Have you’ve ever wondered why most diets fail? It’s a fact. Years of research has show time and time again that 95% of diets fail.
If you feel discouraged and overwhelmed don’t be. Lets stop and look at the four reasons why most diets fail, and then find a healthy plant-based solution that overcomes these reasons. Hopefully with more knowledge and a little motivation you will soon find yourself on track to optimal health and success.
“For years, Dr. Neal D. Barnard has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research on what it really takes to lose weight and restore the body to optimal health.”
Let’s look at the four key factors that you need to know.
1-Restrictive Caloric Intake
The first big reason why most diets fail is because of the unrealistic calorie restrictions that your expected to follow each day. In other words, these diets put you into “starvation mode”. This caloric restriction is causing you to consume so little food that your body’s metabolic functions literally starts shutting down to conserve fuel.
For many of us who have tried this difficult (and sometimes extreme 1000-1200 calorie/day) diet you start to notice that you feel incredibly irritable, tired and unbearably hungry.
This restriction does not last very long and most people give up after a few days or a few weeks.
If you are overeating, a calorie reduction is necessary, but going from 3000 or 4000+ calories a day to 1000 may have a very negative impact on your metabolism and your mood.
2-Lack Of Fiber & Nutrient Dense Foods
Next, another big issue with most conventional diets is they are low in fiber and they aren’t providing you with enough nutrients. You need fiber to ‘keep things moving‘ along in your system optimally.
The nutritional density of your food is very important. Macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and protein) seem to be the focus of a lot of diets. Although Macronutrients are important they aren’t giving you the full picture of optimal nutrition. Micronutrients (foods factors that contain vitamins, minerals, fibers, and phytochemicals) are just as important. Nutritionally dense foods are high in phytochemicals and other micronutrients.
Make high fiber consumption and nutritionally dense foods a major focus in your weight loss plan, you can have great results and enjoy being on the diet while you do.
3-Time Spent On Meal Prep
Home cooked meals aren’t as common as they were 20 or even 10 years ago. Many people eat out far more than they eat a meal prepared at home.
The problem with eating out is that it affects our ability to control what goes into our body.
Fast food, restaurant food and even frozen meals tend to me much higher in calories, sugar, and salt.
Eating a home cooked meal isn’t as hard as it may seem especially if you prep your meals on the weekend for the upcoming week.
4-Lifestyle Changes vs. Diets
Now, we all know that any diet you follow should encourage a long-term approach. Weight loss, if it is to be maintained has to accompany a lifestyle change.
Every lifestyle change should start small and build on itself. 3 weeks is a small enough time period to not only see results but to learn new habits that can be the beginning of a whole new way of life.
Positive results from a healthy lifestyle change will help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, and increase your energy. It will also help you stay motivated and want to continue.
Good books can be a wealth of information. It’s important not only to take action but also to educate yourself on what your doing and why your doing it.
Here’s some info on the medical professional who wrote this book:
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is the president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Barnard Medical Center. He has written many books on plant based nutrition.
Most people can commit to a 21-day lifestyle change if they focus and make that commitment to themselves. This is precisely what the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart may help you achieve. By changing your habits, you can see remarkable improvements in your overall health and well being in just three weeks. Once you realize how much easier it is than the typical unhealthy diets that you may have tried in the past, you can take the changes you’ve made and build on it.