Do you ever feel like whatever you do or however hard you try, dieting never works out?
You spend endless sessions in the gym on the stationary bike doing HIIT cardio followed by limited eating and inhaling gallons of water…yet, you’re stuck in the same place you’ve always been.
You’ve lost a couple of pounds but the stubborn belly and arm fat you have won’t budge regardless of what you do. Sucks doesn’t it?
Well, I’m here to tell you that you’ve hit failure for a reason and it’s very common.
Reason 1: You’re consistently inconsistent
Yes, I know. The old “consistency is key” pep talk. But I NEED to add this one in here, regardless of how fast you’ll ignore it.
The problem isn’t that you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s that you know what you’re doing but aren’t doing it consistently.
At the first sign of noticeable change in your body or the scale, you deem yourself victorious and instantly drop the diet. You phone your friends and family and feel like Superman for the rest of the day.
But tomorrow comes and you’re regretting every second. Sound familiar?
Your body needs time to work and you need to work with it. Not only that but you’ve consistently practiced bad habits before this diet, now you have to return the favor.
Stick with it, regardless how hard it is. Set a goal and keep marching until your toe crosses the finish line, then you will know true victory.
Reason 2: You’re Not Cheating
Your diet isn’t working because you’re not indulging in delicious cheesecakes or pizzas or pasta or pancakes or anything you want. Sound too good to be true?
Well when we diet, our metabolism slows down A LOT. Why? Because you’re scaring your body with how little you’re feeding it and as a result it’s choosing to conserve energy in order to survive. This is known as starvation mode.
Throwing a cheat meal into the mix “tricks your system into thinking food is plentiful and that it’s OK to burn through fat stores” Cecelia Smith explains in her article, 16 Cheat Meal Strategies for Weight Loss (amazing article here).
But you need to be honest with yourself. The wonders a cheat meal can bring are privileges for only those that truly makes sacrifices diet and training wise.
This means following a diet plan, tracking macros and training consistently. Otherwise a cheat meal is an additive to the plentiful fat storage you’re trying to deplete.
Dieting 101: The greater the sacrifice, the greater the victory.
Reason 3: Stop Starving Yourself!
Guys, food is not the enemy! Stop avoiding it, eat more!
This is by far THE most common mistake people make when dieting. Why? Because of the misconception that eating very little will obviously make you lose weight…but what kind of weight?
Like I mentioned above, your metabolism slows down after some time and without the proper kick-start from a calorie dense meal (which isn’t allowed by your 500 calorie diet), your body will never get out starvation mode.
Which means it’s constantly conserving your fat storage and forced to use the next available energy source: muscle. With lower muscle mass, you worsen your overall look, which defeats the purpose of a diet.
And even if your overall goal was simply to lower the number on the scale, you still have the side effects of undernourishment and starvation to look forward to: dizziness, stress, weakness, dehydration etc.
It’s a nightmare that you really don’t want to experience so choose a diet plan that will requires sacrifices but will reward you as well.
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