Research suggesting that long-term diets do not work is continuing to emerge. So why do so many of us continue to try our luck with them? Embarrassing Bodies Dr Christian explains the science behind their ineffectiveness:
- They impact the metabolic processes
According to Dr Christian, restricting your calorie intake for a long period of time can affect the metabolic system within the body – meaning that the way food is processed and stored will change. For example, extreme diets may result in individuals actually putting on more weight in the future.
In actual fact, those who cheat a little throughout their diet tend to fare better, simply because without such severe restrictions the body doesn’t switch over to starvation mode. Whilst cheaters may find their weight loss...