Dieting is something that most of us have tried in the past. Whether it’s going on a nutrient-strict diet that attempts to strip certain things like carbs from your day or following a low-calorie diet in order to lose excess weight, dieting can sometimes be put in a bad light. In fact, there are probably hundreds of articles on the internet talking about why dieting never works or how small changes can make a bigger difference than a drastic diet. Some of these articles have merit, but most of them are jumping on the bandwagon of “diets don’t work!” and will exaggerate their claims just to get views and stir more controversy.
Sadly, this just misinformation and for many people, diets can help in more ways than they would imagine. In fact, you might even believe much of it because you’ve tried to diet in the past but you’ve seen the same thing; it just doesn’t work out for you, you’re end up paying a lot for foods you don’t usually eat and you feel upset at the end of the dieting period and you’ve not lost weight. To help you out, we’ve put together four of the most common reasons why your dieting isn’t working and how you can fix it.
Are you having too many cheat days with your diet? It could be the thing ruining your diet the most! (Image: Pexels)
1. You’re not sticking with it for long enough
Diets can help you lose weight, but only if you stick with them for long enough. The truth is, if you burn only 100 more calories than you consume in a single day, you’re still going to lose weight but at a much slower pace. If you stick with it for long enough you’ll eventually see results, but this isn’t what people want to be told. People want instant gratification so they try to consume as few calories as they can one day, but then they’ll binge out on their cheat day or they’ll only be able to stick with it for a couple of days before they give up.
The key here is to make lifestyle changes that you can actually stick with. Don’t go on a diet that doesn’t suit your tastes or one that puts you too far out of your comfort zone. If it’s something you can turn into a habit and includes foods that you already eat on a regular basis, then you can always stick to it and make it work for you.
There are some really easy switches to make which will benefit you long term: change your cooking oil for healthy oils, cutting out snacks and switching sugar drinks for water are simple changes which make a big difference.
2. You haven’t found the right diet for you
Speaking of diets that can fit your needs, you also need to find the right diet. There are things like the shake that weight diet which involve soups and shakes to help you lose weight, there’s the infamous Atkins diet that is fantastic for meat lovers and there are also some diets that revolve around eating nothing but natural food.
Whatever diet you pick, it has to connect with you and be relevant to your interests and needs. If you hate the foods you’re eating, then it’s going to be a terrible idea to stick to your diet and force yourself into it.
Going out for dinner, partying and special events with lots of snacks and food can add lots of calories to your day, especially if you’re not watching what you eat! (Image: Pexels)
3. The diet you picked includes exercise
Some diets have a small fine print that say you must exercise for a certain amount each day. These are the types of diets that are usually scams or not worth your time because exercise can make anyone slimmer as long as they watch their calories. It doesn’t need to be a specific diet or types of foods that you have to eat as long as you’re mindful of how much you consume each day. However, it is completely possible to lose weight without having to exercise much at all, and this is what most good diets hope to achieve.
4. You’re not watching your portions
Another good point is to watch your portions. Make sure you’re sticking to the exact amounts that each cooking plan or diet guide is giving you. If you eat more than the intended portions, then you’re consuming excess calories that need to be cut out in order to lose weight.
Much of this advice is general information about how you should approach eating in the first place. If you want a healthy transformation then it’s incredibly important that you try your best to stick to this advice instead of aiming for silly “crash” diets that just aren’t sustainable. Remember that the word diet should mean the types of foods that you eat on a regular basis. It should become a regular thing, not something you do temporarily unless you have the discipline to stick with it for temporary weight gains or loss.