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5 Reasons Your Diet Failed

written by Guest Blogger September 4, 2012

Wondering why the diet you tried failed to give you any results? Well, here’s guest blogger, Joffrey Drummond, to share with us a few possibilities why this happened!

Most of us have done this: started a diet only to have it fail a few weeks, or even (in my case) just a few days after. Sometimes, we don’t really try, and this is really our own fault. But other times we do really put in the effort but the diet still fails after awhile. Why is this?


Here are five possible reasons your diet may have failed. Maybe this list will help you to pinpoint the area, or areas, where things went wrong.

1. Too High Expectations

One reason that many dieters give up their diets is because they expect too much too soon. If you really want to see results, you have to give yourself, and the diet you have chosen, time. They say that it takes at least two weeks for you, yourself, to see a change in your body, four weeks for those who know you well to notice the change, and five weeks for everyone else to see it.

So, hold on for at least those five or six weeks and when the compliments start rolling in, it won’t be as hard to keep your diet up.

2. Not Enough Caloric Intake (Starving Yourself)

Another reason some diets fail, is because they simply do not have enough calories or nutritional content for a person to function regularly. Some calorie limitation is almost a given when it comes to diets. But, there is such a thing as too much of too little.

If your body is not getting enough calories to fuel its daily activities, it will go into starvation mode, and stop burning fat because it is “saving” it so you don’t starve to death. This is obviously counterproductive. Making sure that you are getting enough calories can prevent this from happening and also prevent you from giving up because you are constantly hungry.

3. You Didn’t Complement Your New Diet With A Good Exercise Routine

While your diet does play a major role in losing weight and being healthy, in order to get the optimum results you can’t ignore the fact that you need exercise, as well. You need to burn more calories than you consume, so while you are limiting your calorie intake to just what your body needs, you also need to be exercising to burn the energy (in this case, fat) that you already have stored up.

4. The Diet Was Too Complex Or Too Hard To Follow

Another reason that many diets fails is because they are too complicated and hard to follow. If the diet comes with too many do’s and don’ts and you have a hard time even understanding how the diet is supposed to work, it will be very difficult for you to follow, if not impossible all together. Use the KISS method. KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid!

5. The People Surrounding You Enticed You Back Into Your Old Habits

It can be really difficult to stick to any diet plan when your friends and family are still eating all the delicious junk you swore to give up. You can help to overcome this by explaining to them about your diet and asking that they limit their junk food eating around you. Who knows? Maybe they’ll be encouraged to start a healthier diet too.

These are five of the reasons most diets fail. Do any of these things sound familiar to you?

About the Author

Joffrey Drummond is a sought after writer for AccessRx.com, specializing in health/fitness, medical technology, and online marketing. He currently resides in Phoenix, AZ, with his dog Ralph and you can connect with Joffrey via his LinkedIn here.

Can you come up with any other reasons why your diet may have failed you? Please share them in the comments below!

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Dr. Robin Terranella September 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

These are all great tips for those looking to lose weight. Often, we get sucked into poor diet habits that are counterintuitive. We also post weight loss tips on our blog which can be found here: http://www.swintegrativemedicine.com/blog/ I hope this helps anyone out who is looking to lose weight in a holistic way!

Head Health Nutter September 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thanks for the additional resource, Dr. Terranella!


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