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The Top 10 Reasons Why Diets Fail

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The Top 10 Reasons Why Diets Fail
You already know that the key to success isn't to "diet" at all, rather it's to change your bad habits into good ones, so let's take a quick look at why it's so hard to stick to the plan. I actually think that this subject could provide enough thoughts and information to justify a book in its own right.

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Lack of Willpower

It takes discipline and strength of character to effect a fundamental change in any of our ingrained habits, but once the momentum has been created, and the sense of satisfaction and well-being becomes your constant companion, you can do it.

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Poor Support Structure

Behind every successful person is a positive and reinforcing social structure.

Surround yourself with positive, reinforcing characters who want you to succeed and buy into your long-term happiness and fulfillment.

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Unrealistic Expectations

If you are 50lbs overweight and give yourself five weeks to get ripped abs or tight buns, you are quite simply setting yourself up for failure.

This body is achievable, it isn't going to happen overnight, but if you set yourself a goal and motivate yourself it is achievable. 

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Lack of Clear Goals

Vague goals can scupper your motivation and progress, so too can the lack of clear and precise goals.

Draw up a plan of where you want to go, and how you are going to get there step by step. 

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Too Goal Oriented

Just as a lack of goals will derail you, being overly focused on goals to the detriment of everything around you will have the same effect.

A setback (a missed goal on the weighing scales, a lapse in our healthy eating plan) is just a temporary, fleeting thing, and that we have tomorrow to get back on track.

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Fad Dieting

Anything that is short-term and unsustainable, in other words, anything that doesn’t instil new and long-lasting habits in your food intake, is both a fad and counterproductive to your long-term success.

If you can’t incorporate and apply what you do (in this case your diet) into the real world around you, then surely it is of no use at all.

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Crash Dieting

It reflects our desire for instant gratification and the all too human reluctance to be patient.

Drastically reduced calorific intake shunts the body into 'starvation mode'. This effectively slows down metabolism and causes you to convert almost everything that you consume into energy-storing fat cells in case you encounter “famine” conditions again, and your body needs something to feed off.

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Flawed Understanding of Basic Nutrition

Many people lack even the basic ability to distinguish between a carbohydrate and a protein. 

Read some books, or consult a professional – better yet, do both.

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Hidden Calories

Fruit juices (the worst and most common culprit), excessive salad dressings, ketchup, and full fat (or even semi-skimmed) milk in tea/coffee are all to be avoided by the prudent dieter seeking healthy and sustainable fat loss.

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Ignoring Exercise

The majority of the calories you burn each day are determined by your resting metabolic rate (RMR).

RMR is largely a function of how much muscle you have on your frame, and how hard that muscle is made to work. Therefore adding activities that promote or maintain muscle mass will make your body work harder and elevate your metabolism. Weight training is the single best form of exercise for achieving these goals.

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People struggle to keep weight off

Researchers have observed weight regain following weight loss across a range of populations and types of weight-loss diets.

Why long-term weight loss is so hard

The brain’s response to caloric restriction tends to be to increase cravings for foods that are highly rewarding and reducing our perception of being full. 

Diets frequently fail because they have an endpoint and are not a real lifestyle change. Maintaining a lifestyle that promotes a healthy weight and metabolism is often a lifelong journey. 

Maintaining weight loss

The actual food you eat isn’t the main thing that enables you to keep weight off.

Maintaining a weight-reduced state is a lifelong journey and many dietary approaches can work to facilitate weight loss and keep it off.

Your metabolism

It is in every cell in your body. It refers to a series of chemical processes in each cell that turn the calories you eat into fuel to keep you alive.

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How we burn energy

There are 3 main ways:

  • the basal metabolism, the energy used for your body's basic functioning while at rest
  • the energy used to break down food (also known as the thermic effect of food)
  • the energy used in physical activity.

Most of the energy you burn is from your resting metabolism.

Metabolism variations

Metabolism can vary a lot between people, and researchers don't understand why.

2 people with the same size and body composition can have different metabolic rates. One can consume a huge meal and gain no weight, while the other has to carefully count calories to not gain weight.

Reject the diet mentality

Dieting isn’t sustainable. Quick-fix plans cannot deliver lasting results.
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he first principle of intuitive eating is to stop dieting—and to stop believing societ...

Honor your hunger

Eat a sufficient amount of calories and carbohydrates to keep your body “fed” and satiated. Once you learn to recognize these signals in your own body, it becomes much easier to trust your instincts and repair unhealthy relationships with food.

Make peace with food

Give yourself “unconditional permission to eat.”

People realize they don’t really want that food that was forbidden before; they just got caught up in society telling them they couldn’t have it.