Now, before you start going in on your keyboard to let me know something about myself, I do recognize that some people have gone on a diet and have been successful in losing weight. BUT for the rest of us folks, I want to tell you just why dieting doesn’t work. I have tried Weight Watchers, cutting carbs, fasting, protein shakes, meal replacements, supplements…you name it! (in my Shirley Caesar voice)
The harsh reality is that nothing worked. If you can relate to this, let me tell you another real and harsh thing. Those things didn’t “work”, because we weren’t willing to make them work. Yea, I said it. It’s true. I remember being frustrated, crying, and talking about how I barely even eat, but the scale wasn’t changing. Then, one day, things just kind of clicked. Now, when people ask me how I lost 50 lbs, instead of boasting about my super will power, dieting plan, and exercise regimen, I give all glory to God.
Why Dieting Doesn’t Work
1 Your Thoughts and Actions Don’t Match
It doesn’t matter how much effort you put in to lose weight, if you are constantly thinking about how fat/ugly you are as you do it, you won’t get the results you want. If you are frustrated when you look in the mirror, you will criticize yourself. You will feel guilty whenever you eat something that isn’t “allowed” in your meal plan. You will feel deprived, and eventually, you will give up.
2 You’re Making An Abrupt Change
Dieting isn’t something that you just jump into. Most diets fail quickly, because people naively believe that they can wake up one morning, and restrict their calories and foods. If you make a quick shift in your lifestyle like that, your body will definitely scream bloody murder, when its favorite foods and portion sizes are cut. When you make an abrupt change in your diet, you are setting yourself up for failure.
3 Restriction Isn’t Fun
Who wants to cut out their favorite foods, and eat less, on top of that??? Not I! Whenever anyone does something that they really don’t want to do, even if it will give them the results that they want, they probably won’t do it for very long. I’m just saying. Besides, when people diet, a lot of them end up binging on their favorites, and sometimes gain all of the weight back and more.
4 Dieting Isn’t Long-term
If you want to make a real change in your body, you have to make a change in your mind first. You also have to make it easy for you to do, so that you will stick with it. Dieting is a temporary situation. I have seen too many people (myself included) lose weight on a diet, only to stop dieting, and go back to eating the way they did before. See the problem? All of that good ole hard work goes right down the drain.
Make small changes and ease your way into a better lifestyle. I started cooking at home more, so that I knew what was in my food. I added more vegetables to each meal. I swapped out cookies for granola. I kept making small changes to my diet, instead of going on a diet. After a while, I realized that I didn’t miss certain things, so I kept doing what I was doing. Eventually, I was changing even more things. Allow yourself to gradually move into a healthier lifestyle. If you want some of your favorite foods, allow yourself to indulge. Then, get back to what you were doing. When you deny yourself, you feel bad. AND (if you’re anything like me) when you feel bad, you eat.
One last tip: Love yourself where you are now, and make good decisions every day that will eventually get you to where you want to be.
If you need help getting your mind right to accomplish your weight loss goal, you should get the “How to Take Control of Your Life & Make It Amazing” ebook and/or audiobook.
What has been your experience with dieting?