Why do diets not work?


It’s that time of year again and everyone is thinking about New Years Resolutions. The most common are giving up drink for the month, lose weight and get fit.


Why is it that 98% of all diets don’t work?
Well, first of all, let’s define what is diet success? It is the ability to get to your desired weight, size and body fat and maintain it long-term. This is where nearly everybody goes wrong. They decide they are going to make all the sacrifices required until they get to their goal. In principle, this sounds great but the big question is, what happens then? Unfortunately, most revert back to old habits and start gaining weight very fast. The discipline is gone and so too is the new you, you worked so hard to achieve.

So why is this yoyo dieting so common?
Well the answer is quite simple, quick-fix diets work on the symptoms and not the cause of weight gain. Over-weight, low energy, illness etc. are all symptoms of poor health. Most of us know what we are doing wrong, so why do we keep doing it? What is the cause?

Unfortunately, there is no simple catch all answer, as every individual is different. Each one of us needs to explore why we keep doing the things we do that we know are damaging to our health.

A great question to ask yourself is; what will happen if I keep doing what I am doing today? Be bold, write the answers down and put potential time frames on it, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years etc. Now ask yourself the question, if I start implementing the right health choices today, how will it improve my everyday life?

"If we want long term gain we need permanent life style changes that can only become habit forming over time”

Remember, if weight loss is your goal, the first thing you most do is stop the weight gain before you start the weight lose. Your target should be no more than 1 to 3 pounds a week. Anymore and you are on the quick fix bandwagon. Ask yourself, how long have I been gaining weight? 1 year, 5 years, 20 years….it takes time to reverse bad habits long term. Sure, we can all be disciplined for a month, 3 months, even 6 months but if we want long term gain we need permanent life style changes that can only become habit forming over time. Even 0.5 lbs a week is 26 lbs over a year.

Explore the benefits of great health and you should find the cause that will help achieve a long term solution.

If this article resonates and you need help please contact carl@fitnesstogether.ie and we can talk you through some possible solutions.