Where Diets Go Wrong (1)
If we discover that we are heavier than we want to be, there is a natural inclination to eat less food. We may skip lunch, eat only a tiny amount of our dinner, and hope that, if our body is not getting much in the way of food, it will burn off some of its fat. Many diets are based on the theory that overweight people got that way from overeating and the answer must be to cut back.
Nature will have none of this. Nature fights diets. And those who could cope with a temporary lack of food were the ones who survived. So our bodies have built-in mechanisms to survive in the face of low food intake.
When you start a low-calorie diet, you know that you are trying to lose weight. But as far as your body is concerned, you must be starving. And biological mechanisms automatically kick into action to counter starvation. First, your metabolism slows down. Next, your body gets set to binge on the first available food. But let’s take a closer look at what happens.