Research has shown us that simply the process of dieting can make us fatter. Year after year a tremendous number of people attempt to diet. However, long-term studies of of those who diet consistently find they are more likely to end up gaining weight in the next few years than people who don’t diet.
Restrictive diets can lead to cravings, binge-eating, depression, and other eating disorders. The body has a range of weights referred to as a set-point at which it prefers to maintain in terms of body weight. When this set point is challenged by chronic dieting, you trigger the body’s natural hormonal and nervous systems mechanisms to protect your body from perceived starvation. One of these is to lower your metabolic rate and thus conserve energy so you burn fewer calories. The following article offers some sensible tips to avoid strict dieting and still be able to manage your weight loss or maintenance.