Have you been trying several diets for months and months, yet they are not working in your favor? If so, you are not alone. I have been through that cycle as well, and it’s not an easy one.
You may wonder, well I keep trying to be on a diet but never see the result. I may as well just quit.
It’s so easy to blame on a diet saying it didn’t work, but have you ever thought about why it didn’t work for you? These may be the reasons why they aren’t working the way you want them to.
Treating it like a diet and not a lifestyle
I have seen so many people go on a diet to lose weight for a certain timeframe and gain it all back. This is because they have a season to be on a diet.
They think, “I’m going on a diet for several months because my brother is getting married, or I’m going on a vacation so I should diet”. They power through a strict diet for those months and lose weight. Unfortunately, after the event is over, they are back to square one. They gain it all back and even more.
Being healthy is not a short-term fix. You have to make it a lifestyle. A simple tip would be if you can’t sustain that diet for rest of your life then don’t do it. Make healthy changes and enjoy the process. Stick to it for long enough, and you will see the result.
Eating too much of healthy food
This is a very under talked reason, and many people don’t even realize they are falling victim of this. While eating healthy is definitely the way to go, we can certainly overeat healthy food.
If you are a couch potato, then you don’t need as much food for energy as someone who is active. It’s easy to overeat healthy food than you realize.
I’m not advising to count calories all the time, but knowing a rough estimation of how much you should eat ensures you won’t over eat. Complex carbs, unprocessed meat, veggies, and fruits are all healthy food sources.
That being said, if your meal only comprises complex carbs and meat most of the time then you are more likely to overeat than of those whose meal consists of balance diet (mix of veggies, complex carbs, meat, and fruits).
Stressing Too much
Stress has become one of the number 1 cause of weight gain. When you are stressed out due to traffic, workload, exams, or anything, your body releases cortisol hormone. To cope with stress, sugar is released into your bloodstream as a fight-or-flight response.
The problem is we are not being attacked by anything, so we don’t convert elevated sugar into energy.
Extra sugar sure needs to go somewhere tho, so insulin is released to convert into fat sources and store them in cells. Blood sugar level drops causing you to want to increase blood sugar level again. This makes you crave for sugary food.
This is why when you are stressed out you want to turn toward sugary and comfort food.
Now you know, if you are always stressed out, it’s hard to lose weight. To cope with stress, I want you to take a deep breath and drink plenty of water. Exercise on a daily basis and go out for a walk when time permits.
Not lifting weights
You are always dieting and dieting, but you never do something physical. Is this you? If so, It’s very hard to lose pounds if you are not lifting weights.
If you are a girl and think you are going to gain too much muscle, I want you to throw that thought out the window.
You will not add excessive muscle by lifting heavy because us girls just don’t have that much testosterone level to bulk up. Rather, we will add lean muscle mass. Don’t you want to be lean and tone?
Increasing muscle mass helps to burn more calories because muscle requires more energy to be preserved. This will increase your metabolism to burn stored body fat. Plus increasing muscle mass helps support and strengthen your bone.
Following someone else’s diet
Oh, my god, I cannot stress about this enough. There are way too many diet protocols out there. It’s hard to know what to believe and what not to believe. Paleo, HCLF, vegetarian, Vegan, gluten-free, IIFYM are few to name.
Just because it worked for him/her doesn’t mean it will work for you. There is no reason to avoid one whole macro group because someone else is doing it.
If you have a health condition that requires you to avoid high carb food then you have to follow that. I have a gluten sensitivity, so I can’t eat food that has gluten in it.
If you don’t have any health condition, then eat a balanced diet and don’t stress about following someone else’s diet. As long as you put in the work and eat a diet rich in nutrient, you will lose weight.
These may be the reasons you aren’t seeing desired results. I want you not to stress out over it. Eat a balance (unprocessed) diet, drink plenty of water, workout, and make this a lifestyle. This will make you happier, and you will enjoy the ride as well. Remember there is no elevator to success, so you have to take stairs. Plus those who quit too early never saw long-term results anyways.