Why does Dieting Fail?

In many cases, the failure of the plans is due to unrealistic goals. Because we adopt a diet as something temporary .

Why most plans are doomed to fail? This is not a rhetorical question. The reasons may be diverse, however, more and more people start dieting and end up giving it up.

It is not unreasonable to say that a general characteristic of the world in which we live is physical discontent.

As strong self-esteem can be, there is almost always something we would like to change in our appearance . One of the aspects of the physiognomy that generates the most disapproval is overweight .

Whether we are really overweight or just a few extra pounds, it seems that what is normal is having the desire to lose weight. That’s why diets are now part of our daily lives.

Now, it is important to understand everything this process understands and what is the failure of the plans. In this way, you will be alert to any inconsistency in your diet

What is a diet?

The word diet refers to the daily consumption of food, regardless of its characteristics. However, we also use this shortened term to refer to a temporary diet that involves reducing or even eliminating certain foods in order to lose weight .

Why are we on a diet?

The apparent reason for dieting is related to the need, justified or not, to lose weight. In addition, deeper motivations tend to hide behind. It’s not about losing weight for the sake of losing it, but to achieve a psychological or social goal.

According to surveys conducted by the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO), for most people, ”  the main motivation for losing weight is to feel good , because 82.8% want to be good health and fit . However, there are also the following other reasons:

  • Change of look (85%)
  • Emotional balance (78%)
  • Sexual life (58%)
  • Job search (65.4%)

This means that the need or desire to lose weight comes from aesthetic, physical and psychological health reasons (self-esteem). But also approval requirements in social environments.

Why do diets fail?

The most common causes of plan failure were summarized as follows:

1. Failure of plans: lack of professional advice:

Many people make the mistake of following diets that friends recommend or talk about in magazines or on the Internet, without ever asking for advice from a professional.

The key to successful dieting is that a specialist considers the relevance of some of the patient’s personal factors such as the number of pounds he wants to lose, any existing health problems, age, physical activity daily, etc.

In addition, in case of possible health problems, the nutritionist may request the intervention of other specialists , such as endocrinologists or psychologists.

2. Failure of plans: inappropriate for personal needs:

Each person is unique, both because of the peculiarities of their organization and their daily activities, their relationships, and a host of reasons.

Thus, each individual has specific dietary needs. These must be taken into account when defining the most appropriate type of diet. This reinforces the importance of going to the nutritionist.

3. Diet failure: not enough physical exercise:

Generally, when people start diets without the advice of a professional, they neglect physical exercises. However, physical activity is essential.

First, avoid sedentary lifestyle, which is one of the main causes of weight gain. Next, help speed up the metabolic processes that promote weight loss.

4. Failure of plans: unrealistic goals:

The overweight accumulated in our body over the years can not disappear overnight. This is one of the most common inconsistencies that lead to the failure of the schemes. Expecting fast, almost magical results with as little effort as possible is unrealistic.

In addition, it should be remembered that too strict a diet can lead to mood swings , fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Headaches, fatigue and digestive problems are also common. That’s why a lot of people end up throwing in the towel.

What is the ideal diet?

According to nutrition expert Ángeles Carbajal Azcona in his nutrition and dietetics manual, an ideal dieting regimen is the one that allows you to lose weight and maintain muscle mass. To achieve the desired results, the nutritionist recommends:

  • Follow a low calorie diet
  • Exercise:  this way we “promote the expenditure of energy” with a consequent help in reducing fat, but without harming the muscle mass
  • Permanently change eating habits

All specialists agree on the rejection of standardized diets . They ensure that each particularity inherent in the case of the patient must be taken into account. Therefore, the following must be considered:

  • Metabolic condition or particular condition
  • Eating habits
  • Quantity of weight to lose
  • Personal and professional activities
  • Physical and psychological abilities

Otherwise, the person is sentenced to failure of dieting.

Finally, as we have seen, a plan is a complex process that must be conducted with great control and consistency. Only then can the results be in line with expectations.