Before I decided to change my eating habits, I tried a few diets that after one or two months failed miserably.
I tried to think about the things that went wrong and I came up with the 7 reasons that made me quit every time I started something.
The first mistake I made was when I went out with my friends.
Usually I was ashamed to admit I am on a diet, so I ordered all the junk food they had just to blend in. However not only food can harm a diet, but alcohol in general, and to be honest on a “girls night out“ I never said no.
Now the problem wasn’t only the fact that I ate and drank forbidden things, but what followed. There were two situations in my case:
- I gave up the diet because I felt like I failed and started stuffing myself with junk food, EVEN if I didn’t crave it.
- I noticed no change in my weight, so I didn’t see it as a threat, repeating the calorie and carb boosting over and over again.
My second mistake
I started believing whenever someone said “Fat people are happier”, or “if people don’t like you because you’re fat, they don’t deserve you losing weight for them.”
It is true, but why was I dieting in the first place? There are people who are happy even with their extra pounds and there is nothing wrong with that, but I wasn’t, otherwise I wouldn’t have started my diet. It was clear that I wasn’t the above category.
My third mistake
The biggest enemy of all diets and work out plans is laziness. I was working out hard, hectically, without a proper plan. One day I said, I’ll take a little break, I won’t do any exercise, but the next day I’ll double the amount.
It worked…for a while. Then I started skipping more and more days, coming up with ridiculous excuses, trying to justify myself. After a while I had more days off, than days when I actually worked out and obviously I didn’t do double or triple amount to catch up.
That’s when I noticed that the more active you are, the easier you defeat laziness, because you are not lazy, you become lazy by doing nothing.
My forth mistake
A very common mistake is the wrong diet plan that I worked out. Unfortunately some diets work only in summer. What happens in winter, when there are less fresh vegetables and the ones you buy seem tasteless? Well, I gave up my diet, instead of working out a winter diet, which is possible.
My fifth mistake
I was expecting immediate results. I didn’t have a drastic diet and I didn’t work out too much to have big expectations, but I found myself checking my weight every two hours. Obviously that leads to losing my motivation.
There are fad diets I read about, that can lead to dramatic results within no time, but I’m not that kind of person. I like lazy diets, with small changes, smaller amount of work out, letting my body adapt to the new situation. I found that is a good way to lose weight, as long as I had healthy expectations.
My sixth mistake
I gave up before I even started. Somehow, whenever I started a diet, on the second or third day I met someone who said “Oh, you’ve put on some weight.” Unfortunately that wasn’t something to motivate me to go on with my plan and lose weight, but led me to thoughts like: “Ok, so I am on a diet and people still think I’m fat? It’s not working.”
Giving up a diet is easier than keeping it, but unfortunately it won’t help you get in shape or keep your weight. Dieting once in a while works for some people, but changing your eating habits is something that you can do forever, if you have the will and the good plan for it.
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