I’m sure you’ve walked through a grocery store and seen food products labeled “low-fat,” “low-carb,” “sugar-free,” and many more. For years, diet products and fads such as shakes, bars, and powders have dominated commercials, ads, and our own lives. There are so many diet fads out there like Atkins, Paleo, and Weight Watchers. And all of them involves either cutting calories or carbs, or eating special shakes or bars. All in all, it leaves you hungry, tired, and worst of all, crashing and binging, so you gain the weight back that was already so hard to lose. And that’s how the diet industry thrives.
These are crash diets. Calorie restriction and cutting out essential carbs is not a healthy or very fun way of life. The industry feeds off of people who lose the weight, gain it back, and then try another or the same diet program. That’s the problem with diets. They’re temporary. They aren’t a healthy lifestyle change and they certainly aren’t in your best benefit. 35% of U.S. adults are obese and over 34% are overweight. Is this because Americans are lazy, unmotivated, or stupid? No. They’re just confused. You’re exposed to so many ads per day, most involving diet, that Americans are truly confused about what’s best for our bodies. This also allows the diet industry to thrive. It preys off of people who are overweight and confused about proper nutrition.
The diet industry is bringing in billions of dollars per year, just to have people gain the weight back and come back to another diet.
How can we fix this, thoufh? How can we help people get to a healthy weight while feeling better and having more energy. The answer is simpler than you’d think.
Processed foods are sweeping the diet industry. Just think of how many protein powders and shakes there are. And that’s when the answer becomes clear. Calorie restriction was not needed before McDonald’s and other unhealthy processed foods became a global occurrence. People are desperate for a way to lose the pounds, as if a shake or eating only 20 grams of carbs is the key to health.
The real key to health is in food; real food. Unprocessed, unbleached foods, straight from the earth. Carbs aren’t bad; it’s the oil, processed sugar, and other ingredients that makes you gain weight. Instead of relying on a diet program to tell you what and how much to eat every day, try eating simply. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes are the true “diet” foods. It’s the diet that makes you feel good and look good without having calorie restriction.