“When we are on a diet, we are taught to mistrust our body, ignore hunger and cravings, trick ourselves into believing that a large glass of water or some magical high fiber cookie will satisfy our body’s hunger for nourishing food,” she says. “We are taught that certain foods are “bad” or “good” and that we should deprive ourselves of eating these foods, even if our body is calling for them. Dieting has physiological, mental, and environmental consequences that promote weight gain.”
But crash diets aren’t the only reason it’s difficult to lose weight and keep it off. There are, as Conason says, physiological, mental, and environmental reasons that can derail even the most sensible fitness plans. It seems like everything from our office jobs to own stress levels ensure that losing weight is as difficult as possible.