Dieting can be done with great success. There are many people who go on weight loss diets, and with a lot of patience and hard work, they reach their goal. On the other hand, there are also people who struggle with their weight loss journey. Here are a few reasons why your diet may not be working for you.
First, you are probably depriving yourself of foods you enjoy. Often, when people diet, they see food as being “good” or “bad”. To be successful, you need to change the way you think about food. No food should be off limits to you. If you eat only salad, lean meat, and fruit for a month, you will begin to crave unhealthy foods. Then, you will binge and feel guilty about it later. Allowing yourself to eat any food you wish in moderation is the key to success.
Another common problem with dieting is that often people have high hopes for popular fad diets. The only way to be truly successful with your diet is to make it a lifestyle change. There is no magic diet that will shed those unwanted pounds. If you make a commitment to eat healthier and exercise more, you will see results. Initially, this will be difficult, but if you break your large goal down into smaller more manageable goals you will be successful.
A successful diet is highly dependent on the automation of the process. In fact, it could easily be said that a successful diet is 1% willpower and 99% knowledge. Eliminating the need to hinge your diet on willpower is what separates roller coasters from success stories.
Take willpower out of the equation. Read over the following five reasons why your diet might be failing.
Reason 1: No Carb Suffering
No carbohydrates translates into low calorie and small waist, right? Zero carbohydrate diets are great for the short term, but problems arise when carbohydrate needs aren’t met. Stick to a balanced diet that keeps carbohydrates moderated but doesn’t eliminate them outright.
Reason 2: No Re-feed
Losing weight throws leptin off track. This is where willpower comes into play. Provide yourself with one re-feed a week that exceeds at least 20% over your caloric needs. Keep carbs high during these days.
Reason 3: Not Enough Protein
High protein keeps satiety high and muscle loss low. Protein also increases the thermic effect of food, or TEF. High TEF means burning calories just for eating, which wins on so many levels.
Reason 4: Food Tastes too Good
Delicious food makes you want to eat more of it. Trying to diet while eating hyper-palatable food makes every bite a torturous flirtation with disaster. Stick to simple fare and watch the pounds melt off.
Reason 5: Neurotransmitter Imbalance
Low dopamine can effect your hunger more than that amazing smell coming from McDonald’s. If you follow the above guidelines and still get intense cravings, you might want to think about supplementing with tyrosine or visiting a doctor.