No One Tells You This 7 Secret Reasons Why Diets Fail.

Did you know that 50 percent of all North American women are participating in some kind of diet at any given moment? Often, they try diet after diet, lured in by promises to lose weight quickly. A lot of times, that effort leads those dieters nowhere. Other times they’ll lose weight, only to see it come back just as quickly, leaving all of that hard work in vain.

The truth is that 90 percent of diets fail, and there are simple reasons why. The first is that most don’t address one simple fact: the body is hard-wired to store fat for energy, and there are many short-term and long-term control systems that regulate the intake of food, the amount of calories or energy burned, and the stores of carbohydrates, fats and protein.

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Involved in this process are neurons, brain-signaling molecules and hormones, such as insulin, glucagon and those released from the gastrointestinal tract. Research shows that with all of these complex body functions taking place, weight loss programs that can regulate the appetite, increase the metabolism, control blood-sugar levels and improve health are more successful in the long term.

But physiology isn’t everything: how someone feels while trying to lose weight is also extremely important to program adherence, although it is often overlooked. Losing weight and keeping it off are just as much about the behaviours, thoughts and patterns that promoted your original weight gain and possible ill health in the first place.

With those two simple truths in mind, there are seven design deficiencies adherent to most weight loss programs. They’re problems that U Weight Loss™ was designed specifically to address and overcome.

1. They’re Too Restrictive

Seventy-five percent of other weight loss programs are based on extremely restrictive diets, with a long list of foods you can’t eat. While you may start out ambitious, motivation wanes and the diet starts feeling too restrictive. This is one reason why people give up.

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The U Difference:
The U Weight Loss program, though, is based on balanced nutrition. The list of foods you’re able to eat is actually longer than the list you’re not able to eat, and our clients can enjoy four to five delicious meals per day – all tailored to their preferences. As a result, balanced eating leads to improved weight loss, satiety and appetite control.

2. They Don’t Consider Your Health

Many diet programs focus on losing weight without a consideration to health. Yet many health conditions have a weight component to them. For example, many individuals who have heart disease also need to lose weight. While weight loss is definitely beneficial for these people, other factors contributing to their heart disease require intervention as well.

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The U Difference:
At U Weight Loss, though, our primary goal is improving clients’ health and quality of life through weight reduction, education and nutritional supplementation. Many clients have multiple health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and Crohn’s disease. For others, unhealthy lifestyles and poor diet have depleted the body of the essential nutrients required for its proper functioning. This is one of the reasons why diets high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains are proven to be so effective at reducing specific markers of diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and inflammation. These diets provide vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients that improve the proper functioning of the cells in the body and benefit overall health.

3. They Don’t Encourage Exercise

Most weight loss programs emphasize calorie restriction without stressing the importance of physical activity. Sometimes, physical activity isn’t even discussed or it’s mentioned briefly with little focus on how the program will be implemented.

The U Difference:
For U Weight Loss, exercise is an important part of the program. Walking, for example, is an inexpensive and efficient activity, and clients are given a pedometer to track their steps when they join the program. They are given exercise guidelines and a progressive exercise program that incorporates cardiovascular training, strength training, mind-body exercise and flexibility. Clients can also create personalized exercise programs using an online program.

4. They Don’t Consider Behaviour

Most diet programs only address the number of calories you consume instead of addressing the behaviours contributing to overeating and weight gain in the first place. Poor lifestyle habits, inadequate access to healthy foods, social pressures, psychological and emotional eating, as well as lack of nutrition education, are all factors in being overweight.

The U Difference:
U Weight Loss is different because it has a coaching program that educates and encourages clients to change their behaviours and make healthy lifestyle choices for life-long weight management. Behaviour change is an extremely important part of losing weight and – more importantly – keeping it off.

5. They’re Based on Prepackaged Food and Portion Control

Some weight loss programs rely on prepackaged foods and portion control. This is effective for losing weight in the short term because clients eat less, but it doesn’t promote proper eating habits for life. After all, portion size is only one of many factors that may encourage the overconsumption of food; energy density (the amount of calories in a given weight of food) also has been shown to affect the amount of calories.

Energy density and portion size interact to affect food intake, satiety and appetite control. This means that at some point, reduced-portion sizes will lead to hunger and dissatisfaction, and the client may perceive the diet as restrictive and negative.

The U Difference:
The U Weight Loss nutrition plan is based on eating real food and delicious, balanced meals made from the high-quality ingredients found at your local grocery store. Real-food nutrition sets you up for eating a varied diet in the real world.

6. They Do Nothing to Motivate

Some weight loss programs provide recipes and meals, but they leave clients on their own to lose weight and work through waning motivation and compliance.

The U Difference:
U Weight Loss knows that accountability and support are paramount when losing weight, and receiving personalized motivation helps you keep up with your program. That’s why we provide support in the form of Certified Personal Health Coaches, who go through extensive training in order to understand the science behind weight loss. In addition, clients have access through their Health Coaches to licensed health professionals with expertise in obesity, the physiology of body-weight regulation and appetite, as well as weight loss and nutrition science. If needed, clients receive personalized support and program assistance throughout their U Weight Loss program.

7. The Weight Comes Back

This is the really big problem. Ninety percent of all diets fail because once they’re done people gain all of the weight back again – plus more. Quite often, it’s extremely difficult for people to keep weight off after they’ve lost it.

The U Difference:
U Weight Loss knows that if you want different results, you need to do something different. If your previous attempts at weight loss failed, then try a new approach. The reality is that without changing your behaviours and your lifestyle, you can’t keep the weight off for good. You can try to trick your body with fad diets and temporary solutions, but ultimately the quick fix won’t prove successful. Instead, patience, diligence and a mindset change are needed in order to win the battle of the bulge – and U Weight Loss offers a comprehensive, effective solution that incorporates all of those things.

Put simply, the U Weight Loss program emphasizes realistic weight loss, healthy real-food eating and increased physical activity. All of these things lead to healthy lifestyle changes that are easily maintained, helping to keep the weight off for good.

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