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Why Diets Fail - Processed Foods, Ineffective Weight Loss Motivation, and Slow, Inconvenient Meals

Obesity in the United States nearly tripled, from 13% in the 1960s to 38% today. Obesity is a serious health risk for millions of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity is associated with higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, depression, some cancers, and many other diseases.

Weight loss programs to fight obesity are now a multi-billion dollar industry. But most customers fail to achieve long-term weight loss. Why not? There are 3 reasons diet failed:

• Eating the wrong food,

• Poor motivation, and

• Lack of facilities.

Eating Wrong Food

First, according to USDA, the average American consumes 64% of processed foods: fat and oil added (26%), refined grains (19%), sugar (15%), and processed meat (4%). This is a low-fat diet that makes weight loss difficult.

Yet many diets recommend eating standard American foods, but try to eat less. These foods are rarely successful in the long run.

Healthy, complete, plant-based foods:

• Avoid processed foods,

• Animal food limits, and

• Eat lots of high fiber foods, high in nutrients.

High fiber foods, high in nutrients include:

• Vegetables,

• Fruit,

• Beans and seeds, and

• Full grain.

There is a lot of evidence that high fiber-based, high-nutrient-based diets are the best diet for good health and lasting weight loss.

According to a report by the CDC (Eat More, Lose Weight How to manage your weight without hunger): "Foods that contain plenty of water or fiber and low fat are usually low in calories. They will help you feel full without the unnecessary amount of calories."

High diets in water and fiber are good foods that make maintaining long-term weight loss easier.

Poor motivation

The second reason fails because they do not offer effective and long-term motivation programs. When the initial appetite for nutrition diminishes and the inevitable social pressure arises, the diet fails.

Successful weight loss plan motivation programs should focus on strengthening the benefits of a high-fiber, high-nutrient diet. An open source program (including audio books, online videos, DVDs, and books) that emphasizes the benefits of adopting and following a plant-based diet, should form the basis for a long-term weight loss motivation plan. In addition, various other strategies that have proven effective for maintaining long-term weight loss should be recommended.

Lack of Facilities

The third reason that diets fail is that they are not easy. The processed grocery store and restaurant food have made standard American diets very easy. What's easier than a bag of candy or chips or a restaurant meal?

Healthy, complete food advisors offer foods that require a lot of time to buy, prepare and clean. Successful diet plans make preparing and cleaning healthy foods fast and easy by using modern wonders such as microwaves and frozen vegetables.

To sum up, the requirements for a successful weight loss program are:

• Eat the right foods,

• Effective motivation programs, and

• Fast and easy meals that can be prepared quickly and easily.


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