Why do most diets fail?
I don’t want to depress you but I need to address a very important topic. You have to understand that its very easy to get excited when it comes to dieting. Popular diets come and go. In fact, it seems that almost every single year, there’s a hot new diet that people just have to try. Predictably, people get excited about the new diet and try it. When the initial hype euphoria die down, they end up having to face reality.
The reality is quite harsh.
The reality is that, for the most part, people who try to diet will fail. Unless you are clear about the causes of your failure, you will remain stuck in this sad carousel where you get on a diet and then you get off it just to regain the pounds you lost.
In many cases, people who lost weight dieting not only regain all the pounds they shed but they added even more pounds. That’s how bad things could be. If you’re sick and tired of trying one failed diet after another, listen up. You have to pay attention on to why most diet fail so you can diet the right way. Otherwise, you will repeat the same sorry pattern above again and again. Why do most diets fail? Here are the reasons:
Most diets are marketed as external products
As the old saying goes, change can only come from within. This might be unpleasant news for most people, but this is the cold hard truth. You can’t look at dieting, weight loss, and any other lifestyle modification program as an external product. You can’t look at them as stuff that you try on like clothing.
Its too easy to look at the process of weight loss as a simple matter of buying products that you mix and match. If one product fails, you then find another. This is a problem. Why? We are not looking for deodorant or soap here. Instead, we’re looking for a lifestyle modification system that would work for you permanently. Unfortunately, if you look at diets and weight loss systems as external products, then it’s easy to fail…
The Rub: most diets work but…
The rub is… most diets work. Believe it or not, most diets produce weight loss. That’s not the problem. The problem lies somewhere else.
Most diets will work, otherwise they won’t be popular and people will not buy those diet books, supplements, and related products like DVDs. The problem lies in the fact that their results are short-lived. That’s right. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight in the past only to see those pounds come back, you know exactly what I’m talking about. In fact, if you’re a typical person trying an average weight loss system, the pounds not only come back, the pounds come back with a vengeance! You end up weighing more that you started your diet. It’s really frustrating and demoralizing.
The Solution? Stop your external view of weight loss
You have to stop looking at weight loss as something that happens outside of you. You have to understand that permanent weight loss can only come from one place. It only comes deep within you. I know this flies in the face of all the products and advertising that you have been exposed to for years. After all, the global weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar behemoth precisely because most people look at weight loss in terms of buying the right product. You have to stop thinking that way. You have to stop looking at weight loss as an external phenomenon. Instead, you have to look at the reality of weight loss straight in the eye.
The reality: your inner world is reflected in your outer world
The way you look, the way you dress, the way you act around other people, and the way you act in certain circumstances are all reflections of your mindset. You have to understand this. This is the key to permanent lifestyle changes. Whether you’re looking at losing weight, making more money, getting promoted more, enjoying better relationships, attracting better people, this is the solution. You have to change your mindset so that you can produce the right set of actions which will impact you outer world. You have to understand that the outer world doesn’t care about your motivations and intentions. You may have intended the best things, you may have been motivated by the most noble drives. It doesn’t matter. The world only cares about the results you show. You have to understand that the way you act is a reflection of your mindset.
Key mindsets you need to adapt
The bottom line is if you want to lose weight permanently, you need to change how you look at yourself and your mindset. You have to change how you think. Here are the key mindset changes that you need to adopt if you wish to say goodbye permanently to your extra pounds.
First, you need to change from a dieting mindset to one of lifestyle modification. You have to remember that weight loss is the result of your lifestyle. Permanent weight loss doesn’t come from a temporary diet that you try from time to time.
Second, you need to shift from getting your comfort from food to other things. Maybe you should meditate. Maybe you should feel motivated and comforted when you exercise. Maybe you should think of past accomplishments that end up comforting you. Whatever you do, take the focus off food. People who struggle with their weight often eat so they can feel better about themselves. You have to shift from gaining comfort from food so you can fight your personal Battle Against The Bulge more effectively.
Third, you have to shift away from a “convenience mindset.” Stop thinking in terms of getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible. You have to stop thinking that way.
When you go to work, park at the farthest parking lot and walk to the door of your office. If your office is in a high rise, take the stairs. Change your mindset from convenience and impatience to one that incorporates a healthy dose of physical challenges.
Another mindset change that is crucial is that you have to believe that you will keep your weight off.
A lot of people who fail with their diets do so because they believe that results are temporary. Its not a surprise the weight ends up coming back. If you want to eliminate excess weight permanently, believe that it is possible.
Finally, you need to have a momentum mindset. Believe that the more you stick to something, the easier it will become. If you allow yourself to think this way, you will be able to lose weight permanently.
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