Are you getting discouraged trying to follow your diet?
Often we start a diet strong. We get the plan, the recipes, and the groceries. We plan, we meal prep, and we start with great intentions. But then, days, weeks, or even months later, we revert back to how we’ve always eaten. Here are 3 reasons that it may be falling apart:
Reason 1 – Your Thinking
You may be having terrible thoughts about what it takes to lose weight.
The problem with this is your thoughts drive your feelings which, in turn, drives the actions you take. If you are having negative thoughts about what it means to be on a diet, you are going to feel terrible and your actions won’t lead to results that get you closer to your goal. You may stay on track for a while using willpower, but that will soon wear thin.
Some examples of theses kinds of thoughts:
- I can’t have carbs.
- I lose weight slowly.
- I’m addicted to food.
- I can’t eat things I enjoy.
- I can’t get started on eating sweets or I won’t be able to stop.
- I just need to find the right diet/plan/supplement/shake.
- I’m going to be hungry.
- Dieting is miserable.
- I can’t have a social life and enjoy eating out.
- I can’t lose weight because of my thyroid and my medications.
- I have to feel deprived in order to lose weight.
- Dieting has to be all or nothing or it’s not good enough.
- Add in your own negative thinking…
You can only be successful with thoughts like these for a very short time. When you see the weight loss journey as misery, you won’t sustain your progress. Much of my coaching helps my clients with thoughts like these. You may feel like some of these thoughts are facts, but there is no benefit to you to keep thinking them. They will not get you to your goal.
The good news is, these thoughts are optional.
Reason 2 – You see diets as temporary
When you go on a diet, you don’t think of it as a permanent lifestyle change.
You follow the plan for a time and either give up at some point or reach your goal weight. Then you go back to eating the way you used to eat.
I want to encourage you to lose weight the way you will keep it off. Make changes that you are willing to do for the rest of your life. Instead of making drastic changes all at once, build habits that you’re willing to sustain.
A slow, steady weight loss with a nutrition plan that you develop yourself is going to set you up for long term success compared to a restrictive diet that you only want to do until you hit your goal. This is one of the things we develop in my 6-week coaching program: Eating on Purpose.
Reason 3 -You Are Too Restrictive
You can only handle being restrictive for a time.
Not every diet out there is bad. But some can be so restrictive that they are unhealthy. And sometimes we fall into the trap of looking for the magic bullet. When the diet doesn’t work, we blame the diet. It doesn’t encourage us to look for solutions and listen to our own bodies.
When the diet prescribes how many calories or points or macros you eat, sometimes you may unintentionally overeat – because you have points, or macros left – even when you’re not hungry. When I did Weight Watchers I had a habit of eating all my points. Even if I wasn’t truly hungry. Because I loved food and the plan said I could have it. I did the same thing with the keto diet. I paid more attention to hitting my macros than paying attention to whether I was even hungry. There is no problem with those particular diets, but when you’re eating beyond your body’s need for fuel, you will struggle with your weight.
The solution: Basic, simple, do-able habits repeated daily. Implement changes that you’re willing to stick to for life. Identify thoughts that keep you stuck and do the work to change them.
If you are ready to approach weight loss differently, I’d like to invite you to grab my eBook below. It will introduce you to the 4 basic habits that will help you start to practice awareness and thoughtfulness on a daily basis to drive your results closer and closer to your goal.