Why Deprivation and Fad Diets Don’t Work

Why Deprivation and Fad Diets Don’t Work

By Todd Cadwell, DC

If you’re like the hundreds and hundreds of people who have come through my doors over the years looking to lose weight, I am willing to bet a few things: 

  • You’ve tried other diets in the past.

  • You make an effort to eat well.

  • You exercise.

  • You still can’t lose weight and keep it off. 

On the surface, it looks like you’re doing all the right things. So where are the results you were promised?

Well I want to let you in on a little secret … The reason you’re not losing weight isn’t that you’re not trying hard enough. It’s that the diet plans that are roping people in with their convincing (and often doctored) before-and-afters aren’t designed to work. They’re designed to keep you frustrated and spinning your wheels so that you’re dependent on them for life.  

The truth is that most diet plans are fundamentally flawed in these five key ways.

  1. They’re One-Size-Fits-All

The primary problem with fad diets is that they’re one-size-fits-all. No matter who you are, what your health status, what your history, body type, etc., you’re going to get the exact same plan handed to you as the person next to you. 

Most “diet gurus” don’t even know what questions to ask to find out what your specific needs are. They don’t know the tests to order or the analyses to run. They just give you the same guidelines they give everyone, and when it doesn’t work they shame you for not trying hard enough. 

I see this all the time not only with weight loss, but also with chronic diseases. For example, if five people with type 2 diabetes walk into the same medical office, each one will walk out with the exact same drugs—probably metformin, glyburide, a statin, and a blood pressure drug. 

ut the fact is, those five diabetics are unique. They’re going to have subtle differences that if not addressed, will ultimately stand in their way of getting good results. 

I think of dieting and sickness management in the same way. Fad diets are not giving you what you truly need as an individual. That’s why I developed the Body N Balance—to embrace the beauty and power of personalization, of addressing each individual in the exact way that they need help.

  1. They Peddle Their Own (Junky) Food

You know those programs that make it “easy” to lose weight by providing pre-packaged meals and snacks? Well they’re really sabotaging your weight loss in two ways. 

First, those foods are usually junk. They’re processed, they lack nutrients, and they’re filled with garbage like artificial sweeteners that don’t have calories but have plenty of other nasty chemicals that stress your body. 

Second, they make it so you don’t know how to eat well without their meals. That’s not realistic, and it doesn’t help you lose weight in the real world. Do you want to be beholden to some diet conglomerate for the rest of your life? Or would you rather learn to eat the right wholesome foods to nourish your body?

  1. They’re Too Focused on the Scale

Have you been involved in a program that requires a weekly weigh-in—and then shames you if the number on the scale has stayed stead or (heaven forbid!) crept up?

I can’t tell you how many people I’ve worked with who were traumatized by the shame of the weigh-in. That in itself is a problem—making people feel bad about themselves is never the right way to support them in their goals. 

But the bigger problem is that the number on the scale misses so much. 

Your weight tells you nothing about the real issues that are driving the metabolic dysfunction behind the number. When you stand on that scale, and you see that number staring back at you, you need to understand that there’s a whole bunch of factors that comprise that number. 

With the Body N Balance program, we start with a body composition analysis to find out how you’re doing on all the measures involved in achieving a healthy weight, like XYZ. 

Then we keep monitoring those numbers throughout the program so we can see if you’re repairing the deep-down problems contributing to your metabolic dysfunction. 

If you are? Then we’re not too concerned about what the scale says each week, because we know we’re on the right track to improve your weight. If not, then we make adjustments to get you back on track. 

  1. They Ignore Cellular Health

If you’ve ever been on a fad diets, you’re probably familiar with the instant-gratification of immediate weight loss. Of course, that weight never stays off for good. 

Why? Because that weight is primarily water weight. You’re dehydrating your cells, which ultimately worsens your metabolic dysfunction. 

Most people are surprised when I tell them that on the Body N Balance program, while they’ll ultimately lose weight, there will also be times when they gain weight. And that’s a good thing, because are working to improve health from the cellular level. And when we do that, we’re going to see fluctuations as cells are restored to their fullest, healthiest state.

Think about it. We are nothing but cells. Trillions of cells. When those cells are healthy, they’re hydrated and plump, like grapes. But when you’re dehydrated, your cells are shriveled like raisins. That affects the cells metabolic function, significantly diminishing their potential. 

When we heal metabolic dysfunction at a cellular level, it’s normal to put on a bit of weight—that’s the weight of cellular hydration. To lose weight in the long run and keep it off, you want to lose the right weight—not your cells’ essential hydration. 

And it’s not just about the weight loss, either. The better your cells are working internally, the better you’re going to feel, the better your metabolism is going to work, and the more energy you’re going to have.

  1. They Don’t Address the Four Core Body Systems

The final reason that fad diets don’t work is that they don’t work on the systems involved in weight loss and wellness—in fact, the systems are often being damaged by the bad food and single-minded focus on losing weight at all costs. 

With Body N Balance, we’re looking at four key body systems on the path to lasting weight loss:

  • The digestive system

  • The endocrine system

  • The immune system

  • The detoxification system

For full-body health—and to achieve and maintain a healthy weight—it’s imperative to make sure each of these key systems is getting the best support you can give it. 

With a holistic, science-backed program like Body N Balance, you won’t struggle with the problems you’ve experienced with fad diets. That’s because you’ll be rebuilding your metabolism from the ground up, and supporting your body at every level.

If you’re ready to make lasting change and finally achieve the energy, vitality, and healthy weight you’ve been striving for, contact us to find out how we can help.