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Don’t make this diet mistake this new year!

In today’s society, it seems like everyone is on a diet. From fad diets to celebrity-endorsed meal plans, there is no shortage of options when it comes to losing weight or improving health through dietary changes. However, many of these diets are highly restrictive, cutting out entire food groups or severely limiting calorie intake. While these diets may show short-term results, they often fail in the long run. Here are some reasons why restrictive diets don’t work.

1. They’re Hard to Follow

Restrictive diets can be difficult to stick to, especially over a long period of time. Cutting out entire food groups or severely limiting calories can leave you feeling hungry and deprived, which can lead to binge eating or giving up on the diet altogether.

2. They’re Not Sustainable

Because restrictive diets are difficult to stick to, they are often not sustainable in the long run. Once you reach your weight loss goal or give up on the diet, it’s easy to slip back into old habits and regain the weight you lost.

3. They Can Be Unhealthy

Many restrictive diets cut out important nutrients that your body needs to function properly. For example, low-carb diets can lead to a lack of fiber, which can cause constipation and other digestive issues. Additionally, cutting out entire food groups can make it difficult to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.

4. They Don’t Address Emotional Eating

Restrictive diets focus solely on what you eat, rather than addressing the emotional reasons behind why you eat. Many people turn to food as a way to cope with stress or other emotional issues, and unless these underlying issues are addressed, it’s unlikely that a restrictive diet will lead to long-term weight loss.

While restrictive diets may seem like a quick fix for weight loss, they often fail in the long run. Instead, focus on making sustainable changes to your diet and addressing any emotional issues that may be contributing to unhealthy eating habits. By taking a holistic approach to your health, you’ll be more likely to achieve long-term success.

This year I am opening up group coaching to accommodate MORE members to help you reach your nutrition goals with my help and support from the community. 

Check out our nutrition page to learn how you can join. 

-Brit Bailey, MSNHP, RDN, LDN