Crash diets set us up to fail. They are focused on the wrong factors ... drop calories = drop weight.

This focus leads to the overwhelming potential of regaining the weight (and then some). By thinking, "I can just lower my calories and the weight will stay off", we set ourselves up for failure.

When calories are consistently reduced to a point that the body feels it isn't receiving enough to maintain its current weight, it may initially lose weight (possibly not just fat), then rebel and lower the metabolic rate to compensate for this caloric deficit.

Thus, if/when calories are added back, the body may not have any choice but to store these now extra calories.

(Not to mention, the more you drop calories the more that cravings and hunger set in. When it's will power vs. hunger, hunger will almost always end up winning at some point!)

Taking away calories isn't always the answer. Sure, in some cases it may be a portion fo the solution, but we can't look at our bodies in a silo. Sometimes looking at other nutritional avenues may be more sustainable than the old-school way of simply reducing calories to lose weight.

More appropriately, looking at meal timing (including fasting), meal spacing, quality of calories and macronutrient combination. And don't forget other components like stress reduction and sleep.

Nutrition is complicated. That's because our bodies are complicated. You can't be expected to know everything about nutrition or everything about how your body may or may not react to certain things.

But you can be proactive. You should be proactive. And you can start by having a simple, solid and sustainable foundation to work from.

That's where the Fab 14 Nutrition Boot Camp comes in. To simplify. To sustain. And to learn how and why to give your body what it needs, when it needs it.

Our next Fab 14 begins Nov. 5th (2018; after Halloween, and before Thanksgiving ... how's that for timing??). Join us!

- Jaime Rothermich, RD, CSSD, LD, CSCS