The 3 Most Popular Diets Of 2017 & Why They Don't Work...

2017 is in full swing and if you're still on your diet then Kudos to you for sticking with it this long (even if you are dying a little inside each day and crying into your salad bowl at lunch) 

Diets work in the short term as you're eliminating something.  There are countless diets out there that unfortunately at some point most will succumb to.

I'm sure it won't be long before the pebble diet and the banana skin diet make it onto the shelves.  

Joe's laws of thermodynamics state that eating "healthy clean foods high in fats" will help you burn fat; with no mentioning of how calories work and that 1 gram of fat equals 9 calories whilst 1 gram of protein and carbs equal only 4 calories.  Keep your fat intake unregulated and unmonitored and let me know how you get on.

So I can't be far off with the pebble diet working.


We all know the word calorie but do we actually know what a calorie is?

"A calorie is a unit of energy equal to the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree"

We say "burning calories" as a calorie is a unit of heat and your body is essentially a furnace, a big burning heating machine.  Learn something new everyday ;)

1. Carbohydrate Restrictive Diets-For Dummies

  • The human body is fueled by glucose (simple sugar)

  • Your body's preferred source of energy is Carbohydrate

  • Glucose gets stored in your liver and muscles as glycogen (glucose that hasn't been used)

  • 1 gram of glycogen holds 3 grams of water!!

So guess what happens when you eliminate carbs from your diet? that's right you drop water weight.  When you step on the scales and shout "Yes I'm losing weight, carbs are the enemy!!"

You've essentially just dropped weight and not fat.  You don't want to lose weight, you want to lose fat! 

2. Restrictive Diets

In order to lose fat you need to be in a deficit, you can create that from eliminating foods from your diet or through exercise.  

In an ideal world you'd create it through exercise whilst monitoring your intake and sticking to the 85-15 rule.

85% of the food you eat should come from wholesome single ingredient foods.  When the devil is on your shoulder telling you to munch on those maltesers simply abide by this rule.

When you're eating quality foods over quantity (how dense it is with calories) you'll find you're able to eat much more.  

Get your calories from lean meats, vegetables and fresh fruits as opposed to junk food and sweets (it sounds so simple but it's amazing how many people don't do it and then complain that they're not losing weight)

You shouldn't need to restrict yourself, when you follow the 85-15 rule you can still be flexible and enjoy your treats.

3. Fat Restrictive Diets

I don't think Joe will be jumping on this one too soon, and rightly so.  

Eating too much of anything will put you in a surplus of calories that means those jeans are going to get tighter and tighter. 

If a third of your diet is made from fats and you suddenly take this away, then low and behold you're going to lose weight as you've just taken away a huge portion of your diet.

If you drop calories too low you're at major risk of slowing down your metabolism.  Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns through the food you eat.

So when this slows down your body turns to muscle as it's preferred fuel know that thing that makes you look great and gives your body tone and structure.

All diets are designed to restrict you from something.  Be flexible in your approach, if you're just starting out on your weight loss journey my best piece of advice would be to track your food for a week and see how much you're actually eating.  It might shock you.

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