Reasons Why 95% Of Diets Fail

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Diets Fail for 10 Reasons & How to Fix It 

Diets Fail for 10 Reasons & How to Fix It

I have to admit that the above title is deceptive; diets do not fail; it is the people who follow them who fail. You already know that the key to success isn't to "diet," but to change your bad habits into good ones, so let's look at why sticking to the plan is so difficult.

I believe that this topic could generate enough ideas and information to warrant a book in and of itself. However, in order to avoid depressing you and keep the bad news short and sweet, let's look at the top (or perhaps "bottom 10," which is a better title on so many levels!) There are ten reasons why people fail.


1. A lack of motivation

We live in an era of instant gratification, with on-demand movies, online shopping, and microwave meals zapped and on your plate in under three minutes. So it appears that the general consensus is that if I want that bar of chocolate, I want it now, and why shouldn't I?

I can give you a hundred reasons why not, starting with those love handles on the back of your hips that sit so attractively over your belt, but I'm not going to be there when you're staring at the candy counter at the gas station. You must desire to make a difference for yourself, because in the end, it is up to you and no one else.

To make a fundamental change in any of our ingrained habits, it takes discipline and character strength, but once the momentum is established and a sense of fulfillment and well-being You can do it if you make it your constant companion.


2. Inadequate Support Structure

We all require assistance. Remember the old adage, "there's a good woman behind every good man"? Yes, that is correct; however, I believe I can update it slightly by saying that "behind every successful person is a positive and reinforcing social structure." Perhaps not as catchy as the original, but far more relevant to our modern 21st-century world.

Negative people rob you of your life; they don't want you to succeed because, by daring to be different and break free from the norm, you expose the scarcity and inadequacy of their own existence. These are the so-called "friends" who will constantly question why you want to improve yourself, why you work harder than they do, why you want to take control of your life, whether through diet, exercise, or just general self-discipline.

We've all met people like this; the smart ones get rid of the negative and surround themselves with people who want you to succeed and believe in your long-term happiness and fulfillment.


Expectations that are unrealistic

Always undersell and over-deliver on any client-focused service, whether it's personal training or anything else.

We all know that doing the opposite leads to disappointment and a nagging sense of unhappiness. So, why set yourself up for these negative and disempowering emotions by having completely unrealistic expectations?

You may aspire to have a body like Brad Pitt's or Oliver Proudlock's, or even Lara Croft's athletic curves and moves, but let's be honest for a moment. You are simply setting yourself up for failure if you are 50 pounds overweight and give yourself five weeks to get ripped abs or tight buns. With failure comes disappointment, derailment, and a gradual (or rapid) return to your bad habits and easy self-gratification comfort zone.

This body is attainable; it won't happen overnight, but it is attainable if you set a goal for yourself and stay motivated.


4. A lack of clear objectives

Lack of clear and precise goals can sabotage your motivation and progress in the same way that unrealistic, vague goals can. Would you take a car trip to a place you've never been before without a map in the hopes of getting where you think you might want to go and ever expect to arrive? No

You'd become frustrated, bored, and disoriented, and you'd inevitably return to your starting point because it's the only place where you feel at ease and know your way around. Imagine planning your journey, laying out a step-by-step plan of where you want to go and how you'll get there. You know which roads to take and that each waypoint you pass brings you closer to your final destination.

When embarking on any action that takes you outside of your normal modes of behavior, this is the only approach to take. You'll only succeed in the long haul (the only haul worth succeeding in) if you have clear goals to work toward and benchmark your progress against, whether it's a fitness regimen, a career advancement, or enforcing new nutritional habits (note, I don't say dieting!).



5. You're Way Too Goal-Oriented!

This isn't a case of me contradicting myself. Just as a lack of goals will derail you, being overly focused on goals to the exclusion of everything else will do the same.

"If" by Rudyard Kipling is one of my favorite poems, and we should all have it printed on our bathroom mirrors to remind us every morning and night that a setback (a missed goal on the weighing scales, a lapse in our healthy eating plan) is only a temporary setback, and that we can get back on track tomorrow.


