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5 Reasons Most Diets Fail, and How to Succeed

5 Reasons Most Diets Fail, and How to Succeed

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Body rebellion

Drastic or too-strict diets can trigger mood swings, headaches, physical and mental fatigue, irritability, digestive upset, and brain fog. Too few calories and too little carbs seem to be the biggest culprits. 

Build in an extra snack, increasing portions, or adding back som...

Hunger

Chronic hunger generally indicates that your diet is imbalanced or inadequate, which can cause your body to conserve energy and resist weight loss.

Include healthy foods that boost satiety and keep you fuller longer, namely those high in lean protein (organic eggs, poultry, fish, be...

Trying to be "perfect" week after week typically leads to feelings of deprivation, resentment, even anger or depression, and culminates in either binge eating, or diet abandonment.

Ditch the "all or nothing" mentality. In that mindset, one small diet deviation triggers thoughts like...

Social pressure

One recent study found that friends who eat together consume more food than those paired with strangers, and friends give each other "permission" to overeat.

Break the eating-as-entertainment pattern. Rather than scheduling social time around happy hour and dinners out, mix things u...

Emotions

We're practically programmed from birth to use food emotionally. We bond and celebrate over meals, use food to show our affection, bring others food in times of crisis, and use food as a means of comfort.

When you're really sad, angry, or scared, and you know that eating ice cream is...

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