Ask any nutritionist and theyll tell you fad diets simply arent worth the paper theyre printed on. But that doesnt stop hundreds of thousands of people from jumping whole-heartedly from one to another, sure that theyve finally found the magic bullet that will help them lose weight forever.
Nutrition and fitness experts agree that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you simply must make certain lifestyle changes namely, a sensible eating plan and daily exercise. You need to make changes that you can carry you through life, not jump onto some quick fix best-selling diet plan.
Here are 7 reasons why these diets usually fail, and why you may find it hard to lose weight…
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1. No Long Term Goals
Fad diets are generally designed for short term, rapid weight loss. They dont help you make sustainable changes to your lifestyle that will not only help you lose weight, but help you keep it off.
You may lose a few pounds quickly, but chances are theyll be back just as fast with a few of their friends, to boot!
2. Diets Are Overly Restrictive
Most of the fad diet programs are based on incredibly restrictive diets, with long lists of foods you arent allowed to eat. Most people start out with high hopes, but their motivation soon drops off when the diet begins to feel too restrictive.
Psychologically, the fact that certain foods are prohibited can make you crave them even more! This is a big reason for cheating on a diet, and eventually giving up.
3. Skipped Meals
Another reason many dieters give up is because they skip meals to lose weight.
Skipping meals can cause you to eat fewer calories, and might even show you a short term weight loss. But eventually, your weight will plateau; skipping meals causes your metabolism to slow down, in order to conserve energy for what it perceives as a starvation.
4. Unrealistic Weight Loss Goals
When you first start a new diet, its very easy to be super enthusiastic, which can cause you to set unrealistic goals for yourself, both short term and long term.
If you dont reach the goals that you think you should, youre just setting yourself up for big disappointment. Many people get so discouraged by not making their goals that they just give up.
5. Not Exercising While You Diet
You want to know why you arent losing weight, even though you follow your diet religiously? It might be because you spend all day sitting at a computer and never get up to do any exercise.
Exercise helps you lose weight faster for a couple of reasons. First, it burns calories, which helps to widen your calorie deficit thats the difference between the number of calories you eat compared to the number of calories your body uses. The bigger the difference, the more weight you can lose.
Exercising also boosts your metabolism, and keeps your body from going into starvation mode a state where the metabolism slows down and your body reserves as much fat as it can, causing a weight plateau.
Exercising also builds muscle, so you literally increase your ability to burn calories, because muscles use more energy than fat does.
6. Not Dealing With Stress Appropriately
Stress is a big reason for diet failure. Well, its not really the stress itself; its the way that people deal with it.
Many overweight people have a habit of reaching for comfort foods when they feel stressed out. Not dealing with stress appropriately can lead to binge eating, which creates guilt and causes more binge eating a vicious cycle.
Chronic stress over the long term can also increase levels of cortisol, which can lead to reduced response from the thyroid, slower metabolism and increased fat storage just not a healthy situation.
7. Thinking A Slip-up Means Youve Failed
We all recognize that no one is perfect; yet so many people think that one mistake in their diet means theyve blown the whole thing.
Even if youve been breezing a long doing great, eventually the day will come where you order the large fries instead of the salad; or maybe it will be the night youre feeling low and eat a whole pint of Ben and Jerrys.
It doesnt mean your diet is a failure! You dont have to let one off day blow all your hard work. Unfortunately, many people get so down on themselves, theyll turn one little slip into a week of binge eating almost as self-punishment.
Dont be that person! Recognize that one meal or one pint of ice cream isnt the end of the world, and tomorrow youll be right back to doing the good stuff, loving your body and taking care of it! Because thats what it really takes to lose weight loving yourself, and wanting to do whats best for YOU.