The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You
It’s a sad fact of life- for many of us, losing weight has become a multi-billion dollar industry. We stock our homes with the newest diet books, buy all the latest diet pills and subscribe to the latest fad diets, hoping to shed some extra pounds. Unfortunately, the majority of us tend to forget an ugly truth about dieting- diets make us fat.
Why is this? Well, the idea behind most diets is to restrict the amount of food you eat in order to shed pounds. This may seem like a great idea, but the human body is much smarter than we give it credit for. On a physiological level, cutting back on calories is a signal that you are not getting enough energy. Your body responds to this by slowing down your metabolism- the process that burns calories- in order to conserve energy. This means that the fewer calories you consume, the more slowly your metabolism works, which puts the brakes on any long-term weight-loss you are trying to achieve.
Dieting also often results in fatigue, which can lead to weakened willpower, temptation with unhealthy foods, and excessive snacking. Just think about it- if you’re exhausted after a day of trying to stick to your diet, you’re much more likely to grab a quick, calorie-filled snack in the evening rather than stick to your diet plan.
To be successful, diets must be part of a broader pattern of lifestyle changes. User smarter choices when it comes to food and exercise in order to make sure your diet is sustainable in the long run. Remember, it’s not about being perfect- it’s about creating healthier habits that you can maintain in the long run. A healthy diet doesn’t mean that you must be thin, or suppress all of your cravings- it means creating a balance that works for you and your body.
At the end of the day, it’s important to realize that diets make us fat for multiple reasons- they disrupt our metabolism, cause fatigue, and are not sustainable in the long run. For lasting weight loss, focus on developing healthy habits rather than calorie-restricting fad diets.