The Reason Diets Never Work (And Why You Should Ditch Them Forever)

It’s the beginning of the year, so you know what that means? Everyone is trying to lose weight and have signed away their freedom to begin all of these fad diets. Constantly, I keep hearing the word “diet” and truthfully I just can’t take it anymore. Reason being that I have a negative connotation when it comes to diets as I’m sure most everybody does! And it’s because of good reasons that we as humans fear diets.

Everyone I know that has started a “diet”, has failed and for two main reasons:

  1. They can never stick with it
  2. It doesn’t work

But why is that?

The reason no one can ever stick to a diet is attributed to a few different things.

First, diets (most of the time) are impractical. They aren’t meant to be a way someone can eat for the rest of their lives. They end up making the person feel deprived and never feeling fully satisfied upon finishing a meal.

Second, the diet is causing negative factors, like feeling tired, grumpy, and weak. I experienced this first hand when I tried the no carb diet. I said I would only do it for 2 weeks to see how I felt…well the diet didn’t even last a week. I started Monday and by the time Friday rolled around I was weak and very grumpy. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I needed FOOD, real food! I wanted so badly to have something that would make me feel satisfied and full. I felt hungry constantly, I was shaky, and felt nauseous. It was not a good experience, but at least now I know that I need to have carbs in my diet for me to feel good inside and out. But the funny thing is, other people feel that they have the best experience when eating no carbs and that it makes them have more energy.

The reason that diets do not work half the time is because everyone’s body is different and we all react to food differently.

The no carb didn’t work for me, it may have made me lose a pound, but that one pound was not worth the other symptoms of feeling weak and grumpy. Not every diet will work for every person.

Another reason why diets don’t work, is that people will stick with it for the allotted amount of time, probably a month and get the weight off and then revert right back to their old ways of eating because they think that now the weight is gone they can finally eat real food again. This makes them gain the weight right back and most of the time they gain more back than they had lost. This has happened to two people in my life. I hate seeing them try different diets and feel happy when the weight falls off, but then when the diet ends the weight creeps back on and that makes them feel even worse about themselves.

I have to say one more reason why I hate diets. Diets make us afraid of food. We hear so many different so called facts about food, how carbs are bad for us, how we shouldn’t eat red meat, how we need to cut out all wheat. What drives me absolutely nuts is when I hear someone say I shouldn’t eat something, and then someone else say that that food is vital for our bodies. I can’t stand not knowing what to believe. This is such a stressful process and it doesn’t have to be. My goal is to help simplify the weight loss process for you guys.

I don’t want you guys to feel bad about yourself. I don’t want you guys to fear food. I don’t want you guys to deprive yourselves and feel like you have no energy. I don’t want you guys to be in the constant struggle of losing and gaining weight. I don’t want you guys feeling stressed out about what foods you can and cannot eat.


Reasons why Diets Don't Work


So please listen to me when I say that dieting is not the way to get healthy. It is not the way to lose weight the healthy way and be able to KEEP IT OFF.

What I recommend, is adapting to a healthy eating lifestyle. With a healthy lifestyle, you tailor your eating habits to your body and your schedule to make it possible to eat healthy for the rest of your life. But to do this you have to find what healthy eating lifestyle you can adapt to.

For me, I know that I love carbs and that is not going to change, so a no carb lifestyle is one that I could not adapt to. I will not deprive myself of a food that I enjoy. God gave us food to enjoy and to fuel our bodies. Dieting only makes us despise food and our bodies. Dieting is an unhealthy pattern that not only messes up our bodies, but it messes up the way our minds react and see food. We need to see food as a vital part of our lives, something that needs to fuel our bodies, but also something that we can enjoy and not feel guilty about.

It’s a vicious cycle we are in, but one that we can end fortunately. We all know deep down that diets are not practical. We sit there and deprive ourselves for weeks until we are cranky and just really need to have a big plate of fries. Then we make ourselves feel guilty for eating a cheat meal and then go back to eating salads and protein shakes for another week or so until we mess up again. We cannot live like that.

We need to face it that, we are going to mess up! We are human and we cannot eat perfectly all the time. That is why diets are impractical.

Now, I am not saying that trying to eat healthy and lose weight is pointless and can never happen. What I am saying is that we are going about it the wrong way. Diets are not the answer.

What the answer is, is a healthy lifestyle. One that is practical for each of our individual lives. What works for me may not work for you. It takes time to figure out a healthy lifestyle for you that you know you will actually be able to stick to. Once you do, you can rest assured that the weight will fall off and it will not come creeping back on.

Now, I was frustrated when I first learned that to lose weight I needed a healthy lifestyle because I had no idea what that meant! It is a very broad term and can be very confusing to figure out especially if you are new to trying to eat right and lose weight. If you have no idea where to start with figuring out what healthy lifestyle would work for you and that you will be able to adapt, keep on the lookout for my new free healthy eating workbook coming soon that will take you through a few questions to help you pin point the eating habits that would best suite you and your lifestyle. Subscribe to my email newsletter so you are the first to know when it is ready.

Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for more upcoming posts about getting healthy the real and practical way.