June 29, 2021

When should you stop a diet?

When should you stop a diet?

Categories: Tips

During our losing weight effort, probably we have tried everything! Things we’ve discovered while searching on the internet, a diet plan we found in our favorite magazine, or maybe a diet a friend did, and finally managed to lose extra weight.

But our body often seems to disagree with this approach, ”shouting”  now and then with disagreement in various ways, dizziness, fatigue, sleepiness, irritation, stomach ache, as well as the strongest message of all: Hunger! We constantly want to eat something, pacing to and from the refrigerator, nothing feels enough and… well, we can restart our diet on Monday!

How can we learn to recognize diets that are not suitable for us, and just say “no”?

If we must eat the same food every day

If we have discovered a monotrophic (single-food) diet that essentially includes only a list of allowed foods and excludes many of the nutrients that we previously believed to be necessary and healthy, then we should reconsider. A properly structured weight loss program should include all food groups, in the correct amount and at the right combination.

If it makes us constantly dream about our favourite burger or dessert

If we find ourselves dreaming of various delicacies or wishing to dash to the nearest pastry shop, these are important signs telling us that we don’t get the necessary nutrients from our diet. If our diet plan is not designed according to the needs of our body, it may be lacking in carbohydrates, protein and good fats, increasing the feeling of craving and ultimately leading to endless nibbling.

If we are irritated!

The loudest message that our body sends us when we feel hungry is irritation! When we eat too little food during the day or we follow a diet low in carbohydrates without the help of a specialist, then we may end up going too far in temper. Low-carb diets may be effective in terms of weight loss, but they should always be supervised by a specialist so that the intake level is the right one. Carbohydrates are the main fuel of our body and the food of our brain, so even in the context of a low-carb diet we need them daily.

If the scale seems “stuck”

In the beginning we lose weight fast and easily, but now the scale suddenly seems to be “stuck”. Not only are we no longer losing weight, but we feel so hungry, ready to give up, since nothing seems to work.

The bigger mistake when we want to lose weight is to follow an excessively restrictive diet. When our body is undernourished and its need in energy and required nutrients is not covered, it enters in a “state of emergency”. So, we lose muscle mass and water instead of fat. Our basal metabolic rate decreases and not only we don’t reach our target, but further more, we end up gaining even more weight than we initially lost.

If it leads us to the refrigerator late at night!

We faithfully follow our diet plan, but we wake up or can’t sleep at night because we are hungry. We keep opening and closing the refrigerator door until we finally overcome our hesitation and start nibbling. Before we begin to feel guilty and blame ourselves for not being able to maintain our motivation, we must think that, maybe, it is the diet we follow that does not suit our needs. The feeling of emptiness, the endless cravings and nibbling are messages from our body that something is missing. We should keep a diet diary and note how often – and when – we get these feelings and the next thing we should do is to consult a specialist who can give us the right diet plan.

If we have to adjust our lives around dieting

There is a fine line between the diet aiming to weight loss and the obsession developed around it. If we have to change our schedule for the entire day and adapt our work, relax time and social obligations according to our diet, we are probably not following the right plan.

For losing weight and maintaining this loss for long time, we need to get nutritional training from a specialist, and a tailor made diet adapted to our needs.

Undoubtedly we must reconsider and eliminate any unhealthy habits that lead us to gain weight, but it is our diet that must adapt to our daily life, not the opposite!