Diets are born of the best intentions. New dieters begin a diet program with enthusiasm and resolve, but, in many cases, the hope and promise of a healthier lifestyle and weight loss fades quickly for a number of reasons.
Unfortunately, as hitches slow or stall the progress of a new diet, the dieter will often give up and revert to their old eating habits. This article has identified 5 of the most common pitfalls a dieter will encounter and how they can be avoided.
The world is littered with diet programs of every kind. Finding the right one is difficult and confusing. With so many experts selling advice and other sources voicing opinions on the topics of nutrition and health, deciding on a single diet can seem like a monumental task.
Low carb, gluten free, vegan, there are diets for any idea, no matter how vague or ill conceived.
The simple truth is that there is no one diet that is the right diet. People choose certain diets for certain reasons. The trick is to find a diet that will work for you and one you will stick with through the long haul. If a diet sounds good, but you can’t imagine keeping with the restrictions or demands, choose another.
No Obvious Results
Dieting is not an instantaneous fix for years of unhealthy habits. Losing weight and displaying visible results will take time. Many dieters will quit when all their hard work appears for naught. They feel like they are working hard, but their body shows none of the evidence of their sweat and sacrifice.
This is often the point when the dieter will lose hope and focus. The first several months of a diet should be more about how you feel rather than how you look. If you are sticking to the diet and working hard, the results will eventually come. Celebrate small victories like jeans that are easier to button or not becoming winded as easily when climbing stairs.
Bloating can increase when a diet is changed to more natural fare or foods with higher fiber content. As the body adjusts, bloat will lessen, but when it initially presents itself, it can be upsetting, especially for a dieter seeking to lose weight. It should be remembered that bloat is not the same as gaining weight and can be remedied with time and your body’s adjustment to the new diet.
No Support System
Dieting is difficult enough, but when family and friends are not supportive, it can be next to impossible to accomplish your diet goals. Non-dieters can act as a bad influence when you are cutting down portions, calorie intake, or limiting certain types of food. They can also thwart attempts to exercise and make healthy choices. This issue should be addressed with willpower. Remind yourself why you are dieting and congratulate yourself whenever you avoid temptation.
It is also advisable to have a talk with people in your life that disregard your diet and lifestyle changes. Make it clear that you are not asking them to change how they choose to live, and you ask them to extend you that same courtesy.
Cheating On The Diet
Part of the human condition is that we are fallible. Making a drastic diet change is jarring to your system, and your mindset. Not to mention, you give up eating some foods you really enjoy. Slipping when temptation is too much is to be expected. Nevertheless, it should not become a habit, but an occasional cheat snack or meal shouldn’t be the end of the world.
Beating yourself up over a poor choice or a weak moment does little but make the dieter feel badly. It’s best just to move on and focus on the next day as a fresh start.