Why Diets Don’t Work

DIET- a four letter word that is on your mind ALL the time. Instead of dieting read up on these reasons why diets don’t work. Here is what you can do to stop “dieting” and make changes to better your life. 

1) Commitment- You are not fully committed to losing weight. You are on a diet for the wrong reasons or doing it to fit into your bridesmaid dress. If you want to lose weight, it has to come from you and not from anyone else. If your not ready to change your life, then don’t waste your time yo-yo dieting.

2) Expectations- so many people go on these fad diets such as no carbs, slim fast, or the cabbage soup diet. These diets work and you drop weight very fast BUT as soon as you go off the diet, you gain the weight back. When it’s time for you to lose the weight for good, you can’t have high expectations. It’s impossible to drop 30 lbs in one week! Weight loss is a slow process, you have to be patient. Remember, it takes forever to lose the weight and no time to gain it back. 

3) Restrictions- many diets can restrict you from eating certain foods. This makes you deprive yourself of your favorite foods leading to a binge later on… not good. Seriously, who can eat cabbage soup for a month straight? I would not be a happy girl if that’s all I ate.

4) Cheating- When you cheat, you have such a hard time forgiving yourself. I know a lot of people (including myself) who get so upset when they screw up their diet plan for the week. Hey, it happens! Start over. Don’t say to yourself “I already messed it up today I’ll just keep on eating!” That is very bad! It’s okay to splurge, choose ONE item at that graduation party and indulge. Your not going to gain weight from one cookie. 

Whether your weight loss is long term or short term what counts is your happiness. I say this all the time and I’ll say it again WHEN YOU LOOK GOOD, YOU FEEL GOOD!!!!!

*If you haven’t already, read up on yesterday’s post about my Tribune co-worker’s weight loss story. 

  Fun Fact: Did you know for every hour you walk you gain two hours of life? Not a bad incentive to get up and walk! (American Heart Association)

I’m not a Registered Dietitian (RD). My posts are based on my own personal knowledge and experience. For a professional opinion, please contact a Registered Dietitian.


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