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Placebo effects are most noticeable when there is a human intervention. The attitude of the scientist conducting the research can be reassuring or hostile. Which will inevitably have the effect on the results of the study. Another thing is that people joining such studies are usually full of unfounded hope. They think that because this is a proper scientific study, then this time they will succeed. But usually after a while biology wins over enthusiasm. And this type of placebo effect is almost impossible to study and get rid off.
Even with clever statistics. People are well aware if they are on a diet or not. So, as I mentioned before, placebo effects are hard to exclude. Most studies do not disclose the number of the subjects that have not finished the trial.
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Though this is important. Because the diet or intervention might have been too much for those people. Which tilts the scales of our knowledge and robs us of the full picture. The point in science is to see what is best for most people and to inform best practices. The problem is that none of us is the average person. This is why you have adjustable car seats for the car drivers. When auto companies made the seats for the average person, they fit absolutely no one.
So they used this averaged information, as a starting point and then made the necessary adjustments available, so everyone can fit the seat for themselves. Humans are different. How you feel after eating a particular food or food group is much more informative for you than what some academic paper says you should feel. Because funding for science research is hard to get, a lot of trials are funded by companies. And those companies usually have an agenda, that consciously or unconsciously biases the results.
When you know what the results should be, it's hard not to be influenced in your approach and assessment. Also, it the research doesn't fit the company's interests it usually gets buried. Now, cherry picking is the practice used by my many authors of choosing and citing just the research proving their hypothesis. Leaving out all evidence pointing out to the contrary.
This problem is severe because it requires you to go and check the research, how it was conducted, are the results significant and is there other research opposing the results. This is hard work. And should be unnecessary for people reading popular books. But it is… at least now. Can all this contradictory diets and dieticians be right? I think not. Most of the studies cited in a lot of books and articles are based on rat or mice models.
These studies are very valuable and usually, serve as a base for a human trial, which will prove if the effect is observable in humans or not. I am not saying that these studies are useless.
The problem is that in most books or media coverage this fact is not even mentioned. And the results are presented as the God honest truth without a hint of hesitation. All diets and prescriptions treat us like machines. You should figure out the right buttons to push - which is the right diet for you. Et voila! A problem-free life and eternal happiness from then on. The problem is that our bodies are not calculators, as the calorie-counting paradigm would like us to believe. We are as much biology as we are psychology. And our emotions and general predisposition toward life have real chemical effects on our bodies.
They are part of your biology. Because now we live in a world with cake. Cake is a recognized way to celebrate birthdays and other occasions, so not eating it sometimes separates us from our loved ones. Also, cake is usually delicious and we want to eat it. We get anxious. We use our willpower. All this creates stress in our bodies, which releases cortisol, which increases the release of the dreaded insulin, we were trying to avoid, when saying no to the cake.
Another problem with dieting is that it keeps some foods exciting. Having a list of bad forbidden foods makes us feel like naughty children. We want to break the rules. Usually, this is a binging episode, followed by deep regret and promises not be repeated ever again. But as long the restriction is there, the impulse to break the rules is also there. Moreover, when we consume something regularly we get accustomed to it and we start to derive less pleasure from eating it.
This is in our omnivore nature. This is the instinct that makes us eat a variety of foods, so we can obtain all the essential nutrients we need. So with consuming all types of food regularly, we get habituated to them. We enjoy them. Vary them. And we crave them intensely. This would be all we eat. But this is far from true. These are just foods and we get used to them as we get used to everything else. For most people, the restriction is what makes them enticing, not their addictive nature. The most undermined part of eating in our diet mentality culture is pleasure.
We eat for health. To lose weight. To build muscle. To control our cravings. To improve our performance. To keep our insulin steady. To feed our brain. And so on and so on. But pleasure in eating is essential. Eating is evolutionarily wired in our biology to be pleasurable. Just as sex. Because eating, just as fornicating is essential for our survival and procreation. There are multiple studies and articles exploring how pleasure is essential for benefiting from the nutritional contents of our food. You'll get a different response from your body if you eat a chicken leg with peas on the side compared to a blended chicken pea soup.
Anticipating, smelling and looking at a delicious meal makes us salivate more and produce more gastric juices. Which in turn helps us digest the food much better. Also, pleasurable food makes us satisfied and full for longer. And this is the reason why a lot of the diet foods are bland, without spices and condiments. Also, dieters are encouraged to eat boring food, so they are not motivated to overeat.
And eating should be pleasurable most of the time. Otherwise, we feel unsatisfied and we start to crave all sorts of junk. This is due to two reasons. And second, it lights our pleasure centers like a Christmas tree. So, it's not a surprise that after a period of eating bland and horrible diet food, we tend to crave processed junk. And please note I am saying diet food, not healthy food. And this is not the case at all. Healthy food can be delicious…. Eating should not be a punishment.
