680_5276476January is almost over, but are the resolutions you made to eat better and take care of yourself over as well? According to Psychology Today, 90% of people make resolutions that involve health or weight loss yet less than 10% actually achieve, let alone maintain those goals.

When it comes to nutrition or weight goals our difficulty in achieving them is not based on lack of will power or desire. Instead it has more to do with what is in the foods we choose and how they affect our bodies. Our taste buds and reward receptors have been hijacked/ disabled by artificial ingredients, preservatives and processed foods full of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). They disrupt the hormones that message our brain that we are hungry or we are full.

Diets don’t work. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Diets don’t consider Bio-individuality

There is no one-size-fits-all diet. Everyone is unique, from genetic/ancestral background to metabolism and lifestyle. We all have different nutritional requirements therefore no method of eating works for everyone. The foods that are perfect for you may not be the right foods for your significant other, best friend or neighbor.

2. Diets are a short term approach to a long term situation

Your health is important throughout your lifetime but diets focus strictly on changes in the here and now. You have to learn how to make lifestyle changes for the long-term. Research shows that most people gain back what they’ve lost on a short-term diet and many times gain more. If new eating habits aren’t formed then the changes won’t be lasting. People who lose weight and keep it off are successful because they have actually changed their eating and lifestyle habits.

3. Diets aren’t maintainable

Taking major food groups out of your eating plan just isn’t maintainable in the long run. Diets that restrict carbs, fruit or certain other food groups are hard to follow over a long period of time. For instance, taking all carbohydrates out of your diet or lowering your calorie intake too much will leave you feeling moody, irritable, or suffering from headaches or brain fog. No one wants to feel this way for a day or two, much less for a lifetime. Eating healthy should do the opposite for you – it should leave you feeling more energized, happier and clear-headed

804_41530514. Diets don’t divulge the true reasons for gaining weight

There are so many factors to take into consideration when it comes to weight gain, though most people solely blame their diet. Your emotional health is equally as important as the foods you put into your body. Are you hungry for food or are you looking for a substitute physically, emotionally, mentally, or socially? If you’re sad, lonely, anxious or lacking sleep, you will have trouble losing or maintaining your weight. You have to address your emotions to be successful.

5. Diets don’t focus on the nutritional value of food

We understand that a calorie is no longer a calorie, as all calories are not created equal. A 100-calorie cupcake pack and a 100-calorie apple aren’t going to have the same effect on your body. The cupcake pack has little (if any) nutritional benefits. Your cells need nutrients to function properly and to stay healthy and free of disease. The apple is full of fiber, phytonutrients and enzymes, among other nutrients, all of which have important benefits in the body like regulating blood sugar, cardiovascular benefits, satiety and regulating appetite, and bacterial balance in the digestive tract. If you want your blood sugar levels to be stable and you want to help protect your heart, the obvious choice is the apple.

The more you think about what the benefits are in your body when you eat whole foods, the clearer it will become as to what the best food choices are everyday. If you want to Reset your Resolutions contact us for an appointment that could change the way that you think about your health in 2016. We will work together to create an eating and health plan that will put you on the road to successful living. Call for your appointment with a Charlotte nutritionist.