10 Signs That Your Diet Promotes Obsessive Compulsive Eating

10 Signs that your Diet Promotes Obsessive Compulsive EatingAre you suffering from obsessive compulsive eating?

If you are, you will find this research very interesting.

In one particular study, 311 overweight women were recruited to follow one of the following popular diet programs:

The Atkins Diet, The Zone Diet, the LEARN diet or the Ornish Diet.

To start the study, each woman was given a copy of the popular diet book that she was randomly assigned to follow.

Then, to make sure she was an “expert” on her program before she started dieting, each woman attended a series of 8 classes (each lasting an hour) explaining exactly how to follow her assigned diet.

(Side note– This just shows how OCE these diets are considering that it takes EIGHT classes for these women to know how to properly follow each diet!)

After the courses were completed the women then set off to follow their assigned diet plan for a total of 1 year.

The results were pretty much exactly what I expected – everybody lost a lot of weight in the first two months, after that the diets tended to even out and by the end of the trial the weight loss was far from impressive – none of the groups averaged more than 10 pounds of weight loss after an entire year of dieting.

And while many people used this study to ‘prove’ that diets simply didn’t work, or that the body somehow adapted to dieting, my take was much simpler…

Firstly, this trial is in agreement with most research that shows it is very hard to accurately measure how many calories a person eats in a day, and secondly I thought that these results showed that the number one reason diets fail is compliance.

In other words, the more complicated and the more rigid the diet is (or the more OCE it is), the more likely it is going to fail in the long term. – People just can’t stick to these types of diets for long periods of time.

Apparently I wasn’t alone with my analysis.

In a study published in the International Journal of Obesity titled “Dietary adherence and weight loss success among overweight women: results from the A to Z weight loss study” researchers re-examined the A to Z weight loss trial to see if there was an association between the level of compliance and the amount of weight that was lost.

Guess what they found?

Astonishingly only ONE subject in the ENTIRE study followed the diet as directed for the whole 12 months. This means that every other subject was not following her assigned diet properly at some point during the research trial!

The researchers also found that adherence was significantly correlated with 12-month weight change for all three-diet groups. So the better a woman was at following her diet, the more weight she lost.

The fact that adherence was so low is very interesting considering that these women spent eight class sessions reviewing their assigned diets with a registered dietitian before they even started the diet…

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You can imagine what adherence must be like for someone who simply bought one of those books, read it cover to cover and then gave it a try!

The findings from this follow-up analysis also suggest that the difference in dietary macronutrients only had a small impact on the participants weight loss success.

The bottom line is that you can generally figure out how successful a diet will be by looking at how complicated it is.

More rules = more complicated = low chance of success

Less rules = less complicated = high chance of success

In my opinion weight loss can be incredibly simple if you let it.

Find the easiest, most comfortable way to reduce the total amount of calories that you eat.  

Then, for the best health of your life make sure you are eating unprocessed real food at least 80% of the time, getting in enough fruit, vegetables and leafy greens for good health. This is the principle behind The Leaf System.

The less intrusive a diet is on your lifestyle the greater chance you have of sticking to it long term.

For me, this is flexible intermittent fasting.

After all if you can fast for 24 hours once, you know you will always be able to do it. Some fasts maybe harder or easier than others, but you know you can do it!

Obsessive Compulsive Eating habits that make diets complicated and difficult spell doom for long term weight loss.

10 Signs a diet suffers from OCE:

1.     It contains a list of foods you can and cannot eat

2.     It lists specific times of every day that you are allowed or not allowed to eat

3.     It contains meals based on specific ‘diet food’ that the whole family can’t enjoy.

4.     It lacks flexibility

5.     It focuses on macronutrients and micronutrients excessively

6.     If fails to point out the importance of long term compliance

7.     It requires you to pre-pack and carry certain foods with you while you travel

8.     It promotes certain foods because they PROMOTE weight loss

9.     It is based on expensive, packed foods that you wouldn’t normally buy.

10.   It uses metabolic typing

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And if you missed my previous post explaining all about this, I have copied it for you below.

After a very long period of sticking to my own meal plans strictly and having great results with my health and weight loss, I noticed something interesting happening.

I was feeling so healthy, that I was ready for more fun and flexibility.

Anybody can stick to a cleanse for a week, or even a month, but the thought of sticking to a strict eating plan for the rest of your life can be a daunting process.

After all – life happens.

We all need a social life.

And being social is often structured around food.

Most of us can’t be so strict about our food that we are able to eat ‘clean’ every single day forever.

