Why You Should Never Diet

By Dr. Katie Drake and Megan Rall

Dieting is a terrible solution for those who want to lose weight. Below, we’ll examine why diets don’t work and what you can do to drop those extra pounds.

DON’T DIET!!! There are many people reading this right now who have tried every fad diet under the sun. You may have lost some weight for a period of time and then gained it back when you got sick of the constant restrictions – only to go on to another diet later and repeat the cycle all over again. The problem with fad diets is that people often go through this cycle, and end up either giving up or reaching for the latest “diet” food.

Take a look in the aisles of the grocery store. We see “fat-free”, “sugar-free”, “carb- free” , and “calorie-free” everywhere. It takes more effort to find the “chemical-free,” doesn’t it? But that is what we truly need in America right now. Foods are becoming more and more chemically altered in an effort to help us lose weight, yet obesity rates continue to soar higher and higher. This is not a coincidence.

Here’s the thing about hunger. Hunger isn’t influenced by willpower as much as it is influenced by hormones. Two major hormones, ghrelin and leptin, influence your cravings. Leptin is a hormone produced by your fat cells, which tells your body that you are full. Ghrelin is responsible for telling you that your body is hungry. These two hormones have to be in constant neurological balance for you to know when you are truly hungry and when its time to put down the fork.

When we eat overly processed foods, our bodies don’t recognize them as real food, which causes us to kick out more ghrelin and less leptin. Now, we’ve already eaten our diet food, yet the brain is still screaming for more. This is a recipe for disaster.

Chemicals in these “weight-loss foods” can even cause us to get fat. Many diet foods are laden with artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. Just recently the Corn Refiners Association petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rename high fructose corn syrup to “corn sugar” in an effort to persuade the public into thinking it is a natural product.   Don’t be fooled!  These poisons will actually remain in the body and interfere with the sensors that react to leptin. The overall effect of this is constant hunger, even if your body’s needs have already been met.

So what are we to do? Here is a great way to start:

1. Eat Natural Foods – as untouched by man as possible. These are the foods God designed us to eat, and your body knows how to process them properly. Check out our Maximized Living Nutrition book for meal plans and shopping guidance.

2. ML Detox System – Your body is constantly being bombarded by toxins in the environment. Many people are doing everything right, yet are loaded with environmental toxins that prevent them from losing weight. This is a vital piece of the puzzle. Be sure to drink a lot of water to help flush toxins out.

3. Eat Healthy Fats – Remember, fat is a vital building block in our cells. Fat has gotten a bad rap, however good fats are important in many functions that go on in our bodies. It also will help you feel full longer.

4. Work Up a Sweat – This will never change. You have to move in order to lose weight. With all the advances in surge training, there is no excuse of lack of time or money. Everyone can do it!  Contact your local Maximized Living doctor to learn the latest on surge training – a highly efficient work-out that literally only takes minutes to do!

Start here and you will lose weight while treating your body right.  Ditch the diets for good and you’ll be on the right track to success!


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  1Corn Refiners Petition FDA for Use of ‘Corn Sugar’ as Alternate Name to ‘High Fructose Corn Syrup.” PR Newswire, Sept. 14, 2010.