Why Past Dieting Attempts Have Failed and What to Do Instead
The average American will gain 11 pounds for each diet they attempt. Not a promising statistic. That said, even though dieting attempts have failed in the past, it doesn’t necessarily mean that none can work.
That said, as dieting attempts have failed so frequently, it’s important to make sure that you’re not directing yourself down the wrong road. The worst step you could take is to doom yourself before you even start the first day of your diet.
The following are some of the most common reasons dieting attempts have failed and what you can do to overcome those challenges.
· It’s not about willpower – if you lean on willpower to keep you going, instead of looking to what science has to say, you’ll fail every time your willpower wavers. Instead of trying to starve yourself and power through it, learn how to eat healthfully with nutrition dense foods that are low in calories. Look to foods that will fill up your hunger, not your calorie count. This may involve balancing factors in your food such as protein and fiber so they can work in your favor and keep you feeling full during times of the day when you would otherwise be tempted to overeat. Work with yourself instead of fighting against yourself – no willpower needed.
· You focus exclusively on counting calories – calories are a guide, but they are one of a number of different factors you need to take under consideration. The reason is that there really isn’t any way for you to very precisely measure the number of calories you’re eating versus the ones you’re burning. These change as a result of hundreds of complex functions of your body, environment and even inaccuracies in food measurement or labeling. Allow calories to give you a ballpark target but focus more on nutrition and food composition. Add more fruits, veggies and whole grains while weeding out added sugars, refined flour and other processed products.
· You buy “low fat” products – despite the fact that a massive body of evidence has shown that low fat diets do more harm than good, it’s so ingrained in many of us that “fat causes fat” that we can’t seem to get past it. The right balance of fat will actually help to improve weight loss. Moreover, many low fat products are high in sugar and salt to compensate for the lack of flavor. Fat is very good for your health in proper amounts. Start choosing better fats in appropriate portions and leave the “low fat” products on the shelf.
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