Now days there are so many diets to choose from, so why do most diets fail? Firstly a drastic cut in your food intake is going to cause you to experience real hunger pangs. Hunger pangs are hardwired into your survival system and can be very difficult to cope with, because your body has and is (over several thousands of years) programmed to deal with famine and scarcity of food.
Diets Only Focus On Food Reduction
Another reason why people fail at diets is because once you start to cut your food intake down your bodies metabolism slows down. Once your metabolism slows down then your body will use even less energy to cope with the reduction in food. It will become more efficient at conserving as many calories as it can, usually in the form of fat. As soon as you come off your diet, your body will store as many calories as possible ready for your next ‘starvation’/diet phase.
There’s No Quick Fix
In today’s instant society we’re used to having everything at our fingertips, and can get more or less anything within hours or days. We see adverts for weight loss programs that can help you lose large amounts of weight within days. But this sudden weight loss can lead to all sorts of health problems such as fatigue, low energy, loss of sleep, depression, stress and erratic mood swings. Do you really want these health problems for what is going to be a short term solution? It’s highly unlikely that you suddenly became overweight within a week or two. so it’s unrealistic to expect to lose weight and keep it off within a few days or weeks.
Whether we like it or not, attaining your ideal weight and keeping it come down to two basic truths.
Firstly it’s not easy. It requires discipline, effort and persistence. It’s a lifestyle change, not a temporary quick fix. It means eating a healthy, nutritious meal as often as possible. The occasional junk meal or bar of chocolate isn’t going to cause you to suddenly gain weight.
Secondly it’s simple. You don’t have to have some rigid eating plan or program. Just eating sensibly and getting regular exercise will help you attain your ideal weight over the long term. Even if it takes you a couple of years, at least you can reach a point where your weight remains at a healthy, stable level for the rest of your life. No more dieting and faddy eating plans.