The Issue(s) With Dieting


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The Problem (s) With Dieting 1. Dieting teaches your brain to ignore your body. Dieting is restricted eating, plain and simple. To be successful at 2. You rely more on environmental cues to decide what, when and how much to eat. Without internal body signals to guide 3. Dieting drains. A recent study showed just how chronic dieting can turn someone into a food addict.

Bad news for yo-yo dieters this week: according to a recent study, cycles of feast and famine can create. As I mentioned earlier, dieting messes with our internal hunger and satisfaction sensors, and this can lead to chronic over-eating or chronic under-eating, and is just not a sensible approach. Dieting guilt makes us feel ashamed, low, and worthless. And the circle then repeats again, starting with restriction.

Maybe that was a little bit more dramatic than you wanted, but I think it demonstrates our common dieting feelings and behaviors. I’ve see this cycle so. What’s wrong with dieting?

Weight-loss diets that focus only on calorie restriction usually backfire. That’s because following a low-calorie diet sends a message to your body to conserve energy by burning calories more slowly. “Your body thinks it’s in a semi-starvation state, so it. The problem is that dieters who do this also appear to lose awareness of when they are full, and have a tendency to massively overeat once the restriction has been lifted. Not being able to recognize hunger and full (aka satiety) signals is a serious problem if.

The Diet Problem Summary: The goal of the diet problem is to select a set of foods that will satisfy a set of daily nutritional requirement at minimum cost. The problem is formulated as a linear program where the objective is to minimize cost and the constraints are. Dieting is bad for your mental and physical health. Weight fluctuation brings a host of related side effects that can harm your physical health. Not surprisingly, it has been linked to an increased.

Common symptoms are irregular menstrual bleeding, acne, excessive facial hair, thinning hair, difficulty getting pregnant, and weight gain that is not caused by excessive eating. Syndrome X. Also. People with bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder that involves episodes of bingeing and purging, experience symptoms and signs such as deteriorating teeth, sore throat, constipation, thinning hair, and dehydration.

Treatment of bulimia may involve cognitive behavior therapy, family therapy, nutritional counseling, and medication.

List of related literature:

As a second issue: a lot of dieters seem to think that once they have lost the weight with one diet or another, they can revert to their old habits and keep the weight off.

“A Guide To Flexible Dieting” by Lyle McDonald
from A Guide To Flexible Dieting
by Lyle McDonald
Lyle McDonald, 2005

The unfortunate irony, though, is that portion control is actually one of the primary reasons for failure on standard diets.

“The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet” by Alona Pulde, Matthew Lederman, Marah Stets, Brian Wendel, Darshana Thacker
from The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet
by Alona Pulde, Matthew Lederman, et. al.
Atria Books, 2017

But when people skip veggies, sip lots of soda, and start slashing entire macronutrients from their diet (like carbs), that’s when problems come.

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from Body and Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life
by Bethany Hamilton, Dustin Dillberg
Zondervan, 2014

The problem is not necessarily with the diets themselves.

“Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic” by J. Eric Oliver
from Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America’s Obesity Epidemic
by J. Eric Oliver
Oxford University Press, 2005

I agree with her that many of the diets are not taken completely seriously and are tried with little expectation that they will succeed.

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from Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics
by Laura Miller
University of California Press, 2006

This leads to the question: Why then do these dieters repeatedly diet if they consistently fail to lose weight and feel worse about themselves in the process?

“Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance” by Thomas F. Cash
from Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance
by Thomas F. Cash
Elsevier Science, 2012

When this fails, many problems will follow as is sometimes the case when people go on very restricted diets to lose weight.

“Diet & Nutrition: A Holistic Approach” by Rudolph Ballentine
from Diet & Nutrition: A Holistic Approach
by Rudolph Ballentine
Himalayan International Institute, 1978

One of the many reasons dieting has failed us is that we try to go at it alone.

“How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered” by Mark Bittman, David Katz
from How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered
by Mark Bittman, David Katz
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020

Dieters, on the other hand, have set up for themselves a diet boundary.

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from When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism
by Martin M. Antony, Richard P. Swinson
New Harbinger Publications, 2009

Indeed, many of these “alternative” methods are really just other ways of making it easier for one to eat less.

“Handbook of Self-Regulation, Second Edition: Research, Theory, and Applications” by Kathleen D. Vohs, Roy F. Baumeister
from Handbook of Self-Regulation, Second Edition: Research, Theory, and Applications
by Kathleen D. Vohs, Roy F. Baumeister
Guilford Publications, 2011

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  • I agree with you. You address just the kidney function/work. We have a more important element and that is kidney’s state. Kidney may be well active or tired/infected. The kidney temperature is the most important to keep kidney active and efficient.  The easiest way to keep kidney warm is to use special clothes to prevent kidney losing heat and get infected. The most efficient are layers of air resistance/plastic materials but not in contact with skin.

