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If you’re struggling to find success on a weight loss plan that will finally work for you, it’s important to reflect on the past struggles and diet failures to avoid common and repetitive mistakes.
Is It You Or The Diet?
Something clearly went wrong on your last diet if you gained weight, but you’re not alone. It’s a very, very common problem with those struggling to shed unwanted pounds.
You follow a diet plan the best you can, staying within your meal plan, exercising several times a week and at the end of the month…
YOU GAINED WEIGHT!
Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-to-one ration for effort and pounds lost. I wish there were, but there isn’t. It takes a considerable amount of effort and planning to lose just one pound.
If you’re stuck in a weight loss loop, losing then gaining, only to repeat the same cycle look for these hidden behaviors that are diet killers:
Drinking Hidden Calories
They’re everywhere, and in small doses they seem inconsequential. But at the end of the day the cumulative amount of liquid calories can wreck your entire day. Consider that even a surplus of 100-200 calories per day is enough to halt weight loss. You can easily consume that amount in one cup of coffee or orange juice.
Not Eating Fiber
Fiber has so many diet benefits, but so few prioritize fiber in their meal planning. It can clear out your digestive tract, but most importantly fiber is what makes you feel full. A high fiber meal will leave you feeling full and satisfied decreasing the desire to binge eat a few hours after your meal.
This seems counter-intuitive because you’re trying to reduce calories and the best way to do that is to skip a meal, right? Don’t do it. It can negatively impact your metabolism and increase the likelihood of overeating at your next meal.
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Flawed Diet Philosophy
Some diets are based on flawed philosophy that can’t help you lose weight because of the way it’s structured, and others have a good plan but executing that plan is too difficult.
Example: A highly efficient diet is a liquid fast. You avoid all solid food and only drink liquids for several weeks. It will be near impossible to maintain body weight in this state, because you don’t consume any meaningful calories. So you lose a considerable amount of weight.
While this is the most efficient path to losing pounds, it’s also the most impractical. Very few people will have the discipline to follow such a strict routine for several days let alone several weeks.
A good diet will balance effectiveness with ease of use. If your last diet was too strict, it likely lead you down a path to failure because the required behavior was unsustainable.
If, on the other hand, your last diet was structured on the other end of the spectrum and was too liberal with the type and amount of food allowed it was likely not strict enough to yield the desired weight loss.
A good diet will never be super easy, but it shouldn’t feel like you might die due to lack of food.
Basic Tenets Of Every Diet
Regardless of the type of diet you choose, whether it’s a high protein diet, or an all juice diet there will always be a common philosophy because of basic biology and the way our bodies interact with calories and food.
Unfortunately, all the sweets and goodies that caused you to gain excess weight will never be allowed as a main staple of any successful diet. It may allow certain foods in moderation, but the way our body utilizes sugar and how it effects our fat storage can’t be circumvented.
Sugar causes a hormonal reaction increasing our fat storage. It’s basic science that every diet will need to address. So whatever diet path and philosophy you choose, go in understanding that certain foods will not be allowed because they’re simply not conducive to sustained weight loss.