Why Does Dieting Not Work?

  • The primary focus is mostly on weight loss rather than the restoration of health

  • You feel deprived - nothing makes a food more enticing than "That's bad for you!"

  • Falling off the wagon is discouraging - developing strategies that work for you is more effective than following someone else's rules

  • Potential results are often exaggerated and unsustainable

  • Dieters often gain back what they lost and then some - the weight cycling or yo-yo effect

  • Obsessions with body weight, nutrient types, and food deprivation can lead to disordered eating patterns