When it comes to effective but healthy weight loss solutions, it can be difficult to find the difference between hearsay and fact. With so many fads, trends, and random dietary tips available to people, misinformation can quickly become interpreted as truth. What does that mean for the average person’s weight loss goals?
Well, quite frankly, it means everything.
In a post-pandemic world, understanding how the body actually works in terms of dieting and weight loss is more important than ever. In our ultimate guide to reverse dieting, we’ll be looking into the history of this science-based, data-driven approach to weight loss. We’ll also address the underlying issues behind various diet fads, and why they’re actually counterproductive to how the human body works.
But before we can delve deeper into how to start reverse dieting through long-term planning, let’s look at some of the more common issues associated with fad diets, and discover why they do more harm than good.
Short-Term Diets Bring Short-Term Results
We all know someone who swears by a new trendy diet and brags about how much weight they’ve lost in a short amount of time. But how many of us can say that the same person is still praising that diet six months later?
Generally speaking, you can summarize pretty much every fad diet like this: Eat less + moving more = weight loss. For short-term goals in weight loss, that may sound pretty good, right? You may even notice some results.
But what happens when that short-term goal for losing weight has no endgame? What solution do these fad diets offer for those who want to maintain this weight loss for the rest of their lives?
Therein lies the problem.
The Fallacy of the Fad Diet
Losing weight is one thing. Actively keeping that weight off forever is another thing entirely. It’s in this gap between short-term weight loss and long-term effects that we begin to understand the lack of clarity and effectiveness that these fad diets provide.
The human body is an absolute marvel of engineering. Respecting and understanding the ability your body has to adapt to your dietary intake is one of the most important steps in setting yourself up for success.
Why The Majority of Diets Fail
There are several reasons why dieting fails people each and every time. The main one that most aren’t willing to admit? Food is delicious, a social activity, and can be the fabric of societies. And diets that deprive your body of food are hard to stick to.
In the United States alone, a recent survey painted a rather bleak picture of how we approach dieting.
During the pandemic, 71% of Americans gained considerable weight
63% of them admitted to struggling with long-term weight loss management
A whopping 116 million Americans have described the feelings they experience when dieting and losing weight as just as bad as being obese in the first place
It’s important to understand that these figures offer an insight into how people perceive the process of losing weight. After all, who wants to feel that miserable? Especially when the statistics point to them gaining all of that weight again once it’s lost.
But in the interest of fairness, let’s focus on that small percentage of people who have the determination and willpower to overcome that hump and stick to their restrictive diets. What then?
Have you ever asked yourself why even the people who put in all of that hard work to lose weight never manage to keep it off permanently? The answer lies in a severe misunderstanding of how the body and metabolism work.
Fighting Against Your Natural Programming
The fitness industry has taught people that eating way less and moving more is the key to weight loss. But isn’t this counterintuitive to how the human body naturally functions alongside diet and nutrition?
Preparing the body for effective weight loss by building the metabolism and getting it running at its most optimal capacity is one of the most important starting points of any reverse dieting plan.
Why? Because with reverse dieting, results are measured long-term, with continual weight-loss planning that understands how our bodies naturally work. It takes how your body works into account, instead of pushing back against its natural programming.
But what is reverse dieting, and what can it offer those willing to put in the effort?
What Is Reverse Dieting?
Reverse dieting is the practice of building up your metabolism to run better and burn fat more effectively. By preparing your body for changes in diet, you’re working with it to achieve your desired goals, instead of constantly working against it through depriving yourself of calories and food intake.
Through strategic increases in your daily food consumption, reverse dieting results in a more finely tuned metabolism. As stated earlier, eating in a large calorie deficit, or a calorie deficit for long periods of time only makes your metabolism decrease. Once you start eating normally again, you can gain fat from eating the same simple foods due to this slower metabolic rate.
With a reverse dieting plan in place, the body is able to increase its metabolism while maintaining the same weight. As your metabolism is no longer slowed down and sluggish, cutting calories and eating in severe deficits are not needed.
In other words, you can eat like a normal human being and remain lean. However, in order to get to that place, your body needs to be nutritionally programmed, which takes some time.
Who Is Reverse Dieting For?
Reverse dieting is for anyone and everyone. But generally speaking, the following types of peopl