  • Iski degree nkli frzi hain. Ye kehti hai kuch bhi mat khao sirf hamari dwayi khao. Paani isliye band nahi kiya qki dwayi to paani ke sath hi leni hai. Dumb dr.

  • What to eat then?? I heard excessive air that we inhale during breathing can cause bloating too. I guess we gotta stop breathing. may be you are a doctor with all those fancy credential, but I doubt your skill of presentation and delivery. This video was not helpful.

  • Lol as per all the food cause gastrick what i ll eat pls. Suggest what to eat. Only informing what not to eat…..��

  • What is she really a Doctor, I mean you actually stopped everything ���� I mean stop eating and stay healthy what kinda doctor are you

  • This is one of my favourite channels. I just love all the videos of this channel for sensible answers.
    I would love to share this channel.
    Actually I am suffering from SLE and it has become a great hurdle of my life.
    Hope you will suggest me something��

  • I eat half a cup of blueberries after dinner. That little bit of carbs helps me sleep as I have no sleep without it. I had a teaspoon of salt in a litre of water before bed and slept very well, only getting up once, so I will try the salt without the blueberries.

  • Ketogenic diets can also cause heart arrythmia. It seems that this “doctor ” is very biased and ill informed. Seems he may be strongly affected by the brain retarding effects of low carb diets.

  • 5 wks. On carnivore & I am definitely struggling with constipation. Like you, it has been a long term problem but lately it has gotten worse. I was encouraged to hear that it resolved for you after time. I will try increasing my salt intake. I do have electrolyte drops that I use. And you are so right about other people’s reaction. Just better not to talk about it. Thank you Caitlin for your wonderful videos

  • Getting my macros right is the biggest challenge. I tried eating meat until satiety but that turned into constant hunger and way to much meat, digestive issues, and weight gain. I am trying to increase my fat and moderate the protein now.

  • 1. I don’t have a problem with talking about carnivore. People have always thought I was weird anyway, so they’re used to me lol.
    2. I’m 100 days into strict carnivore and haven’t lost a single pound. I think I did lose a few lbs in the first month and about an inch, but then I tried upping my fat and quickly went right back to my starting point, which is where I’ve stayed for the last 2 months. I am trying a “beef and butter fast” starting today. I really want to lose weight.
    3. Constipation hasn’t been a problem. I had the transition runs, but all that has evened out and my digestion is great.
    4. Sleep has definitely been an issue over the last 100 days, but it was before that too. I increased my potassium (lite salt) and decreased my water intake and my sleep is much better the last 2 weeks.
    5. I cut dairy the first week. Dairy causes mass hunger for me. I made a carnivore pizza Sunday and couldn’t figure out Monday why I was sooo starving the whole day. Then I remembered the cheese..
    great video Caitlin! Talking through issues and tweaking is the most productive thing!

  • Dear mam I have gastric problem I did not eat food same time so I suffer gastric problems so I want to avoid gastric pains which one food is good for gastric please tell me healthy foods thank you

  • My creatinine and bun have risen since doing keto 4 months ago. However my GFR non AA has stayed the same at 108 (I’m 62). Yet I have always eaten protein, just more carbs in the past. Any ideas what might be causing this increase of bun and creatinine? I am not a diabetic. My LDL, Folate and B12 are also high. Otherwise bloodwork is good.

  • Yes, Caitlin I would be interested in your experience with goat cheese. I ADORE cheese. I heard Ivor Cummins say that he would bet those who love cheese have the ApO 4 gene. ( I think that is right). I did have goat cheese ages ago, didn’t like its very strong flavour.

  • I have found ketogenic diets to be really misunderstood in the medical community. I have argued with many doctors about it as they insist for various reasons that keto is harmful, most often because they conflate diabetic ketoacidosis with nutritional ketosis. Unfortunately it’s like talking to a wall because instead of citing medical research they say things like “oh I guess I should trust you because YOU are the doctor.” They really think it’s as simple as DKA can cause kidney damage therefore ketones cause kidney damage therefore keto causes kidney damage (despite no research supporting their conclusions).

  • My top 5
    Bad breath, sleep problems,Lack of energy, bathroom issues(diarrhea and peeing a lot) and strange tingling I had in parts of my body. I tried a lot of different things higher quality meats, more fat, more salt

  • I never have constipation before after I started carnivor it happens I feel sooooo good in this way of eating but the constitution getting worse I’m really worry about that. Thank you for the video.

