5 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results With Your Current Diet
It’s safe to say that starting a new fat loss program can be motivating and even exciting at times.
It’s also safe to say that not seeing any results from a new diet is frustrating, and it makes it hard to keep moving forward.
Here’s the deal:
There are many reasons why people don’t see the results they envisioned when they first started a new diet.
However, today I’m going to be sharing with you the 5 main reasons why people fail to get results with any diet.
Let’s get started.
Reason #1: You Haven’t Given it Enough Time to Work
Look, I get it. We live in a busy world and we want results now.
No scratch that, yesterday.
But understand that if you have a long way to go to reach your fitness goals, you can’t expect to achieve them overnight. Yet many people do, and as a result many people set unrealistic expectations for what a diet can and can’t do for them.
And what happens when you set unachievable goals? Yeah, you just set yourself up for major disappointment and failure.
Instead you need to take a step back and realize that if you have 50 pounds to lose it could take you up to a year to lose that weight. But so what?
A year will come and go by anyway so you might as well slow down and do things right the first time. This’ll be much better than the people who go all out to lose 25 pounds only to quit and gain it right back.
Reason #2 Your Diet is Setting You Up to Fail
Ok so maybe you have set some realistic goals for yourself, but something’s still not quite right. Well a good possibility is that your diet is causing you to fail.
Yes, you read that right!
You see many of the mainstream diets today act as these quick fix solutions. And it makes complete sense from the marketer’s point of view. Which of the following would you rather buy?
Product A: Lose 10 pounds overnight by drinking this powerful juice extracted from the Amazon rain forest right before bed!
Product B: Lose 1 pound per week with this solid diet and exercise routine!
Yeah, without a doubt, A sounds more enticing. And that’s exactly why many diets and supplements are marketed in a similar fashion to product A.
The problem is that these products can’t deliver what they promise…at least not in the long run. Let’s take the liquid diet for example.
Can you lose weight rapidly drinking nothing but liquids? You bet.
However, that’s not the issue. The problem is that nobody in their right mind is going to keep drinking strictly liquids for the rest of their life in order to sustain their new bodyweight.
This is the reason why diets such as the liquid diet or low carb diet will eventually cause you to fail. You just can’t sustain them for a long period of time, aka the rest of your life.
Reason #3 You’re not Tracking Your Progress Correctly
Surprise, surprise but did you know that people underestimate the amount of calories that they consume? People also overestimate the amount of calories that they burn from exercise.
With this being the case, it’s no wonder why people don’t see the results that they want! So if you’re not progressing at the rate you’d like, this could be why.
What can you do about this? Well I’ve got 2 suggestions for you:
1. Accurately count your calories/macros with something like My Fitness Pal.
Then add 10% to the numbers they give you. For example, let’s say that app says a large apple contains 100 calories.
You’re going to add 10% to that number giving you 110 total calories. It’s a good idea to do this simply because a “large” apple is very subjective, and inherently you’ll want to assume that you’re consuming less calories than you actually are.
2. Don’t account for any calories burned through exercise.
“Hey this isn’t fair! I know that my kickboxing workout burned at least 1,000 calories!” No it didn’t.
Most people don’t realize what burning 1,000 calories in a single workout really looks like. The reality is that most workouts will burn closer to 300 calories possibly more depending on the intensity.
And as far as I’m concerned, those burned calories should be used to give you some extra leeway in your diet. So just in case if you don’t accurately measure something it won’t mess up your progress.
Also, if you want to treat yourself every once in a while, you can do it. Think of those calories burned during exercise more as a bonus that’ll help you reach your goal faster, instead of something that entitles you to eat more than you should.
Reason #4 How Closely Are You Following the Plan?
Ok so assuming that you’re actually on a solid diet plan, the next reason why you might be struggling is due to a lack of execution. No matter how good a diet plan is on paper, it can’t work for you unless you actually follow through with it.
I know this sounds obvious, but surprisingly people go through the motions with diet and exercise plans, and then they complain when they get mediocre results. If you want to get the most out of your diet plan, then you must follow it to a T.
Follow it exactly as it’s laid out, don’t cut any corners, and see it through until the end. This way if you still fail, you’ll know that it was an issue with the program itself not you.
Reason #5 The Final Verdict: You’re Not Creating a Caloric Deficit
Ok so ultimately if you’re not losing weight with a diet it’s for one simple reason:
You’re not getting and staying in a caloric deficit. Sounds blunt I know, but it’s true.
The caloric deficit is all that matters when it comes to fat loss. A good diet filled with healthy foods won’t matter if you’re still in a caloric surplus.
If you’re completely disregarding the caloric deficit, then that’s why you’re still struggling to lose weight. And in order to fix this problem, you need to eat less and/or move more.
Boom it’s that simple. It really isn’t any more complicated than that.
It’s no surprise that people want to lose weight. That’s why people go on diets.
Sadly, most people don’t ever see the success they envisioned when they first started. Fortunately, you now know the main reasons why people struggle with regular diets, and you can avoid making those same mistakes.