Why do Some Weight Loss Diets Result in Fat Gain?

Why do Some Weight Loss Diets Result in Fat Gain?


It is disappointing when a person goes on a dietary plan to lose body fat and ends up with more body fat. Dietary strategies that involve food deprivation and calorie-counting are more prone to this adverse consequence. Some people mistakenly blame themselves for lacking the will power for effectively implementing the dietary strategy.

This self-recrimination is often compounded by the dieter’s reluctance to look for better explanations for the unwanted result. If the reason for the failure to lose body fat is found, then it becomes easier to know what needs to be added or removed from the dietary plan to make it more effective.

Weakness of the Calorie-Counting Diet Plans

In the calorie-counting approach to body weight control, dieters tend to consume dietary foods and drinks to assure that caloric intake is low. It is assumed that one will lose body weight when caloric intake is lower than caloric expenditure. This assumption tends to ignore the point that the low caloric food (or products) may stimulate craving, making it necessary for the person to consume more food. This can make it more difficult to keep the caloric input lower than the output.

Some low caloric products may interfere with the metabolic machinery, making it difficult to burn more calories than the input caloric. Some may spare the stored body fat from being burned, and some may facilitate the synthesis and storage of fat. Some may lower the blood glucose level and stimulate cravings for food. Again, the dieter may consume more food to provide fuel for the body’s energy metabolism. This can result in more fat gain.

This dietary approach can work very effectively, however, if normal foods (unprocessed foods) are consumed.

These unrefined foods usually contain significant amounts of dietary fibers which can help to prevent hunger and excessive cravings. The key point being made here is that the interaction of the food with the body is often more important than the caloric value of the consumed substance. An effective dietary plan must take this food-body interaction into consideration when formulating the strategy.

Artificial Sweeteners Can Increase Body Fat Gain

Artificial sweeteners are a significant concern for dieters because they promote body fat gain. Artificial sweeteners are present in diet drinks and some low-calorie foods. Numerous studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can cause body fat gain [1,2,3] (albeit, by indirect action).

They can increase food consumption [2,3,4] by disrupting the appetite control mechanism [1,2 ]. Removal of artificial sweeteners from the menu can make a dietary strategy more effective.

Removal of artificial sweeteners from a dietary plan is shown here as an example of what can be omitted from a dietary protocol to improve a dietary weight loss strategy became these sweeteners are abundantly represented in foods.

Additionally, many people consume them in higher quantities compared to their non-dietary counterparts based on the mistaken assumption that they cannot contribute to weight gain because they are calorie-free. The point that these sweeteners are body fat builders becomes obscured by this calorie-free profile.

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