There are some pretty important reasons you shouldn't switch diet plans regularly. When you go on a diet, it can be tempting to try out a whole bunch of on-trend fads in quick succession to see which one brings you the best results. This isn’t always a good idea. Whether it’s 5:2, souping, paleo, keto, mono, alkaline or 8-hour, I recommend that you stick to one type of diet for a prolonged amount of time before even considering switching to another one. So why is it, exactly, that you should not switch diet plans regularly? Allow me to explain with these five easy to understand reasons you shouldn't switch diet plans regularly.
1. Gaping Holes in Your Nutrition
One of the main reasons you shouldn't switch diet plans regularly is that you are exposing your body to lots of different gaps in key nutrients, one right after the other. For example, if you go straight from a low protein diet to a low carb diet in the space of a couple of weeks, it can be a really big shock to your body’s system, meaning that you could be doing more bad than good when it comes to weight less and overall health. Doing your proper research before you start a new diet helps you make sure that you have all of the alternative foods on hand, in order to keep your body as nourished and nutritionally balanced as possible.
2. Your Metabolism Suffers
The best thing you do for your metabolism is to expose it to a regular, sensible diet so that it can get the hang of and start working in conjunction with it. If you go from a 5:2 diet, where your body has been used to a couple of days of high calorie intake, to a soup diet where digestion is going to be completely different, then it could be detrimental to the speed of your metabolism, which in turn will effect the rate and success at which you lose weight. This can be helped by committing to a ‘grazing’ type eating schedule. No matter what foods your diet entails, consume them in small portions about 6 times a day so that your metabolism doesn’t have to deal with a huge hit all at once.
3. Your Body is in a Constant Transition State
If you become addicted to trying a new diet every single week, then your body will start to adopt the ‘transition’ phase as its constant state, and this isn’t good for your body. Your gut and your metabolism need at least three weeks to adjust to whatever new regime you impose on your body, so if you keep interrupting this process every seven, 10, 12 days or so, your gut will never be able to settle in to a solid rhythm and you will most likely feel repercussions from this. The simple way to avoid this happening is, like I mentioned, staying on your current diet plan for a minimum of three weeks before switching it up and changing to something else. Ideally, you should go on even longer than that.
One of the fundamental principles of successful weight loss is building new eating habits that re-educate your palate, digestion and metabolism. It takes time to build and establish a new habit, so if you are constantly switching from one weight loss regime to another, you are not giving the new habit time to form.