  • You are awesome. It’s interesting to me that when the electrolytes are off it can go either waygoing too much/too little. I was going too much until I balanced the electrolytes.

  • I agree about dairy—so addictive and yet causes terrible inflammation if I have too much. And salt intake is always a challenge. Definitely challenging to manage the pitfalls but so worth it!
    Ignoring all I’ve learned and going off track is the worst possible thing and quickly triggers all kinds of problems that led me to seek carnivory in the first place.
    A recent lesson my husband and I learned was that slow cooked meat like brisket can be a trap too. Eggs, hamburger and ribeye are our staple foods to stay on track. Do you have similar basic foods?

  • Love this Caitlyn! I came to this woe to heal and have always had constipation. I was doing a lot of salt but gained 7lbs and was always thirsty. My BP went up too. So…not sure what to do at this point. It’s only been 6 weeks so I know I have to be patient. Everybody is so different.

  • I take magnesium citrate along with salt. No problems going to the bathroom and approaching 6 days on carnivore. And if we are going to have problems losing weight when we are cutting out all carbs…I’m going to go back to keto! Unless you have thryroid, candida or some other metabolic disorder, how can you NOT lose weight especially when coupled with intermittent/extended fasting?? Might as well throw in the frigging towel then and go eat some pizza and pasta.

  • Stupid…. Apple dont cause gastric probs. Apple has antioxidants which can kill H.Pylori bacteria. Best option eat dal khichdi at night to avoid inflammation. Avoid chapatis.

  • I have swelling in my fingers and feet/ankles, should I up or lower my salt? I take electrolyte drops but they seem to make it worse. When you speak of electrolytes are you just referring to salt??? I’m not understanding

  • here’s how it works. if you go on a keto diet make sure your taking digestive enzymes that break down protein, otherwise your uric acid will shoot through the roof because your digestive system cann’t process the extra protein and its carried in the blood and down to the big toe the lowest point of the body gout. my uric acid went from 185 to 601 in 2 months. eat raw eat God’s food

  • Such a useful video! It really is such a long process of learning what works for each of us individually. I was having too much salt and I was waking up to pee constantly during the night so I lowered it and it stopped. The human body is so fascinating. I am with you on the weight loss plateau also, I lost about 15 pounds of excess but there’s about another stubborn 10. I am so grateful to have stepped off the yo yo dieting train though so it’s still worth it.

  • I love cream in my tea. I do put good salt in my tea, and butter. Yummy, it’s so delicious. I drink chia spiced tea dolled up with the above. I have no bad results when drinking cream, but I just wonder how goat’s milk would be in my tea? Is that even possible? I’ve never had goats milk. I have had goat cheese, and I really liked it. But like I said never goats milk. So I’d love your opinion about this. I am carnivore and have lost 22 lbs. But gained back 5 lbs. But my health is the biggest reason I am carnivore. There have been many great benefits. Including no swelling, satisfied after eating. Sleeping better. Happy tummy, not needing to eat 3 times per day. So I eat 1 or 2 meals per day. So all in all I love being carnivore. I am diabetic, but pretty healthy except for that. I take only Glipizide for my diabetes. I do have lettuce and mushroom, onion salad once in a while, as lettuce doesn’t have many Oxalates. So I know it’s fairly safe. But that’s it for veggies. I’ve never had tummy problems, but I do have a constipation problem some times. Other than that I’m good. Now getting back to goats milk I’d love to try it if you think it would work with my tea. I do know there are Oxalates in tea, and also tannins, but I’m not sure I could give up my tea. Please let me know what you think?
    I love your program, and enjoy your experiences. God bless you and your family. ��������

  • Thank you so much. I can relate everything with you, especially about constipation and dairy. I quit dairy a month ago and I feel much better. It has been a big achievement since I loved yogurt and cheese.

  • Wow 3 ads within this short video!! Caitlin…is there any way for you to cut the ads down to 1 per video? I can’t be the only one who gets frustrated with the advertisements that are shoved in our faces on social media.

  • I consider myself carnivore/keto because I do follow carnivore but have a sugar free jello every now and then or have a skinny syrup in my coffee or tea once in a while… I also have autoimmune 4 of them and dairy is a hot spot for too.. and veggies was big problem that one of the reasons why I switched to more carnivorous lifestyle.. I feel great and lost 40 lbs!!!

