What You Ought To Know Before Trying Another Diet.
Read on to discover what not to do if you are serious about losing weight.
Last year, according to ABC News, more than 100 million people in America were on a diet. They also report that the average dieter tries to succeed at dieting four to five times annually. If you stop to think about that for a minute that means the average dieter likely stays on any given diet for less than two or three months. That’s not a long time, and if they’re dieting four or five times a year that also indicates that most dieters aren’t achieving success – they’re not losing the weight. Does this scenario sound familiar to you? So, why do most people fail?
Top 10 Reasons Why People Fail to Lose Weight
Too many people set out to lose weight and end up failing or giving up. The good news is that being prepared and understanding why people fail can help prevent you making the same mistakes. Go through this list, see if any of them sound like something you’ve done (or not done) and discover how you can overcome these failures so you start losing the weight and keep it off.
#10 Doing a fad diet. Fad diets don’t work.
That’s the main reason they get coined with the term “fad.” They are here today and going tomorrow. Only eating plans that have stood the test of time lose the phrase “fad diet” and become popular and well known. Atkins and South Beach that are two that have stood the test of time and turned into healthy eating plans. Many doctors and nutritionist are finally coming on board with these two diets. Following the latest diet craze in the newest edition of some women’s magazine is generally not a diet or eating plan you will stick to in the long run. To ensure you have life-long results, you need to make life-long changes in your eating habits.
#9 Eating too few calories.
You know you need to cut calories to lose weight, but restricting your caloric intake too severely will not only have adverse effects on your body, this plan will back fire. A calorie is a unit of fuel. Your body needs fuel to function. When you restrict your daily calorie intake too far below what you need, the body will think it’s going into starvation mode and will start taking nutrients from the muscles. You need those muscles. A better approach is to eat the recommended daily calorie allowance for your size and weight loss goals and start adding some muscle building exercises. Muscles burn fat so adding more muscle will keep your metabolism and the fat burning process going. You may notice a slight increase in weight at first, but keep it up. Before long you’ll notice the pounds of fat coming off because the muscles are using that fat as energy/fuel.
#8 Going too long between meals.
Waiting too long to eat can have negative effects in your weight loss process too. The body’s metabolism keeps at a good pace as long as it has something to work with. When you skip meals or wait too long the eat, it will slow down your metabolism, thus slowing down the fat burning process as well. It’s best to eat several small meals per day, plus have several snacks in between meals. Make sure these are healthy snacks, but eating every few hours will keep your metabolism stoked and ready to go.
#7 Unrealistic weight loss goals.
Setting unrealistic weight loss goals, like expecting to lose ten pounds in one week is another cause of failure. If you don’t lose those ten pounds you’ll soon give up trying. A better goal is one pound per week. That doesn’t sound like much, but over the course of a several weeks or even months it will add up. You didn’t put on those extra pounds in a few days, you can’t expect to lose them in a few days.
#6 Failing to organize and plan ahead.
Not planning ahead and being organized with your weight loss plans is another cause of failure. If you don’t have a plan or a goal to reach, how do you expect to get there? Having a plan means you know when to add an exercise or change up your routine, how many days per week you plan to workout, or even there will be days you need to watch your calories more closely because of a special occasion.
#5 Failing to stock up on the right foods.
If you don’t have healthy foods and snacks in your home, you’re more likely to grab some junk food when you get hungry. You have to keep good foods on hand so they are available to you at all times. Keep fresh fruits and vegetables well stocked so you can grab those instead of cookies or crackers the next time you want a snack. Go ahead and chop some up into bite-sized pieces and keep them in storage containers so you can grab them quickly. This is especially helpful if you’ve gone too long without eating and need something quick.
#4 Failing to get rid of temptations.
If you keep bad foods around, like chips, cookies, cake or crackers you’re more likely to grab those for a quick fix when you get hungry. The old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” is especially true of food. If you’re craving something and it’s in your home chances are you will grab it instead of the fruit or other healthy snacks. Make sure you clean out your pantry before trying a new weight loss plan.
#3 Not exercising.
It doesn’t matter how much you cut your calories, you’ll get faster results if you exercise. There are many fad diets that claim you can lose weight without exercise, but the truth is the body was designed to move. You don’t have to jump into a full-blown fitness guru mode, but you do need to start getting more daily activity into your routine. You can start by walking or doing a light aerobics training a few times each week. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply start getting out and moving more so you speed up the fat burning process and get your metabolism into a higher gear.
#2 Not having a plan.
This is similar to the one above. If you don’t have a plan made out for your weight loss journey you won’t have guidelines to stick to. It’s much easier to give up if you don’t have something written down on your calendar to remind you to get out and exercise or when to increase your exercise. Also, if you plan to introduce new foods into your eating plan, you need some kind of guide to go by. You may want to add one food per week or one every other week. When you have this written down you don’t have to question when or which food it is, you simply look at your plan.
#1 Failing to start.
The number one reason that people don’t reach weight loss success is that they simply don’t start. They keep talking about it, maybe even keep planning it, but until they take action and start working those plans, nothing will happen. You don’t have to start off with starving yourself. You just need to start. You can start by cutting out some junk foods and replacing them with healthier snacks. Start walking 2 or 3 days per week until you can work up to more. The key to success with anything is to start the program. Sticking to it may be hard, but until you start you will not get anywhere. Don’t set yourself up to fail at losing weight. Plan ahead, have healthy, low-fat food at hand, eat regularly and get enough calories so you don’t slow down your metabolism, and do the exercise. That’s it!