So many people tell me that they can’t lose weight, even after trying every diet known to man. They start the latest and greatest diet plan, see great results the first week, and then nothing. Or maybe they try the latest celebrity-endorsed product that promises to burn off all of your excess fat without having to change what you eat at all. I’m always happy to share the secret to long-term weight loss with anyone who will listen. It’s eating right and moving more. That’s it! Now I can’t promise you immediate and dramatic results with this plan. But consider this for a moment….did you put on the 10 pounds you want to lose this week all in one week? Probably not.
I’ve put together this list of three common reasons that your diet may not be working for you and what you can do about it. Hopefully this will help you take a realistic look at your habits and modify as needed so you can start seeing results. If you need help starting a healthy lifestyle, please feel free to reach out to me – I can help get you going!
1. Plan is too restrictive. Many of the diet plans I see are way too restrictive. One popular one has dieters consuming on 500 calories a day. That’s not enough calories for your body to perform basic functions and you will likely feel a complete lack of energy. Not to mention that you’ll be hungry all the time. Other plans have dieters eliminate certain food groups such as carbohydrates or fats. A balanced diet will contain a good amount of protein, healthy fat and good carbohydrates. Each of these components plays an integral part in our health and eliminating or severely restricting one can have detrimental effects on your body. A simple diet of real, unprocessed foods with about 50% carbohydrates, 30% healthy fats, and 20% protein will help you lose weight and choose the foods you enjoy that fit into these general ratios. Ensuring you get enough of the right calories and nutrients will help you get the scale moving in the right direction.
2. An unrealistic timeline. Just as I said earlier, you likely didn’t gain all this weight in a short amount of time so you can’t expect to lose it quickly either. I’m all about setting time-driven goals, but it is important to make sure you have a realistic goal that is broken into smaller, more manageable goals. For example, if you have 100 pounds to lose, set smaller goals, like 10 pounds. Changing your diet to healthy, real foods will not give you quick, dramatic results but it will help you establish habits that you will be able to maintain for your entire life. Our bodies know how to quickly and efficiently process real foods and they give us energy to help us move more.
3. All or nothing mentality. While I advocate a clean, healthy diet of real food, I am human too. Sometimes that slice of chocolate cake is too good to resist. So I don’t. However, I try to maintain about 90% clean eating and give myself the flexibility to enjoy other foods. This doesn’t give me permission to eat them every day but every now and then is fine. Food isn’t just about nourishing our bodies, it’s also a very social thing that we share with friends and family. Enjoying food is an important part of life. Saying that you can never have that scoop of ice cream again will only make you want it more and more until you end up eating more than you should of it. So stay away from the all or nothing mentality and allow yourself the occasional indulgence while sticking with your plan the rest of the time.
What other reasons have you found that a diet didn’t work for you? What have you found that DOES work?
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