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Diet or food rebalancing: what are the differences?

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We hear more and more about food rebalancing. It would be more effective than a diet… But what is it really? What is the difference between a diet and a food rebalancing? And above all… which method to choose for permanent weight loss?

The diet: to quickly lose weight

In the Larousse, one of the definitions of “diet” is as follows: “set of prescriptions concerning food and intended to maintain or restore health”. Thus, we can talk about a vegetarian, gluten-free or low-salt diet, without the latter being intended to make us lose weight. However, in our minds, the word “diet” is often associated with ” restrictions », « frustration and “decreased calorie intake”. There are many slimming diets (Dukan, keto, dissociated, etc.). They have in common a drop, generally drastic, in caloric intake and the avoidance of certain foods supposed to be at the origin of weight gain. Yet studies have shown that 5 years after dieting, most people are back to their original weight or even more.

If slimming diets work so badly, it’s because our body can’t stand deprivation. If it doesn’t get the calories it needs to function, it goes into “survival” mode. Everything is then good to make us eat: to produce less leptin (hormone of the feeling of satiety) for make us hungry, play on our emotions to make us crave fat and sugar, sabotage our motivation… In short, if we don’t give up before, it’s a safe bet that, as soon as the diet is over, the few pounds lost will be quickly regained! In addition, health professionals warn about the risks associated with diets. Digestive disorders, fatigue, stress, are all significant side effects. And they are not the only ones. Finally, when our diet becomes special, when we completely eliminate a category of food, when we eat at a specific time or when the list of prohibited foods is endless, we de facto deprive ourselves of going out to restaurant and meals with friends. Our whole social life is turned upside down. Isolation then reinforces the feeling of frustration. It is therefore best to leave the “diets” to patients who suffer from hypertension, diabetes or who are preparing to undergo surgery for obesity. In these cases only, food evictions will really be necessary.

Food rebalancing: to learn to eat better

Food rebalancing has been advocated by dietitians and nutritionists for several years now. Having noticed that diets have a limited duration of action and that in most cases weight loss is followed by rapid recovery, they now offer a more lasting solution. The objective is to take new eating habits which can be stored for the long term. Eating a balanced diet is not always as simple as it seems. So we have to go step by step. No need to want to lose 5 kilos in 1 week to regain them immediately. It is often necessary to “reprogram” your body so that it accepts seeing the pounds fly away, and this takes time. But it pays off since we are talking about lasting weight loss, without fatigue, without digestive discomfort and without frustration.

No one week or one month diet in the case of a rebalancing. Here, we change everything and forever! No frustrations either, nor forbidden foods, everyone learns to eat better, to detect the most caloric foods and what quantities to put on their plate. Thus, following a food rebalancing allows you to (re)have breakfast, to give pride of place to fruits and vegetables, to choose the right cereals (wholemeal bread, bulgur, etc.) or not to neglect proteins (meats, fish, eggs, legumes). We do not eliminate all fats, but we learn to use them intelligently. Falling for a pastry or a pizza is possible, since we know how to compensate for this small calorie difference. A minimum of physical exercise will be necessary to boost weight loss and take care of your health. A sports activityhowever minimal it may be (walking, swimming a few lengths, cycling, etc.) will therefore be strongly recommended.

Ideally, for people who have great difficulty losing weight, a Psychological support can strengthen food balance. This will then allow the patient to understand his functioning, to manage his emotions and to know where his food impulses come from in order to better control them. By learning to listen to yourself, to identify your satiety and your cravings for snacking, it is much easier to avoid entering a vicious circle of weight gain. Moreover, during a food rebalancing, a real work is done to identify its ” fitness weight “, that is to say the weight in which one feels good, and to reconcile with this figure. It can be far from fashion standards and therein lies the difficulty. If you feel good at 75 kilos, why absolutely want to weigh 70?

Beware all the same of those who will sell you a diet disguised as food rebalancing! Eating should remain a pleasure and there should (almost) be no prohibited foods.

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