  • I have to have my mag for heart palpatations. and I take mag and potatsium for leg cramps. I want to know more about salt, I use lots of salt. but, I made some pills of salt, like you said. but they make me near throw up!! when it hits my tummy, I get major naseated and the hot saliva and run to the potty, but, nothing. what to do? (spelling!! sorry!!)

  • Interesting… I am fine with butter and cream, but my digestion goes into horror mode with any milk and any cheese. I thought goat cheese would be ok, but noooo!

  • I didn’t realize salt helped with sleep. I had some yesterday and I slept quite well so I will try to keep making that a priority. Dairy raises my glucose and a1c so I had to give that up unfortunately. Butter can stay though thankfully. I am also addicted. Cream was a drug to me especially. My biggest challenge is watching people destroying themselves with food and keeping my mouth shut about it. It is very painful for me.

  • Yes, dairy is way worse than any sugar problem I had. Totally addictive! It starts with cream in my tea and the next thing I know I’m in the ice cream aisle! I feel SO much better off it; my joints as well as not having that brain fogginess when I wake up in the morning. I’ll be interested to hear more about your experiences with goat milk products.:-)

  • I plateau after losing 42 kg now i try to change to higher protein and lower fat. So Yoghurt with whey protein and evening chicken. To see if i can break the plateau and keep going.

  • I eat a Low Carb diet, I eat a LOT of Meat& have done for my 30 adult years,… Doctors have remarked on my exceptionally low Creatinine & my higher than normal GFR (blood filtration rate of kidneys):)

  • My sleep issues are BY FAR the most challenging thing…I have been on a 99 percent carnivore diet for 7 months. I only sleep between 3-5 hours and also waking up all the time during those 3-5 hours….I take magnesium glycinate and potassium citrate. I only salt to taste though bcs when I eat more salt I just get insanely thirsty and swell up and my electrolytes gets even more out of whack. (Insane heart arythmias and so on.)I tried to take a tsp before bed but I only did that a couple of nights bcs I couldn’t physically force it down. I will look into buying capsules. That was a good idea.�� So you take 2-3 tsp/day on top of salting your food to taste? One at night, but how and when do you take the other 1-2 teaspoons? Also in capsules? One tsp in the morning, then mid day or? I have to fix my sleep otherwise I can’t keep on doing this…And I wish too bcs even though I have this extreme sleep deprivation I still got health benefits. But now I really have to sleep, I can’t stand it much longer…�� I have Redmond salt, that’s what you use, right? How much water do you drink during the day then?

  • I also found that alternate-day fasting is very beneficial and including the ketogenic diet well lifestyle if I may say. Your kidneys love when you take a break

  • Thank you Caitlyn. Very helpful and encouraging. I must give up dairy…I know it’s what’s causing the remaining issues. It’s like losing a best friend for me. I always swore I’d never give up cheese….but now that I’ve eliminated everything else but beef and egg yolks, and hear you describe the bloating and inflammation I know that’s it. I do love goat cheese and would be happy to hear your experience with that.

  • SO many of us recovering from a plant based no SOS diet. �� I’m 62 with amazingly a normal functioning thyroid but a load of retroviruses including EBV, CFS, etc. The salt thing has been huge for me to discover. I’d crash every afternoon; heart rate dropping, feel faint, shaky….then I watched a video and realized it most likely was my electrolytes. I put 3 tsp salt in a dish every morning and it’s my goal to consume most of it. Getting past the mental crap of SOS was the hardest. After 3 days of super salting, I didn’t crash!!! Such an easy fix. I’m only a few days to a week back eating carnivore but I see such big improvements in my digestion and feeling well. Baby steps.

  • My sleep has been horrible. waking up between 3-5 every morning. Im so tired. I will try the salt. Also being hot and sweating in the night ugh! this is my ninth week and im trying to hang in there

  • Down 33 pounds on carnivore and need to lose & need to lose 15-20 more pounds and stuck and not losing if I cut fat what is the percentage of fat to protein should I try?

  • Congratulations on keeping it real! It’s all about health and how you feel. You look beautiful and super healthy and give great practical advice; thank you ����

  • Totally understand the dairy issue. I’ll make a keto cheesecake and eat too much. Or just make whipped cream from the heavy whipping cream.

  • Another great video! Could you make a video where you discuss what you did to overcome your sweet tooth/ sugar cravings? That’s soooo hard for me at night! Trying to break YEARS of a bad habit. I tried Kelly Hogan’s oopsie cake recipe and that helps some but I’d really like to not substitute in a zero carb sweet. Thank u!

  • Thanks for all the info. I’m not Carnivore yet; more on the ketovore side of things. I just started Keto mid January, so still in the listening to my body stage and investigating Carnivore.