But a joyous and pleasant experience. That is how we get the most out of it. The problem is that digestion is like a muscle. On the contrary, you focus on them and do more leg exercises. The same is with digestion. The more you eat a type of food the better you digest it. So, the logic that excluding some foods improves your digestion is kinda bogus. And the problem is that when we buy into this nonsense and we stop eating carbs. After a few months, our carb digesting abilities diminish. And when we do eat carbs we get bloated, gassy, sleepy, brain fogged and unhappy. And we get even more convinced about the evils of carb eating and we swear not to do that anymore… Ever!
Every vegetarian that has started to eat meat has experienced the same. Every raw foodist starting to eat cooked food again. Every healtoholic , eating something less than perfect also. Every diet nowadays gives you the advice to drink plenty of water. This is to be properly hydrated. And mostly to control your out of whack appetite. A lot of the gurus tell you that we often mistake our thirst for hunger. And the feelings are different in my opinion. That your body is tricking you. You need to hack it. Let me tell you briefly why drinking lots of water is not so good for you.
First, we're the first generations to walk around with bottles of water in our hands all the time. Our ancestors never did. They got most of their water from food, and sometimes from drinking from natural springs. Also drinking more water than you need - which means drinking water without being thirsty, leads to a lot of unpleasant effects. First of all, you pee a lot. That the clear color of your urine is fantastic. This is the sign that your kidneys are not able to catch up with yo ur drinking.
One more serious consequence is called hyponatremia. Which means that the amount of salt in your intracellular fluid is too low. And they should be. This is because salt is an electrolyte, it conducts the electric signals from your brain through your nervous system. And this is really really good. When drinking regularly to excess, you water down your intracellular fluid. And the nervous systems processes begin to slow down. You might get ticks and twitches.
Also, you might get cold. Really really cold. This is the surest way to lower your body temperature. To have really cold hands and feet. And to be looking for a blanket in the summer. Especially women are told that having cold hands and feet is normal for our gender because our bodies focus on preserving our core body temperature. The last bit is true. This is a sign of hyponatremia and lowered metabolism. Yes, you guessed it. This act of drinking way too much water is counterproductive.
You think that it will help you lose weight. But it slows down your metabolism. And you start putting on fat easier than before. The way to properly rehydrate is with water with sugar and salt in it. This is to mimic the intracellular fluid composition, to make the water more digestible and to introduce electrolytes in the system. And if you start peeing too often or start feeling cold for no reason, please add some salt and sugar to your drink. You might think at this point that sports drinks are a fantastic alternative! Just a second. Sport drink companies are in the business of making money and they sell you what you like, not what's best.
We, humans, prefer pure sweetness to the mixture of sugar and salt. So, most sports drinks contain mostly sugar and just traces of some electrolytes, which is not what you need. The darling people who tell us how to eat to lose weight usually have a simplistic view of human biology. And they propose that food is if not the only factor that determines our weight, at least the most relevant. As you can see there is much more to weight than eating.
And some of these factors are under our control, some partially, and some not at all. Do you think that stressing over your weight and appearance does you much good and makes your life better and happier? I have no idea how it came to this. But around food, we act like children, who need to be parented.
Our appetites. Our preferences. Our hunger. So we need to improve. Everyone who says they hold the answers and who has "achieved" the success we want. Everyone but ourselves. We feel morally superior when we eat as little as possible and resist hunger for days. And all these rules accomplish one goal and one goal only. Total disconnect with our bodies.
We think rather than feel. But this is something to do once in a while. And we do it all the time. This is what dieting does to us. Makes us doubt our own body intelligence and trust someone else. But the only one who knows what you need is - YOU. Have you gone for a meal together? What are you eating? Mostly guilt, shame, and doubt? You are unable to taste and enjoy your food, because of all the emotions and feelings that are overwhelming you. I would have been better with the salad. Look at me! For most people these days, regardless of weight, eating is a moral act.
The problem is that all that powerful emotions are not without effect. Eating has become a really emotionally charged activity, which is to no one's benefit. So, we should be ashamed of ourselves. And we do. We internalize those messages so deeply and we punish ourselves dearly. For being different. And even if we lost the weight we will still have flaws that need fixing. Body dissatisfaction and body dysmorphia are serious issues. Most people hate their bodies, regardless of their weight. Also the images we have in our heads about what is healthy, how we should look and how we should act, distort our perceptions.
Big time. When anorexics see other anorexics they see and say that they are too thin. But they see themselves as fat and disgusting!. We all have this distorted view of reality. Maybe not to such a degree, but we do. And this will not be remedied by another diet, gastric bypass, self-loathing, guilt or bashing. The only cure is self-acceptance and self-love. Eating disorders EDs are at an all-time high. Like anorexia nervosa. Anorexia is a horrible disease , which plagues mostly girls.
The problem deepens because our society focuses so much on thinness and sick girls usually get a lot of compliments on their slenderness in the first and medium stages of their disease. Which makes it very hard to get out of the hole they are digging themselves into. Which I think is horrible. I think that there could be and is more than one reason for the same condition. Of course, some of the cases of EDs are genetic. And our environment doesn't help. Our dissatisfaction with our bodies is so pervasive that kids start feeling it as early as 8 years old.
