One of the many reasons why diets may fail people is due to the number of ‘rules’ one must follow for the diet to work. Some of these rules come with high expectations for the ‘dieter’ to change habits of a life time. While understandably if you want to reach a healthy weight, some habits require changing, if those new habits are not consistent with your belief system, personal preferences or require a dramatic change in lifestyle it can be very hard to successfully follow these dietary rules through.
An example of this is that some diets and weight loss advisors focus on the dieter having six small meals per day. Personally, one of my health obstacles has been in making sure I am sufficiently organized and get the time to make three nutritious meals per day. Having always eaten three meals per day I have absolutely no desire in changing this dietary regime. Where would I get the time to make six nutritious meals per day, when three is hard enough???? Furthermore, finding the time and opportunity to eat six times a day would not really be that easy. I have other commitments in my life, such as work, that requires me to focus my concentration on other activities besides consuming food.
Apparently the theory of this approach is that having more regular, smaller meals will speed up your metabolism. However, it’s not backed up with any firm research support. Dietary regimes like this often don’t really take into account that people are individuals and their physiological make-up is unique. It doesn’t take into account a person’s beliefs, prior habits or their lifestyle. Sustaining any dietary regime will be difficult if these factors aren’t taken into account.
While this approach may suit some people it certainly won’t suit others. If you view any dietary rules and regimes with skepticism or hesitation or feel any resistance to a particular dietary approach, then maybe it’s not the right approach for you or at the very least you will need a modified approach to be able to successfully sustain the regime. Before embarking on any approach to manage health, it is important to ask yourself whether the approach realistically fits with your beliefs, personal preferences and lifestyle.
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