4 Reasons Diets Fail
It is a truth that we try to ignore at the onset of our dieting plans but the fact is that more dieters fail than succeed. This fact alone is enough to make you give up and order a pizza but educating yourself is the key.
But I strongly believe deep down we’re stronger and more resilient than that.
Learning why diets fail and understanding what to watch for will give you the upper hand!
4 Reasons Diets Fail #1: You’re a Commit-a-phobe!
The fact is that your diet is only going to be as successful as you want it to be. You are the one that decides what goes in your mouth and you are the one that decides how much your body moves. Lots of people “want to lose weight” or “look better” but you have to want it enough to do the work.
What does this mean? It means you need to do the research about nutrition. You need to honestly evaluate your current diet and make the necessary changes in food items, portions size, meals per day, and snacks.
You also need to look at your exercise routine. Chances are, if you want to lose weight, your energy output is minimal. Maybe you don’t have the time and money for a gym membership but could check out some of the free home workout plans on this site? Maybe invest in some gear for your home workouts? Throw all your excuses out the window and figure out what will work for you.
4 Reasons Diets Fail #2: Forgiveness is Key
Before giving into the self-loathing a small (or big) slip-up can cause look at the situation logically. If you have followed your diet plan well for a week and then slipped up on Sunday the truth still remains that you have 7 days of eating well and, hopefully, exercising. 7 days of caloric output instead of gain. Why should you feel bad about one mistake in the face of so much success?
The fact is that we are all human and we are all going to eat some chocolate or have an extra beer now and then. And that is fine. If you do your best to eat healthy and exercise in a reasonable manner on a regular basis you can have small indulgences now and then.
4 Reasons Diets Fail #3: Get Real!
Do you honestly think you will be able to eat soup for every meal for the rest of your life or that you will never have sugar or bread again? Fad diets and quick fixes don’t work in the long run. You need a realistic plan that incorporates healthy foods and regular exercise.
No, you won’t lose 50lbs overnight but you will be able to maintain a steady weight loss and keep it off. By changing your habits and your ideas about what is healthy you will re-educate yourself and find success.
4 Reasons Diets Fail #4: There is no Diet Magic
Don’t expect to lose 10 lbs because you eat well and exercise for a week. It takes time for your body to adjust. And the fact is that losing extreme amounts of weight in a short time is actually really bad for body.
Slow and steady wins the race. 1-2 lbs a week is the norm for a healthy meal plan and regular exercise routine. It might not be as easy as “abracadabra!” but it will be long lasting.
Here are some suggestions for next steps to make sure you succeed with your weight loss and training program:
- If you haven’t yet sign up to my newsletter which includes the free Body Transformation in 5 Days Course
- Plan and organize to keep your motivation high – read Weight Loss Motivation Tips: Advanced
- Make sure you have the right pre-workout nutrition – read Pre Workout Energy Foods
- If you’re having problems with not recovering from your workouts – read Muscle Recovery Supplements