Why Your Diets Don’t Work
- Possible Pat
- August 30, 2017
I remember when I started to lose the weight and how it wasn’t my first, second, or third attempt. Instead, I feel like a good portion of my life as spend dieting, losing a little bit of weight, and then gaining it all back.
Does this sound familiar?
If you’re like me, it probably feels like you’ve been on one diet after another and they never work.
You’re not alone, and there are good reasons why these diets continue to fail over and over again, and it’s not because you’re doing something wrong.
In this blog, you’ll learn…
> Why popular diets fail time after time
> What you can do to stop dieting and keep the weight off
> How to get through change
> How you can start creating healthy habits
Why Diets Don’t Work
The number one reason diets fail is that they are not sustainable. They are not meant to be sustainable.
Not only are most trendy diets not intended to be on forever, but rather quick ways to drop small amounts of body fat. And if you have as much to lose as I did, small amounts of body fat is not going to solve the problem.
The other reason these diets aren’t sustainable and you end up gaining the weight back once you’re done is because they fail to teach better habits. Instead, the primary focus of most diets is a short term solution to body fat and most people return to their previous eating habits which caused the weight gain to begin with. You are then stuck in an endless cycle of dieting and gaining the weight back.
How to Keep The Weight Off
The only way to keep the weight off is to stop dieting.
Now hold on, this doesn’t mean you should give up. This means that you should stop looking at it as a “diet” because this implies that one day the diet will be over. If you start to eat healthy and lose the weight and think that you’re done, then you’ve already committed to gaining all that weight back.
The key to losing weight and keeping it off is by creating healthier eating habits. This is not a diet; this is a lifestyle change. You have to be committed to changing your life and starting a new one. This means there is no end and there is no “coming off your diet.”
Committing to a Lifestyle Change can be Intimidating
I know that the idea of changing your life and giving up all of your old eating habits for good can be very intimidating. You wonder if you’ll still be able to enjoy food, or if you’re being sentenced to a life of bland and boring chicken and veggies.
It may be scary at first, but once you are committed to the change and you start to see the weight drop off, you’ll know you made the right choice.
And you are not being sentenced to a life of bland food. Just because it is healthy for you, doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting and full of flavor.
Instead, look at it as a journey. You are about to discover new foods and new ways of cooking, not to mention you are about to feel better, be healthier, and look better. You’ll even get to a point where the last thing you want to do is return to your old ways and the foods you were eating don’t seem as appetizing anymore.
So how can you make this change not so intimidating?
Start by slowly making the change, rather than jumping straight in. If you like dairy and sodas, try switching to lower calorie options and slowly cut down until they are eventually out of your diet. You can also try switching to healthier alternatives. Instead of soda, drink Sparkling Ice or soda water. Or switch to diet soda and begin to slowly drink less and less.
For me, it took a long time to give up soda and almost 2 years to give up dairy! But I eventually did, and I haven’t looked back.
If these are things you really enjoy, remove them from your life slowly, rather than all at once. Or pick one thing to start with, and remove items one by one. This way, it won’t seem so overwhelming and you will be more likely to stay on track. Before you know it, you’ll be dropping the weight.
How to Gain Healthy Habits
Gaining healthy habits means learning what foods are right for you, which are bad for you, and which will affect your weight. It also means preparing your food in ways that keep the healthy food healthy. Just because you know that chicken and vegetables are healthy, doesn’t mean you can fry them. Once you do this, they are no longer healthy.
Healthy habits also mean learning how to portion your food so you don’t over eat and not skipping meals, which can lead to under eating… And, yes, under eating can also stop you from losing weight.
Creating new habits also means that you should start moving more. Get in the habit of adding exercise into your week and continually challenging yourself as your workouts get easier.
Once you make this change, you will be set to not only lose the weight but keep the weight off once you lose it.
Learning these healthy habits can be complicated when you are just starting out. I know this because when I first began to lose all my weight, I was constantly Googling what foods were healthy and how I should make them. Not only was it a lot of information to learn, but so much of what I found seemed to contradict each other. Much of my weight loss was through trial and error and figuring out what foods worked for me… and I know I made a lot of mistakes.
This is why I provide Custom Meal Plans, Custom Training Plans, and even a free Approved Foods List. This way, if you are just starting out you don’t have to go through the same trial and error that I went through and you can learn what foods and what portions work for you.
About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.