Why Diets Fail and What To Do About It

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If you are overweight, and have tried diets, you have probably failed. Alternatively, you have lost the desired weight to put it back on once you went of the diet. There are many different reasons for these failures, not all of which are your fault.

Many diets, even though designed for weight loss, starve your body of proper nutrients and actually make you hungrier than normal. Say your diet consists of 3 meals a day, but you are really hungry due to the lack of nutrients and calories. Here’s what happens, you end up munching on foods that will fill you up. When your body gets this hungry, all of the calories you eat are stored for energy – meaning you cannot burn them.

If you cannot burn the calories you are eating – because you are starving – what do you think happens? This is where weight gain comes into play. These calories turn into fat which is stored in various different places throughout your body. Over time this causes weight gain.

Everyone is different, some may gain weight quickly after dieting, and others gain weight over a length of time. This is all dependent upon your genes, how much you’re actually eating, and how much exercise you are getting throughout your day. (Yes, this exercise even includes walking to the kitchen on break, walking to lunch, walking around the office, etc.)

So the big question is how do you make a diet work? The first thing is to NOT diet! Losing weight is about eating right, exercising, and becoming healthy – NOT about dieting. The definition of a diet is “a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight” – the key word being “sparingly”. Yes you should eat a low-calorie diet, but not to the point where you are becoming unhealthy.

Eating smaller portioned meals 5 – 6 times a day, and eating the right foods, will help anyone to lose a few pounds. (The word “few” is used very loosely here, as each person is different. There are people who have lost 20 pounds by simply eating smaller portions more often throughout the day and stopping when they are full.)

You need to focus on becoming healthy, not on losing weight. Doing this not only helps your emotional state, but it keeps you from being easily influenced by friends and family who don’t understand what you are doing. Our mind works in funny ways, thinking you are fat and constantly telling yourself that you need to lose weight will actually have an adverse effect on you. Don’t allow yourself to do this!

Exercising is another important factor in becoming healthy and losing weight. Your body naturally burns a number of calories throughout the day. (What you do for work and all day affects the amount of calories you burn.) Unless you are extremely active, you probably will not burn more calories than you eat. This is where exercise comes into play. A simple routine of cardiovascular, strength, and stretching – even if it is 20-30 minutes a day – will help to burn additional calories and strengthen your overall health.

Combine everything in this article and you are on your way to a healthy you. Whatever you do, don’t let external factors affect you. This is about you and you only – no one else. Do what makes you happy, stick with your goals, and focus on your future.

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