You’ve been there, done that. Another diet has come and gone without the results you were hoping to see.
You aren’t alone. Millions of people worldwide just like you start up on a diet plan with the best of intentions. But, they never see the results they are looking for.
What gives? How come they aren’t able to overcome their weight loss woes and reach their dream body?
Is it a lack of will power?
Is it a lack of dedication?
Is it their body is simply ‘broken’?
In some cases, yes, these things do apply. But to the vast majority of cases – likely yours included, this isn’t the case at all.
In fact, chances are, you are doing everything right. It’s your plan that’s failing you.
Here are the five most common reasons that I see people fail on a day to day basis. If you find yourself in one of these, chances are, this is why you haven’t seen results yet. Fortunately, you don’t have to give up hope. I have a solution coming your way soon.
1: Lack Of Variety
Chicken breasts and brown rice. Salads and fish. Oatmeal and egg whites. Does this sound like your diet plan, day in and day out?
If yes, you have a problem. Lack of variety is one of the top reasons why most people fail at their diet and fortunately. Too many diets are far too restrictive in what they allow on the diet plan and only leave you bored and suffering from massive food cravings.
I’m sure you’ve been there before.
Now, this isn’t to say that you can find success on a diet that has you eating everything and anything under the sun, but you definitely do not need to exist on only a handful of foods.
When it comes right down to it, weight loss does boil down to calories in versus calories out. Sure, the calories you eat will make a difference in how healthy you are, but the fact of the matter is that for overall results, you just don’t need to cut out all the foods you enjoy.
Any diet worth being on will allow you to eat some of your favorite foods on occasion. If it doesn’t, that is not a diet you should be on.
2: Lack Of Real World Planning
Another big issue I see coming into play with most diets is a lack of real world planning. Sure, in the ‘perfect world’ you would have the time to prepare 6 perfectly healthy mini meals to eat throughout the day and be able to stop every 2-3 hours during your day to sit down and eat those.
Life rarely goes this way. I mean if you have kids, a career, and other demands being placed on you, you might be lucky to prepare three meals a day and find you hardly have time for bathroom breaks during the day never mind sitting down for your meals.
You need a plan that is ‘real world applicable’ as I like to call it. One that is realistic given the life you lead.
If your plan only looks good on paper but is basically mission impossible to follow in real life, you’re destined to fail right from the start.
3: Lack Of Food
Okay, now we’re on to number three: lack of food. I mean really, who can exist on 1100 calories per day?
Most of you have probably tried. I’m telling you that is a big mistake! In order to get your body comfortable to start using fat, you need to convince your brain that you are not starving.
When your brain thinks that no food is available – as it will when you eat only 1100 calories per day – it will do it’s absolute best to conserve fat to stay alive. Basically, your body holds onto its fat, rather than burning it up.
Not what you want.
Starvation diets do not work and it’s high time that you learned that. No matter how many times you’ve been told lower calories is better, the fact is, it’s not. If it was, you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
4: Lack Of Adaptation
Here’s an important thing you need to realize about any diet plan: your body is constantly changing.
Your weight is changing, your muscle mass levels are changing (if you are exercising!), your health status is changing, and on and on it goes. As humans, things are never constant.
Yet so many diets remain constant for weeks, if not months at a time. This is horribly wrong.
The problem with them remaining constant is the fact that when they do so, they prevent further progress from taking place. Sure, they might work in the beginning, but then you’ll hit that dreaded progress plateau and everything will come to a halt.
Ever seen the number on the scale get stuck? If so, welcome to the plateau. Almost everyone hits it at one point or another.
It may feel like your body is broken, but really, it’s your diet that’s broken.
5: Lack Of Flexibility
Finally, the last big mistake that causes many diets to fail is a total and utter lack of flexibility. If your diet is too rigid with a million and one rules that you must follow, do you think you’ll ever see success?
If you’re like most people, you aren’t big on rules. Especially when it comes to food.
Yes, you do need guidelines, but rules? You don’t need them. You don’t need a diet telling you that you MUST eat chicken for lunch and dinner and you can’t have anything else.
You should have the freedom to choose. Prefer turkey one day? So be it. Want some fish for dinner? That should be fine too.
Flexibility in terms the foods choices you are making (within reason of course), when you eat your food, as well as how many meals you eat per day are all important in making a diet successful.
If your diet is too rigid, you are never going to stick with it for the long term. And, chances are, you’ll blame your own lack of motivation.
It’s not a lack of motivation, it’s simply a plan that isn’t working for you.
So ask yourself, are any of these ringing true for you when considering your previous diet attempts?
If so, you’ve just found out WHY your previous diets didn’t work and there is hope for the future that you can find a plan that WILL work to deliver you weight loss success.