The Number One Reason Diets Fail (Part 3 of Losing Weight Vs. Keeping It Off)

Uncategorized Jul 09, 2019

What’s the number one reason people fail to keep weight off after going on a diet?

Based on my experience with countless clients and prospects, it’s because the person on a diet was asked to rapidly change a large amount of eating and lifestyle habits in a short period of time.

In short, diets demand you to do too much in too little time, making them unsustainable.

When the stress and strain of changing many food habits at once reaches a certain level of difficulty, we soon drop these habits and revert back to our familiar – albeit less healthy – lifestyle.

To clarify, I’m not saying this is the only reason diets are unsustainable, just that it’s the most powerful reason. 

The truth is, nearly every major diet can be shown to yield weight loss for a little while. But, if you’re like me, you’re justifiably greedy and want success for a long while, and that’s where traditional dieting fails. 

 

Why Diets Are So [email protected]%N Difficult (Hint: It's Not Your Fault)

Many folks, even if they’ve done a traditional diet in the past, don’t fully appreciate how many new habits and skills are required to change everything nearly overnight. 

Whether it’s low-carb, low-fat, or Whole 30, starting a strict diet is like saying do ALL of the following tomorrow:

  • Shift your sleep schedule two hours earlier
  • Start a new job
  • Take a daily Spanish language class
  • Figure out how to bike instead of drive to work
  • Get a new dog

 This sounds ridiculous, right?

Could someone do all of those things at once? Of course!

But could you begin it all without major frustration and begging “Please STOP!” Probably not. 

If my analogy sounded like an exaggeration, consider just some of the skills and habits you would need to begin a traditional diet tomorrow:

Learn how to plan your healthy meals

  • Schedule and find time in your calendar to do the meal planning
  • Learn how to prep multiple healthy meals each week for maximum time efficiency
  • Learn new cooking skill
  • Stop eating all your favorite foods
  • Makeover your kitchen by adding new foods and ditching less healthy ones
  • Learn what foods will help you lose weight and which ones will not
  • Figure out why you overeat at night and how to improve this issue

Nearly all diets are saying: “You must master all of this by tomorrow if you want to lose weight and keep it off for years to come.”

That’s a pretty overwhelming task for most people. 

Of course, this is not to say that these skills and habits can’t be learned and adopted for long-term success, only that it takes more than a week or a month if you want to avoid burnout or throwing in the towel in six weeks.

The #1 Long-Term Solution To Looking Great Without Dieting 

 So what’s the secret?

 To successfully keep weight off - or to lose it in the first place - your best chance for long-term success is to change one food or lifestyle habit at a time. 

Even if you’ve already lost some weight through dieting or exercise, as you go forward try to narrow your focus to improving just one new (or existing) healthy habit.    

So, which habits should you focus on on and how do you master them?

Which Habits To Focus On

You’re in luck! I recently created a FREE PDF guide that teaches you the Top 5 Healthy Eating Habits.

But even beyond those habits, you can also focus on better sleep (which is vital to losing and keeping weight off), reducing caloric beverages, exercise-related habits, etc.

How To Successfully Adopt a Habit

So how do you turn one of these habits into a leaner, healthier you? Simply follow these five steps:

1. Focus on just one habit at a time.

2. Carve out one element of the habit which is really easy for you to do (e.g. more veggies at lunch. 

3. Spend 2 weeks on this habit

4. Track what happens each day with the habit.

5. Get a Coach To Help You.

 

Are You Up For A Little Challenge?

OK, your turn! I challenge you to pick one healthy eating or exercise habit to focus on for the next 14 days.

Post in the comment section below which habit you’ll be working on. 

In fact, if you email me what you’ll be working on, I’ll give you some FREE accountability with this habit by checking in with you from time-to-time over the 2-week period with positive support so you can stay on track. 

Finally, if you’re interested in getting daily support on how to improve ALL the vital habits for long-term weight loss, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll find the “Contact Me” button so we can talk!

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