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Diet fails explained by Ali Holman

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Have you ever tried a diet? Chances are, it failed. FOX 9 Fitness Expert Ali Holman from stopped by today to share an interesting study with us and some reasons why your diet may not work.

Here is some of the information Ali shared:

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment was a clinical study performed at the U of M in 1944. The investigation was designed to determine the physiological and psychological effects of severe and prolonged dietary restriction .

Ancel Keys was the lead investigator of the Minnesota Starvation Experiment.

Participants were put on a very strict diet, counting calories, weighing food etc. They had no prior signs of eating disorders. Among the conclusions from the study was the confirmation that prolonged semi-starvation produces significant increases in depression and hysteria. Most of the subjects experienced periods of severe emotional distress and depression. There was even self-mutilation -- one subject amputated three fingers of his hand with an axe.

Participants exhibited a preoccupation with food, both during the starvation period and the rehabilitation phase. Sexual interest was drastically reduced, and the volunteers showed signs of social withdrawal and isolation.The participants reported a decline in concentration, comprehension and judgment capabilities,

Studies show 95-98% of diets don't work, and 41 % of dieters actually gain back MORE than what they weighed before.

When you keep to a reduced-calorie diet, your body makes metabolic adjustments that make it harder and harder for you to lose weight. Your body catches on and you have to eat less and less to continue to lose weight. If you had the will to go on a diet, the fact that it steadily becomes less and less effective makes it even harder to stick to it--leading to discouragement.

Instead, focus on:

Lifestyle change

Build a support system

Change your relationship with food

Exercise if only for 20 minutes a day

Allow mistakes

To find out more about Ali's meal plans and Online Workouts, visit

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