If you want to put on weight, go on a calorie restricting diet. You will inevitably lose weight at first but by the time you’re done, you’ll have added an extra 5, 10, 15…pounds. Why is it that diets don’t work? If you’re carrying excess body weight, there’s a reason for it. Your body isn’t some stupid lug that doesn’t know what it’s doing. Your body is ALWAYS looking out for your best interest. The reason that diets don’t work is your body’s perception of stress. I’ll speak more about stress in a later post but the human body is programmed to respond to stress as a signal for: fight, flight, fright, freeze, or famine. In the case of dieting, in order to save you from eminent death, your body packs on weight. When you diet, your body can perceive your decreased caloric intake as starvation and say, “don’t worry buddy, I’ve got your back, I’ll pack a little extra away for later”.
Yo-yo dieting can also lead to highs and lows in blood sugar which can cause insulin and leptin hormone dis-regulation. Your goal should be to maintain a steady blood sugar level. This can be achieved by eating a healthy wholefoods diet, and by avoiding refined sugar and carbohydrates, and processed foods. More on what a ‘healthy’ diet looks like in posts to come!