Diet Fail? Maybe You’re Rebounding
Good afternoon, it’s Nam-chan! Recently I haven’t been fooling around, that is to say I’m going down the serious line, providing useful information! It’s not a conscious effort, so I’m scared of myself!
Let’s jump into today’s topic, “Why your dieting is not successful.”
I’m sure all the ladies have challenged themselves to diet at least once. It seems even guys are dieting recently too. There are probably many who go on diets, hoping to attain their ideal figure. But whenever I walk by others on the streets, I think that there are many who fail at it. That’s right.
I have gathered today’s information for these people, and approach the question “Why your dieting is not successful” head-on. The number one reason that shines proudly at the top of the ranking for “Reasons for Failed Dieting” is “Rebound”.
Say you set yourself a goal to lose 10kg by the end of the month. You control your food intake strictly, resisting all the snacks, being sure to stick to your running schedule, and you finally reach your goal.
Then, one week later, you gain back 2kg. You start to wonder. You want to put in more effort to lose the gained weight, but the one month was so a lifestyle so painful that your body refuses to do it again. Even though you want to stay away from night supper, the Kit Kats that you bought just can’t seem to leave your pillow side.
That is why our weights return, or even go beyond our original weights. That is the “rebound”. This is deeply connected with what our brains think our body weight is.
Actually, there is the weight that we believe (also known as the Conscious Weight), and the weight that our brain understands (also known as the Unconscious Weight).
What this Unconscious Weight is, is the weight that our brains believes when we are living a normal healthy life. It is said to be 4-7kg heavier than the Conscious Weight. This is so that our proper lifestyles don’t contribute to excess weight.
This needs no mentioning, but when we put on weight, our metabolism rates reacts with
Amount eaten – Calories Used > 0.
If we eat more then the calories we burn, we gain weight.
When we go on a diet,
Amount eaten – Calories Used < 0
will help us lose weight.
For our Unconscious Weight, when the formula becomes
Amount eaten – Calories Used = 0
the weight will be when the amount eaten is the same as the amount of calories burnt.
Our brains try to maintain is balance as the ideal body weight. If we diet at an alarming rate to try and lose body weight, our bodies think that there is an unusual occurrence in our bodies, and increases our body weights to try to return to the ideal body weight. This is where the “rebound” comes from. (Unfortunately, “rebound” is not something we can control consciously.)
Simply put, the reason for the failure of dieting is due to our brain controlling the weight of our bodies. You may have realised too, that the key to decrease our body weight healthily, is to convince our brains to lower our Unconscious Weight. There are more than one way to do this.
This is the Focus of the Five Senses while eating.
There is plenty of enjoyment from the taste of the food, the looks and the fragrance of the food, and even the texture of the food on the tongue. When we’re hungry we eat, and stop when we feel full. Doing this continuously we tend not to overeat, thereby reducing the healthy weight. This is also proven by psychology.
By looking at things from eating habits, there are two groups of people: intuitive and restraint. The former eats when they are hungry, while the later controls themselves when they get hungry. People who eat when they are hungry do not get fat easily, and think about food less. On the other hand, those who practice self control find themselves tired, especially at the end of the day’s work, thus losing an uphill battle to control overeating.
However, there are those who will find it difficult to master the Focus of the Five Senses. The advice is to increase your seratonin.