I have managed to be strict for 6 months solidly but after my health improves and I get down to a healthy weight range again, I don’t have the same incentives that I once did.

I personally do need to socialise with food and have at least 1 day a week where I know that I can go out for a meal, or have a few treats in front of the TV with my husband.

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The problem is, that having these ‘cheat’ days can end up destroying all your hard work that you’ve put in for the rest of the week.

That is certainly the case for me.  

I would eat healthy foods all week, and feel good and full of energy, lose a couple of pounds and feel proud of myself.

But after weighing myself over the weekend, I was always disappointed that I was still the same weight.

At least I wasn’t gaining weight, but I wasn’t losing weight either.

Although I was pretty much back in my healthy weight range again, I wasn’t at my ideal weight and it was really getting me down.

I still had about 28 pounds to lose to get to my ideal weight and I was never making any progress towards it.

I was beating myself up for not being strict and sticking to my own eating plan every day of the week.

I’m as human as the next person and I love my food, love to socialise with food and I want to enjoy my life now that I am healthy again – and for me that does mean going out for a meal each week and eating exactly what I want to eat.

Do you feel the same?

Have you managed to follow a strict diet for a week or even a month and then struggled to keep it going after that?

I must admit, I do struggle to stick to a strict diet forever.

I’m just being honest with you. I’m not one of these supermodel type people who has completely removed any junk food from my life and can effortlessly look perfect 24/7.

It’s time for a true diet for life.

A diet that allows for the ups and downs and social patterns of everyday life.

That’s why I have personally changed the way I am following my own diet plans and my new structure is working like magic for me.

So it’s time I shared this with you too so you can have the same success that I’ve been having lately.

How to eat what you want and still lose weight

If you’ve been searching for a diet plan that you will not only lose weight with, but have a chance at making a change that will last a lifetime, then you might want to look into short term fasting as part of a sensible plan that can help you reach these goals.

If you’ve always dismissed fasting as something that’s only suitable for spiritual or religious people, then you are in for a surprise.

There are so many misconceptions surrounding fasting, and I’m going to share with you how it can help you not only in your weight loss program, but help you achieve a better overall you!

In order for any diet plan to work, there is really only one “magic” secret for it to work: eat fewer calories than you burn off. That’s it!

Think about it – all of the current fad diets rely on teaching you to eat certain proportions of whatever they think is best.

Ornish promotes low fat, Atkins low carbs, The Zone a more balanced ratio, but in reality, they all preach smaller amounts, which will lead to weight loss.

The only question with them is can you sustain yourself on these diets?

Not many can. People report struggling to stick to many of these diets simply because of the restrictive nature of these diet plans.

One thing that is interesting, however, is that any of these kinds of diets will cause you to lose weight, (by restricting caloric intake) proving that it really doesn’t matter what you eat, only that you eat less of it.  

The Leaf System works on a similar basis. It is a calorie restricted diet, but with a difference. I believe it is the healthiest diet you will ever find, and for that reason it does truly make it a diet for life.

But even The Leaf System is a diet that some people do struggle to stick to for the rest of their lives. And who could blame us? We are surrounded by junk food calling to us 24/7.

I take an 80/20 approach to healthy eating. I make The Leaf System meals from scratch 80-90% of the time and 10-20% of the time I eat what I want.

The problem is that 10-20% of eating what I want is enough to completely stop me from losing any more weight because I’m taking in too many calories during the entire week.

So it’s time to find a new way of doing The Leaf System that still allows me to be a little bit flexible when I want to eat out, but the weight will keep falling off.

I believe that short term fasting, a 24-hour fast once or twice per week, can be a great way to get you into total caloric deficit for the week.

Eliminating two full days of eating helps us consume fewer calories than we use, and that in turn can help us reach our goal of weight loss.  

Short term fasting is not only the fastest way to achieve caloric deficit, but also, contrary to popular opinion, can actually increase your metabolism during the first 24-36 hours.

Short term fasting can be a great aid to helping you lose weight.

It has been working like magic for me. My weight has been going down and down since I started doing this.  

I have finally found a way of eating that works incredibly well for me.

I can feel good about my health because I’m eating a diet that gives me tons of energy and I don’t have to worry about health problems.

But I can also see that this is something I will do for the rest of my life because I can have a weekly meal out and a few treats, and I am not yet at the stage where I want to cut those out.

If you want to have your cake and eat it, get healthy, and still lose weight, this might be the ultimate solution for you too.

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