Top 3 Reasons Diets Fail
Did you know that almost 95% of Americans who try to lose weight by dieting are ultimately unsuccessful? What are the reasons diets fail?
(There’s a reason new diets are always coming out.)
You might even be a part of that 95th percentile. And that’s okay. We’ve all been there at one point or another.
The question is, why?
Why have so many of us failed to maintain a healthy diet, even when we genuinely want to lose weight and be healthier?
Why can we not stay motivated to eat healthier?
The truth is we might never know the real answers behind those questions. But over the years, scientists and researchers have been able to find ways to increase our chances of maintaining a healthy diet for more than a couple of weeks.
Below, you’ll find the top three reasons (or obstacles) why people tend to consistently fail at dieting, along with the specific steps to take in order to overcome the obstacle and finally get your diet on track.
Top 3 Reasons Diets Fail
#1 Reason Diets Fail:
Your diet is too strict.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a diet that lets you eat as many chips, cookies, and chocolate as you want and still allow you to lose weight.
The simple truth is that those foods promote weight gain… not fat loss.
For that reason, most diets restrict those foods from their meal plan altogether. But as you attempt to strictly follow the meal plan, your body and mind is essentially shocked by the fear of never enjoying those foods again.
Still, you persist for a couple of weeks, not giving in to your cravings… until the day where you “fall off the wagon” and binge eat on chocolate and cakes and chips for the entire day.
You tasted the “forbidden fruit” and it was magnificent. And while you might get back on track for a couple of days, your diet is now doomed. This is one of the top reasons diets fail.
The Solution: Give yourself permission to eat the foods (treats) that you love in small quantities and on a semi-regular basis. Eating a small piece of chocolate here and there or a small bag of chips will not ruin your diet. Once you give yourself permission, the pressure and cravings will be far less severe and more manageable.
#2 of the reasons diets fail:
You don’t view your diet as a lifestyle change.
Most people view a diet as nothing more than a temporary fix to their prevalent weight issue. They don’t view it as a long-term tool and resource for living a healthier life.
In their minds, they’re shedding ten pounds for summer vacation or twenty pounds for the wedding day. They’re NOT losing weight to be healthier or feel better.
But this mindset opens the door for their subconscious to sabotage all of the progress they’ve made up to this point.
They haven’t accepted that this new diet is a permanent part of their life… so subconsciously they already hold the frame that they will one day return to eating the unhealthy foods that got them to this point in the first place.
What happens more often than not is that the person never even realizes their short-term goal – losing the ten pounds for summer or twenty pounds for the wedding.
Not viewing the diet as a lifestyle change is one of the main reasons diets fail.
The Solution: View your new diet as a lifestyle change – the beginning of a much healthier and satisfying lifestyle. You’re not dieting solely to lose weight… you’re dieting to be in the best shape of your life! Something as simple as that is all it takes to stick with a diet for the long haul.
#3 of the reasons diets fail:
You’re too impatient.
We live in a society where we want “it”, and we want “it” NOW!
We start a new diet and expect to see visual results in the next week (if that). And if we don’t see any visible results, we’re quitting the diet because it sucks.
Sure, our motivation may fuel us on a little longer, but once it runs out and the results aren’t showing, you better believe we’re switching back to double cheeseburgers and super-sized fries.
We need to practice the art of patience.
We need to understand that the results we witnessed on the before-and-after videos took place in “video time” within a couple of minutes. But in the real world, it took that person 30, 60, or 90 days to get those results.
They practiced the art of patience. And we need to follow them.
Patience is one of the many reasons diets fail.
The Solution: It’s simple (but difficult). Start the diet with the expectation that it will be several weeks before you see any real visible results from your efforts. For some of us, it could even take a couple of months. Don’t forget this as time progresses. And when you find yourself dwelling on your “lack of results,” stop that negative frame of thinking ASAP and get optimistic about how you amazing you will look three months from now.
How about you? Do you have your own reasons diets fail? Reasons why you can’t seem to stick with a diet for more than a month or two? Feel free to share them with rest of us in the comment section below!
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