of the weight loss process, provided that, after this phase, the diet is adapted to avoid the risk of the rebound effect. The focus should always be on making nutrition more nourishing rather than simply restrictive. Including a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats is essential, as it not only helps maintain satiety but also nourishes the body properly and healthily.

We cannot forget the emotional aspect. Often, people fail at diets because they are mentally exhausting and socially isolating. Working with a professional to address issues like the emotional relationship with food can be important in some cases.

To conclude: the best diet is the one that you can follow without difficulty and that adapts to your lifestyle.

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Vanessa Schmitz
Vanessa Schmitz
Registered Dietitian · DT033649
Cultivate success through daily discipline.