Dieting fads

The fad diet is the king of the dieting world in an age of marketing gimmicks and quick fixes. To put it bluntly, the Grapefruit Diet, the Cabbage Diet, and even the Atkins Diet (which has many positive aspects that I will discuss in a later article) are all a waste of time.

Anything that is both a fad and counterproductive to your long-term success is, in my opinion, anything that is short-term and unsustainable, in other words, anything that does not instill new and long-lasting habits in your food intake.

Fad diets and unsustainable eating plans are almost always unhealthy and nutritionally inadequate, and they always fail, returning their users to a worse state than when they started!


7. Rapid Weight Loss

Crash dieting, a close cousin of fad dieting, exemplifies our desire for instant gratification and our all-too-human inability to wait.

However, the tortoise triumphed over the hare, and in dieting terms, the tortoise crosses the finish line first, while the hare burns out and retires before the race has even reached halfway. All too often, I meet desperate people who genuinely believe that after a period of dieting, their bodies will always yoyo back to their starting point.

The main reason this happens so frequently is that instead of following a sensible long-term eating plan that can be adapted for everyday use (in other words, and I know I'm sounding like a broken record, it should be about instilling new habits and eating patterns), these unfortunate souls go all out to lose all of their excess weight in the shortest possible time, plunging hell for leather into semi-starvation in an attempt to satisfy the desire for instant gratification.

However, I would hope that the threat of nutritional deficiencies leading to everything from brittle bones and temporary infertility to a decreased thyroid and wasted muscle tone would deter anyone.

If it isn't, and you're more concerned with appearance (and more fool you if that's the case), know that drastically reduced caloric intake puts the body into'starvation mode.' This effectively slows your metabolism to that of a drunken snail, causing you to convert almost all of your food into energy-storing fat cells in case you experience "famine" conditions again and your body requires food.

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8. A Basic Nutritional Understanding that Is Incomplete and Flawed

This country's lack of nutritional education never ceases to amaze me. I believe we can all agree that food isn't just there to fill our bellies – it plays a critical role in everything from our mental acuity to our physical energy, appearance, and longevity. So, why do so many people struggle to tell the difference between a carbohydrate and a protein? Read some books or seek advice from a professional – or do both!


9. Calories Hiding in Plain Sight

My pet peeve is hidden calories. Too often, I hear the groans of frustrated dieters who claim to be doing everything I ask, only for me to painstakingly audit their food diaries and discover problem after problem caused by so-called "hidden calories."

Fruit juices (the worst and most common offender), excessive salad dressings, ketchup (you'd be surprised how much some people use! ), and full fat (or even semi-skimmed) milk in tea/coffee should all be avoided by the prudent dieter seeking healthy and long-term fat loss.


10. Ignoring Physical Activity

The food choices you make are the life and death of any fat loss program. It's important to remember, though, that your resting metabolic rate determines the majority of the calories you burn each day (RMR).

The calories you burn outside of your RMR through exercise and the thermogenic effect of food make up a small portion of the total calories you burn per day.

RMR is largely determined by the amount of muscle on your frame and how hard that muscle is forced to work. As a result, including activities that promote or maintain muscle mass will force your body to work harder and raise your metabolism. What is the single most effective form of exercise for achieving these objectives?

The food choices you make are the life and death of any fat loss program. It's important to remember, though, that your resting metabolic rate determines the majority of the calories you burn each day (RMR). The calories you burn outside of your RMR through exercise and the thermogenic effect of food make up a small portion of the total calories you burn per day.

RMR is largely determined by the amount of muscle on your frame and how hard that muscle is forced to work. As a result, including activities that promote or maintain muscle mass will force your body to work harder and raise your metabolism. What is the single most effective form of exercise for achieving these objectives? Yes, you guessed it – lifting weights! A minimum of thrice-weekly resistance training sessions are always included in the smart dieter's routine.

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