They fat shame each other.
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Most girls have dieted by the time they reach age And it has profound effects on their development and their adulthood. The best predictor of eating disorders is if the person has dieted as a teenager. Most eating disorders start with a diet, or a health class at school that prompts teenagers to avoid sugar, or experimenting with veganism. Teenagers who use fasting one day a week as a mean for weight control are 5 times more likely to become bulimic or get a binge eating disorder than girls that are just dieting.
And if you repeat these behaviors from an early age, overcoming them becomes that much more difficult. A lot of people have disordered eating behaviors, if not full-blown eating disorder. Nowadays you can't go to the restaurant without hearing people bashing themselves for ordering something, or making excuses that it's just an exception. This is far from normal.
So, a lot of people don't even get the proper help. Most modern diets are restrictive in some ways and this usually results in binge eating. Repeated enough time this is the basis for binge-eating disorders. I have suffered from this for a long long time. It usually affects health-conscious individuals, who make good efforts in eating healthfully. There is nothing wrong with eating mostly whole foods and taking care of yourself.
The problem begins when things go too far. You miss work trips, opportunities and leisure traveling, because of the fear that your food choices will be limited and suboptimal. I am sorry to break it to you, but this is not health - this is a prison. And it is long recognized that the greatest predictor of longevity and health are good strong relationships. Dieting has made us put our lives on hold.
We feel less than. We feel ashamed. We feel less than and we feel that we have to conform first, be happy later. And we can start living the life we want and do the things we want now. Without losing any weight. I want to briefly describe the practice that has helped me a lot in rebuilding my relationship with food. Intuitive eating has a significant overlap with mindful eating, unrestricted eating, and flexible eating. So, if you prefer some of the other practices, please go ahead. The main principles are to consult with your body to access if you're hungry or not.
And also what you want to eat. Eat what feels right at the moment. And don't try to swap ice cream for sorbet if ice cream is what you really want. When you start eating, eat at a pace that will allow you to taste your food, and note the flavors and the textures. Make effort to thoroughly enjoy your food.
When you reach half your portion, access how full are you? Do you need to eat more? And if yes, how much more do you need. If you eat everything on your plate, access your fullness level again. You can go for seconds if you feel you need them. Also, keep in mind that nothing is out of reach. So there's no need to eat as much as you can now because you don't know when you'll eat the same again. Try not to fall for the scarcity mentality here and eat just as much as you can really enjoy.
Remember - you'll eat when you get hungry again, so no need to pile in too much food. It sounds simple, but it's still difficult for me sometimes. Sometimes the chatter in my head about what's right doesn't let me hear what I really want. Also, I can't access my fullness levels correctly every time, so on ocasion, I overeat. And sometimes when I am really hungry I eat faster than normal. The point is this, you don't need to be perfect.
And I definitely am not. That's why it's a practice. I take it as it comes and do my best to follow the principles. Not because these are the rules now, but because I feel better that way. I am more relaxed. And I actually started to enjoy eating again. If this makes sense to you and sounds like a good way to live your life. Give it a try. If it doesn't - find something that works for you and will make you happy.
Please broaden your horizons. Thankfully there is now a study that shows that practicing body acceptance and trusting your hunger and appetites leads to better results than dieting. There are a lot of books and resources connected to this movement, which are valuable. They can help you begin to repair the relationship between you, your body and your hunger. A lot of people think that if you accept your body then this will be to your detriment. Learning to love and accept yourself unconditionally is one of the best things you can do for yourself. We can learn to like and live in our bodies.
Learn to hear and understand them. To be healthy and happy without guilt and deprivation. Not dieting is not about giving up. Dieting is a cruel game. And the only way to win is not to play. At RunRepeat we help people to find the best shoes for their favorite sport - running , hiking , football , basketball or indoor training. Our proprietary score system helps you choose the best shoes for the best price. We also do research and write in-depth articles about our favorite sports and health-related subjects.
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Why this article? Nothing worked. In this article: Definition of dieting Why do we diet? Diets Classification So, you think you should count calories? How about low fat then? Or maybe low carb? So, Paleo then? Low Glycemic Index What about Vegan?
How about the holy grail - Raw foodism? Hmmm, last resort - Intermittent fasting? What are these diets missing? Why do we diet? To look good? To feel good? To be healthy? Does this ring happiness to you? This is really really false. What you can measure you can improve, right? And why the change? Other reasons to diet There are a few other reasons to diet, which usually are combined with the 4 listed above. Diets can satisfy some core needs we might not realize: They give us structure. If our days are really hectic, we might need to put at least one part of our life in order.
Need for control. Food is one of the things that we can easily control. At least for a while. This is the reason why a lot of people whose lives spin out of control stop eating. Lots of people equate diets to health. Proof of worthiness. Proof of willpower.