8 REASONS YOUR DIET IS FAILING
We live in a time where everyone seems to care how they look, which means weight loss comes to the forefront of A LOT of women’s mind. But yet so many are failing, why?
Starting Too Aggressively
Probably the most common mistake that people make in dieting is starting off too aggressively.
It’s surprising how many people don’t realise that the reason diets work is a calorie deficient, and fad diets are normally an aggressive calorie deficient. Which makes sense, get more results fast! And those pushing these fad diets want that because it makes their product look better then someone else’s. But it’s the aggression that often leads to failure.
To sit in these aggressive deficients your diet is normally restrictive, leads to constant hunger, irritability, fatigue, brain fog, poor performance & poor sleep. This is often what leads to people quitting not long into their diet, especially when they start in the New Year, 85% of people who start a dieting resolution will quit by the end of Jan.
But along with the feeling of failure it will stall your metabolism faster than if you had been smarter about your deficient.
Failing to Plan
Just as with anything in life, you need to have a game plan in place to be successful. This goes for everyone, I sound like a broken record to my new girls that they need to preplan their diary at least a day in advance to be successful, even I HAVE TO plan my diary in advance and I have been doing this for years.
When you have a plan you know what you are eating for the day, so when your break comes or the hunger pangs you have something prepared or know what it is you need to put together.
Your not letting your hungry self make food decisions, trust me she doesn’t have your best interest at heart, she has chocolate at heart.
Expecting Linear Results
Expecting every week to come with drastic drops is unrealistic, especially as a woman! As a woman we go through monthly hormonal fluctuations that effect the way the body holds water, goes to the toilet, how active we are and that all effects your results. If you step back and look at a monthly result you will notice more down treading results than you would by comparing the day to day or week to week.
Being Too Focused on the Scale
The scales don’t measure everything (including those ones that tell you they do, they don’t), your scales don’t know the different between, fat, muscle or water and those things are effected by training, food choices & your hormones. You need to be doing measurements on the same markers each week and taking progress pictures, especially if you are new to training. Newbie gains are real and if you start training and eating right the scales may not move but your body recomp will change, your shape will change, your body will be firmer & your clothes will fit better, all while the scales continue to stand still, take my 6 year progress for instants, the below pics are 6 years apart, and are the exact some weight but completely different body composition.
I’m not done either, stay tuned with my progress on my YouTube channel
Too Much Restriction
Too many of you are looking at your diet as a short term task, so you can cut certain foods. But your diet should be looked at as long term. If you want to eat those foods in your future you need to know what those foods in moderation looks like, especially with all your other foods around them. It is about finding balance in all your foods, like the 80/20 we follow at #TEAMSMART, 20% fun 80% wholesome. No foods are hindering your weight loss, calorie surplus is hindering your weight loss.
Exercising Too Much
Most people understand the calories in – calories out concept, which leads to a lot of people going in hard with both, calorie deficient and heaps of extra activity. But for most that not sustainable to be walking everyday and hitting the gym, 6 times per week. Again if you can’t see yourself doing the exact same thing in 12months it wont be maintainable for you and neither will the results.
Your body also needs time to recover, especially if muscle building is your goal. All my girls in maintenance or surplus phases work down to only training 3 times per week, they give every session they’re all and need the 4 rest days per week to recover.
Relying On Supplements
FAT BURNERS DO NOT BURN YOUR FAT! Sorry to every person who has spent a small fortune on fat burners in their life time, but they aren’t going to work if you are not. Fat burners will increase your thermogenic effect (which is how we burn fat) but they are not going to burn fat if you continue to be a couch potato eating chips.
Use them as a pre-workout to increase you temp while training to have your body in a slightly higher fat burning state, and boost your energy to get through your workout.
No Exit Strategy
What’s an exit strategy? It’s what you plan on doing after you reach your goal. When we diet we slow our metabolic rate and instinctively drop out TDEE, we can’t change these things they are part of our evolution to survival. Your plan should include time to reverse back to maintenance so that your metabolism & TDEE lift back up but also balance your hormones that effect your weight loss and are effected during weight loss. I find this so important that I now give out a Reverse Diet strategy to anyone that doesn’t finish the process while being coached by me.
If you want your results to be long term you need to make changes that are suitable long term. And you have to make changes! You can’t continue to view your health & fitness as a short term thing, it’s life long. If you want to look good and feel good always you need to change, you can’t go in doing the same thing over and over again if it’s not working. If you don’t know what you are doing with your health & fitness goals that is when you need to find a coach to guide you through the process.