Why is Dieting Such a Vicious Cycle?

by Kaylie Brand, Registered Dietician

With the summer in full swing comes new goals for everyone. With all the range of options for exciting events and accomplishments, one common goal remains for many: I'm going back on a diet. Why is that such a familiar and common goal? Because, friends, dieting can be a vicious cycle that is unsustainable. It always brings you back to the same weight you started at.

The Good News

Luckily, I have good news! With behavior changes and new habits to your current lifestyle, you can make a healthy weight sustainable. 

The Building Blocks of Nutrition

First, let us take a moment to think about the important building blocks of nutrition: Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat. Each building block has a purpose for our body.

Carbohydrates: Provides energy to fuel our bodies.

Protein: Used for growth, development and repair and maintenance of body tissues.

Fat: Provides structure to cells and cushions membranes to help prevent damage.

So, my question for you is this … why would we avoid any of these important building blocks? Some food for thought. (;

no-more-diets.jpgWhy Have Some Diets Worked?

You may ask, “well then how come past diets that cut out specific building blocks have helped me lose weight in the past?” The simple answer is because usually you are putting your body in a calorie deficit yielding weight loss.

However, a couple months later the weight often comes back, sometimes higher than before, leaving you discouraged. The reason why is because your body needs all these building blocks, making staying away from them very difficult.

Happy Hour? Chocolate After Dinner? Really?

What if I told you, you could still have chocolate after dinner or enjoy happy hour with your friends and still be perfectly healthy? You can! You can create a calorie deficit and lose weight while still enjoying your favorite foods.

But how? The simple yet complicated answer: Through a behavior change like focusing on portion control, product substitutions, and mindful eating. I understand this is easier said then done and that is why I am here as your dietitian to motivate and support you until you succeed.

The Bottom Line

Make this summer the last summer when "diet" is your number one goal. You can start reaching other goals, instead. Call us at 651-600-3035 and make an appointment. Get started on your new life now! 

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Disclaimer: Cutting out foods may be needed for individuals with an intolerance, allergy, or disease that requires a medically tailored diet. You can also reach out to me for support in maintaining your help through these obstacles.


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About the author: Kaylie Brand, RD, LD

Kaylie has a wide variety of experience working as a dietitian with people from all walks of life. She has developed plans and recommendations for professional sports teams, college athletic departments, grocery stores, grade school students, hospital patients, and more. In other words ... no matter what your goals are for eating healthier or weight management, Kaylie has the experience to work with you and find solutions.        

If you are interested in booking an appointment with Kaylie, call Minnesota Women's Care at 651-600-3035 or click Book Now.