Why “Diets” Do Not Work Long Term by Sarah Kottmann

Ever wondered why some diets help you lose weight, and suddenly you plateau and can’t lose any more weight, or maybe you have tried heaps of them, and none seem to work at all. 

Well, the best way to answer that question is to tell you how the body works physically, and we will also look at the mental side, as that is an important factor in weight loss. 

First, we must remember we are all different and have different life experiences and genes that determine our health and well-being. Men and women have different hormones, so different things work.  

However, there is one significant physical aspect that we all share: how our body signal works. Our body is made to survive, so it does everything it needs to make you live as long as possible. Your body signals have no idea if you decide one day to cut out carbs or not eat for three days to lose weight. What you are telling your body at this moment is that food is lacking, and we must store everything we need just in case we have no meal tomorrow. You are essentially shutting down your metabolism. 

Yes, you will lose weight for a short period, then when you eat food again, you will put all the weight back on plus extra because it takes longer to reactivate a metabolism than it does to shut it down. 

So, the first rule of weight loss does not cut out essential food groups altogether. 

The body must have good fats, carbohydrates, and protein. You want to have the healthy option of these foods, and you want to trick the body into using the fat stores without it thinking it’s lacking food. Combined with cutting out sugar and processed fats. Then, exercise regularly; you should be able to lose weight slowly and continually. 

Of course, another factor now comes into play, where the difference between people comes in. Your gut health, thyroid function, toxins, gut parasites, age, and mindset all play a role. 

Mindset: Our mind is extremely powerful; you can trick your mind into thinking it is on chemotherapy, and you will start to lose your hair, and the only thing you are taking is a sugar pill. Many studies have been done on the power of our minds. If you believe you can’t lose weight or keep putting weight on, you will create your reality. Instead, try saying, “I lose weight every time I eat healthy food”, “I lose weight every time I exercise”, “I can easily lose weight and maintain it”. 

Tricking the metabolism: A shutdown of the metabolism does not start after one day of missing food or counting calories; it begins after multiple days. So, try this, have a low carb day where you eat more good fats and protein, and then alternate with a high carb day where you eat rice and pasta. 

Here is the 7-day plan to give you some ideas on low carb and high carb healthy meal options.  The options I have given are mostly vegetarian and plant based if you a meat eater you can add chicken or beef to some of the dishes.


Sarah Kottmann



Sarah Kottmann

Sarah Kottmann is the pioneer of North Lakes Homeopathy. She offers an holistic approach to health through Homeopathy, Reiki, CranioSacral therapy and Nutrition.

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