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Here’s the Reason Why Your Diet May Be Failing You

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

If you’ve ever been on a diet and failed at it — which more people do than not — then you may be interested in learning why we can’t seem to make our weight-loss goals. According to MarketWatch, a new report by the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce found that, no matter what diet program you’re on, the key to success is to not do it alone.

You read that right: When all is said and done, no matter what kind of diet you’re on, you need a support system to keep you going. The task force added that various programs that offer help with getting physically fit and psychologically ready to change your eating behaviors are also important facets to losing weight and keeping it off.

I agree with much of what the task force said, but even so, it’s kind of a simplistic way of addressing the obesity problem, which is not just a matter of you deciding to go on a diet and then getting a support system to help you stay on it and get physically fit. You need look no further than the food industry itself to understand that there’s more to losing weight than that: The fact is, it DOES matter what kind of diet you’re on (i.e., what foods you’re consuming), whether you have a support system or not.

To that end, a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 90 percent of people surveyed did not eat adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables to support optimal health. Part of this is because many people bypass the produce section and head straight to the prepared foods section in their supermarkets — and that’s exactly what the food industry intends. It’s also the quickest way to ending any diet you’re on.

This industry has used research and advertising to achieve this, and in so doing has convinced you that you’re eating “healthy” when you’re not. Let me say it this way: Junk food is a multibillion-dollar industry, and it’s an industry that’s not about to let go of YOU, the consumer, willingly.

And, sadly, you can have the biggest support system in the world, but if you don’t vow to learn how to recognize ultra-processed foods for what they are — junk foods — and then learn to revamp your eating habits to ditch processed foods, you are not going to be successful in any weight loss program.

Whether it comes from a local fast-food restaurant or in a fancy package you picked up in the frozen food section, there is NOTHING healthy about processed foods. The truth is processed foods come with a price that goes beyond that sticker you see on the shelf. Did I say that 90 percent of the added sugar consumption in the U.S. can be attributed to processed foods?

The bottom line is, any foods that aren’t whole foods, directly from the vine, ground bush or tree are considered processed — if it's been altered in any way, it is processed, such as bread, pasta, canned or frozen foods. Depending on the amount of change the food undergoes, processing may be minimal or significant. For instance, frozen fruit is usually minimally processed, while pizza, soda, chips and microwave meals are ultra-processed foods.

Hopefully, you’ve discovered that burning fat for fuel is a much better way of losing weight and keeping it off, but whether you’re on a fat-for-fuel diet or not, the best way to start is to shop the perimeters of your store, where the produce and fresh foods usually are.

Another good start would be to talk with your family about joining you in this process, and learning about how whole foods are grown, from seedlings to harvest to your table. When they know the process, the foods become more interesting. Then, load a variety of foods in your shopping cart.

Your brain enjoys a variety of textures and tastes. Vary the whole foods you purchase and the way you eat them. For instance, carrots and peppers are tasty dipped in hummus. You get the crunch of the vegetable and smooth texture of the hummus to satisfy your taste, your brain and your physical health.

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