My top reasons and solutions to help you re-create your diet
There are many reasons why diets fail but they tend to fall in to two categories:
So why have I put physical in the group? Surely this is obvious. You could be trying a diet because you are overweight or obese (how do you know if you are overweight or obese? With the BMI calculator). If this is the case then you are right. It is obvious that you are dieting for physical reasons.
But what if your BMI is normal (or worse, underweight)? If you try dieting for weight loss then you are using psychological reasons! Why? Because you aren’t fat! You don’t need to lose weight but your mind is telling you that you have to.
Remind you of anyone?
Skip down to reason no.1 of why diets fail if this is you or someone you know. Or read on for more detail on the category of psychology.
Remember, there are plenty of psychological reasons that can lead you to dieting for weight loss. These are mainly issues with your state of mind, be it positive or more often, negative. A negative state of mind can lead you to a diet that will not work!!! This forms a small part of why diets fail.
Okay. Let’s get to it. Below, you will find my top reasons on why diets fail AND some tips that can help you overcome those issues.
1) Dieting for the wrong reasons.
An event is coming up and there are going to be loads of people involved. Perhaps it’s a wedding or a get together and you’re worried about being the biggest person in the group. So you go on a diet. But it won’t matter if it’s the best diet in the world. Why? Because you are dieting for the wrong reasons!
This is just an example. The root of this reasoning is that you are dieting for someone else. You’re trying to get their approval, make them jealous or to shame them. But it’s not about them. It’s about you! Dieting like this is fuelling you with negative energy. Carry on like this and you’ll feel so low you may become the most miserable person you know!
2) Dieting at the wrong time.
This leads on from my 1st reason why diets fail. Strictly speaking, there is no best time to start dieting but if you are in the wrong mind frame a diet is unlikely to work.
If you are emotionally drained, behind schedule or stressed, a diet can become overwhelming especially if a special dinner with family and friends is around the corner.
You will never be able to get rid of all of your stress but if you don’t feel in control of your life, you will never be in control of your diet.
Relax! Here are some tips.
At least three times a day, you should take a 10 minute time-out to chill. But PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Do not eat anything when you do this. Avoid all distractions! Focus on yourself and listen to your mind, body and soul. It may sound weird but after a while you’ll notice things about yourself and the life around you that will improve your mood. Just try it!
- Do this when you wake up (maybe after you brush your teeth and splash some water on your face.) Trust me. Do this and you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
- When you get back home from work, a day out or if you were at home all day, a little before you eat supper.
- And finally, just before you go to bed. There’s nothing worse than going to bed with negative energy. It won’t just disappear! You’ll either toss and turn in the night or wake up in the morning blaming everyone within 100 yards of you!
If you have kids get them to do a fun task like draw a picture for you or complete a puzzle whilst you relax yourself. Anything will do as long as it is NOT a chore and NOT a competition. Just be honest, they should respect that.
Only when you feel in control of your life should you think about dieting. But don’t start yet! Your diet might not work if you don’t realise the other reasons why diets fail!
3) Setting the wrong goals.
If you have diabetes or one of its symptoms, high blood pressure, then concentrating on losing weight is NOT the most important goal. Your most important goal may be, eating a balanced diet to reduce these levels.Want to know how to create a balanced diet catered for you? Click here for the basics
Remember diabetes and high blood pressure accompanies obesity, not the other way around. Concentrate on reducing these levels and your weight will follow suit.
4) Setting unrealistic goals.
“I’m going to lose 10 stone in 1 month!” or “I’m going to go in the gym every day for a month for 2hours a session!” or “No carbs for me. I’m on a strict diet I won’t touch a single cracker let alone a biscuit.”
These are all ridiculous goals that will require drastic changes to your lifestyle. Your body won’t cope with these changes especially if your diet has little or no flexibility.
Some people consider this as another reason why diets fail. Little or no flexibility can cause you to feel sick of the limited choices available in your diet, anger your taste buds and ultimately push you into eating your favourite junk food!
So how do you set realistic goals?
The best goals are S.M.A.R.T ones (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time Specific). Measurable means that you have to know if your goals are being achieved. Do this by measuring/weighing yourself every now and then. But be Time Specific i.e I’ll measure myself once a week
If your goals do not fit ALL of these letters you’ll end up feeling frustrated when you don’t meet these targets, lose the motivation to stick with your diets and all too often, end up getting into your old eating habits that put you in this situation in the first place!
This is a very simple reason why diets fail that can be fixed with a bit of planning and motivation.
5) You unintentionally neglect your body whilst on the diet.
It’s very easy to focus your mind on only a few small details whilst on a diet. But if this is the only thing on your mind you can easily fall into the trap of neglecting other factors that could aid your diet.
This negative effect can be multiplied by many factors on the why diets fail page and can put unnecessary stress on your body. This can cause you to age faster and age badly, which can lead to far worse conditions than diabetes!
If you’d like some tips on slowing down your ageing rate – looking and feeling great in the process – check out the agewell website here.
6) Depriving/Starving the body of nutrients.
There are a lot of diets that require you to significantly or totally cut out certain nutrients in the body. Our bodies are very complex machines and require a wide array of nutrients to function efficiently.
For example, a lot of diets restrict the amounts of fatty foods consumed but some fats are not just good for you, they’re essential. Omegas 3, 6 & 9 are critical for our brains and for preventing disease.
Starve the body of nutrients and your body will go into a state called ketosis. I like to call it, famine mode. This will slow your metabolism, the very thing you need to improve. This is a very important medical note on why diets fail!
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