What happens when you go on a diet?

When you go on a diet, i.e. a calorie-restricted diet or a low-carb or low-fat diet, you will inevitably:

  • Lose muscle tissue and water stored in the muscles – muscle burns 70 times more calories than fat so when you lose weight, you lose muscle and fat – when you put the weight back on, it is just fat and this burns 70 times fewer calories than muscle so you need fewer calories to maintain the same weight
  • Store body fat – because your brain thinks you are starving
  • Lower your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) – because you don’t need as many calories to survive
  • Create irregular hormonal responses that drive our feeding behaviour
  • When you return to normal eating, you will gain more weight

You can still lose weight but do it the healthy way:

  • Reduce or control your portion sizes
  • Cut out processed foods
  • Avoid added sugar
  • Avoid dairy, wheat and gluten – try it for 5 weeks to give your body a chance to eliminate these possible allergen foods
  • Cut out or cut down on your alcohol
  • Chew your food thoroughly and take time with your meals – don’t rush your food. You may find you will feel fuller more quickly
  • Eat wholesome, organic (if possible) one-ingredient foods and make your recipes rather than relying on supermarket recipes