Have you ever tried a new diet or nutrition strategy, only to find yourself still struggling with your weight? Or perhaps you’ve changed your exercise routine, but found it doesn’t help you lose weight. If so, then it’s possible that there are certain things about your lifestyle—and even how you think about food and exercise—that need to change before a new strategy will work for you. Here I’ll outline the most common reasons why people fail at making meaningful changes.
Focusing on the scale
The scale is not a reliable indicator of health. It doesn’t tell you if you’re losing fat or gaining muscle, and it can be misleading by showing a change in body weight when your body is actually getting healthier and more fit.
When it comes to nutrition and fitness, there are many factors that we can’t see but that impact our health: hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies or excesses (such as low levels of magnesium), inflammation, gut health issues like leaky gut syndrome…and the list goes on!
The scale also doesn’t tell us how much water weight we may be retaining due to dehydration or excessive salt intake.
Not thinking long term
It’s important to remember that taking care of your body is a process. Long-term health and fitness are not achieved overnight, which means that expecting instant results will only lead to disappointment. It takes time for new habits to become ingrained in our lifestyle and for us to develop new healthy habits. Be patient with yourself as you work toward your goals and celebrate your progress along the way!
Trying to diet alone
A support system is one of the most crucial factors when it comes to successfully changing your lifestyle. If you’re trying to do this alone, you’ll likely fail. There are many reasons why people who want to change their eating habits fail:
It’s hard to stay motivated without support (or at least some accountability).
You need someone who understands how hard it can be and will hold you accountable when things get tough.
A plan is necessary! You can’t just wing it with dieting.
The bottom line is that no matter how much willpower we think we have, our brains are wired for instant gratification—and if we don’t have an external source of motivation, then we won’t stick with any diet over the long term unless there are other forces motivating us (like health or guilt).
Being too restrictive
The problem with restrictive diets is that they’re generally unsustainable. Long-term weight loss happens when you develop healthy habits that you can stick with for life. Restrictive diets often make it difficult to feel satisfied and can leave you feeling deprived, which makes them a short-term fix at best.
On top of that, restrictive diets have been shown to be unhealthy in other ways too—they can actually make you gain weight in the long term! And if your goal is weight loss, then there’s no point in gaining back any of the weight you lost once your diet is over because it will take even longer for your body to get back down to where it was before your diet started!
Exercising too much
People who exercise too much may experience health problems. They can develop overuse injuries, such as tendinitis and stress fractures. Over-training can also lead to muscle loss and fatigue. In addition, if you are not eating properly, your body will not have the energy it needs to perform at its best during workouts and you’ll likely notice that you feel more tired than usual during your routine. This may also lead people to become depressed because they’re not getting the results they want from their workouts or because they feel like they don’t have enough energy for other activities throughout the day.
Bonus!!! Nutrition strategies fail when people are not willing to change their entire lifestyle.
This is the most common reason for failure. You need to change your entire lifestyle, not just one aspect of it. Change your habits, attitude, environment and mindset as well as nutrition and exercise. Don’t expect a miracle or magic pill if you want to improve your health and stay healthy for a long time!
If you want to lose weight then:
Change your goals from losing weight fast (which doesn’t work) to losing weight slowly while adding muscle mass (which does work)
Eat less calories than are burned on average per day
Burn more calories than are eaten on average per day
There are many reasons why people fail to lose weight, but it’s important to remember that nutrition strategies don’t work for everyone. The best way to lose weight is by making small changes in your lifestyle and sticking with them over time. You will never be able to maintain a healthy diet if you don’t change your entire lifestyle—from cooking at home instead of eating out every night (or even once) each week until exercising regularly or being more active throughout the day at work or home. If you want lasting results, then make sure you think long term and find someone who can help support you along the journey!