Dieting Secrets - MotivationThere have been various attempts to explain why people fail to keep to a diet over the years.
We know full well that many people who attempt to diet fail to maintain their progress, and often fail to get beyond the first week of the diet.
One of the theories that has been put forward to explain this is the so-called "restraint theory" which was devised by Herman and Mack in 1975.
They suggested that there was a kind of cognitive boundary around trying not to eat -- and that ironically, and rather unexpectedly, this cognitive boundary actually increases the probability of people eating.
That idea was originated because any diet has periods of restraint followed by periods of disinhibition, which is the outcome of eating more than normal through loosening restraints as a response to emotional stress and other internal factors.
To put it another way, the boundary model demonstrates that hunger is a motivating force which is designed to ensure that we get enough to eat -- in other words it keeps our intake of food above the minimum level that we need for survival.
A sense of fullness or satiety will stop us eating too much -- at least normally. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that in people who are dieting this mechanism does not actually work correctly.
However, dieting actually disrupt this satiation process because when a diet requires a person not to eat as much as they normally would, psychological factors that affect consumption are altered: the outcome is to make us feel satiated more slowly than we would if we were in fact eating normally.
When research was done on 27 obese women in 1988, who were divided into three groups (one group taking exercise, one group dieting, and a control group), the results demonstrated that women who are dieting actually eat more than the other two groups. The implication is clear: dieting causes additional eating.
So you need a way to get around this. The Adonis Golden Ratio for men is a diet which has been developed by the same people as the Venus Factor and successfully avoids the disinhibition effect. You can read more about this particular diet - by the way, the Adonis Golden Ratio refers to the so-called Golden Ratio which is said to define the most esthetic proportions of natural and man made objects.
Ogden, working in 2003, supported this conclusion by giving two groups of people, divided into dieters and non-dieters, a high-carbohydrate food, followed by an opportunity to taste whichever foods they preferred afterwards.
He discovered that the dieters who had eaten less beforehand actually consumed more of the "taste preference" food. This strongly supports the idea that dieting is associated with eating less at certain times and eating more at others.
So what actually controls how much we eat?
Well, clearly the desire to eat differs between individuals, which suggests that perhaps a number of genetic components might exert an influence on our eating behavior.
For example, even at the level of the cell membrane, lipoproteins affect the metabolism of the cell in a way that regulates weight loss or gain, which in turn is indicative of some genetic influence over the physiology of fat deposition and release from the fat stores.
What makes this more interesting, of course, is that the involvement of cellular physiology in the deposition and release of fat means that the failure of any diet plan, or what we see as "a lack of motivation" (if we want to put it that way), is not just about what goes on in the mind and the emotional and motivational processes that can be analyzed by psychologists.
There's a biological factor at work as well.
However, there's no question that it's easier to investigate the role of psychological processes in dieting than it is to investigate the cellular physiology.
That's undoubtedly why more work has been done in the field of psychology than biology around weight loss and dieting.
So, specifically, denial is a factor in the success or failure which people have when they attempt to lose weight fast, or indeed lose weight at any rate. For example, having a target can help people enormously with motivation. So can clear intention.
We know that the denial of thoughts, or the attempt to deny thoughts generally promotes the activity of the very same thoughts in the mind: that summed up in the popular expression "now don't think about an elephant" -- so since it seems inevitable that one turns one's mind on to the very subject that is being denied, it seems likely that denial of food which occurs during dieting simply acts as a stimulus and makes it more attractive.
There is plenty of research that strongly suggests this to be true: Soetens, working in 2006, split participants into two groups, and demonstrated that those who were restrained from eating end up thinking about food and wanting it more than those who are not restrained from eating.
Now one interesting aspect that hasn't received as much consideration as you might expect is the role of gender in dieting: we know that participants in diets are mostly women, and we know also know that male and female eating patterns differ considerably.
So while anorexia and other eating disorders are common consequences of emotional disturbance in women, we know that such disturbances also occur in men (around 15% of anorexic individuals are male) which means that research is needed into the very foundations of dieting motivation and how that may differ in men and women.
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I've made the observation elsewhere that support of the kind found in the Venus Factor community is a critical factor in providing some people with motivation to continue dieting.
The Venus Factor community is extremely supportive, non-critical, and offers a way in which those who are dieting can find support in a peer group of individuals who are basically trying to achieve the same objective.
A study by Miller-Kovach demonstrated that the Weight Watchers program was far more successful than self-help programs in allowing people to achieve dieting objectives. This appeared to be because Weight Watchers sets achievable goals and offers a positive mindset, which in turn produces an overall improvement in people's sense of well-being.
It's no surprise, therefore, that the
support groups for the Venus Factor, and for that matter the
Adonis Golden Ratio, can be so effective in allowing people to
achieve their desired objectives around weight loss.
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Updated May 26 2016