Everything is awesome when you’re eating dried apple wedges and celery sticks but not when tragedy strikes and your diet flies off the rails and you indulge in your guilty pleasures: glazed donuts dipped in diet cola.
What went wrong? And how do you get back on track?
1. It’s your body, not the diet
This first reason may be an outlier but it is important to consider. Certainly not everyone, but some people do have physical issues in their body that affect metabolism or body mass. Often the root causes are related to inflammation and insulin resistance. Take a look at these books to learn more.
2. It’s not you, it’s your calories.
Some people over-simplify dieting by saying: “calories in/calories out,” or “burn more calories than you eat.” That is a helpful and simple place to start, however, it ignores the fact that not all calories are created equal. Some calories make you fat, some calories make you thin. For example, 300 calories from a sugary soft drink are different from 300 calories from fresh leafy greens.
3. Your willpower will fail you every time.
There is a science to hunger: if you don’t eat enough you’ll become hungry, and once you’re hungry your body will find a way to satiate that hunger. Attempting to use your willpower to keep you from eating enough food will fail in a tragic way — probably with you binge eating ice cream. Betting on willpower results in eating your emotions.
4. Avoiding fat is making you fat.
Many people still believe eating fat makes you fat, however, many researchers are finding results that show otherwise. In the last 30-40 years, fat has been hammered, so people extracted fat and added sugar to their foods. Now after trying that method, we’ve realized sugar has made us fat. Take a look at the study.
5. It’s not you, it’s your non-plan.
You may have a diet, but what happens after that diet is over? Is there a transition period? Is there another diet? Many people don’t know the answers to these questions, and so they end up right back where they started.
2 Principles For Getting Back On The Rails
1. Learn from your experiences.
Don’t hate yourself for messing up. We all do it. Instead, adopt a growth mindset and learn from your experiences. Try something new. Learn more. Keep trying. Consider getting started by making your own bread at home instead of buying hormone filled breads from the store.
2. Design your health.
Instead of trying a trendy diet, try thinking about your eating habits as a lifestyle. Create conditions in your life that will lead to automatic success. The goal is to create a lifestyle of health in which you no longer need to think about doing the right thing — where all of your available options are now healthy options.
Kevin Jones is a full time professional fitness expert. When he isn’t in the gym, he is offering practical research, fitness plans and nutritional tips to the world. Kevin regularly contributes to many fitness and health authority websites. With a passion for family, fun, and fitness, Kevin has found a way to manage and combine these three aspects in an effective and successful way. Connect with him online; LinkedIn – Twitter