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5 Reasons Why Your Diet Isn’t Working

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This is a guest post by Susan Jacobs.

If you’re being repeatedly disappointed every time you step on the scales or slip into your jeans, then you know your diet isn’t working. How could this be, you ask yourself. You could have sworn you were doing everything right! Below, you will find the top five most plausible reasons your diet isn’t working:

1. You’re Not Trying Hard Enough – Ouch. That’s the one thing you didn’t want to hear, wasn’t it? Still, you need to take a step back and assess how much you are committed to this new diet. Are you still sneaking in things you shouldn’t? Are you allowing yourself “breaks” on the weekend?

2. Your Body Is Adjusting – It’s possible that your body has slowed its metabolism in order to conserve energy. As your body adjusts to your new diet (which, hopefully, is a safe and sensible diet), you may see a stalemate for a while when you step on the scales.

3. You Don’t Drink Enough Water – Hydration is essential for both physical and mental well-being and people really underestimate the power of drinking water. It will flush out your body’s toxins, stem cravings and more, so drink your recommended 8-10 glasses a day. If you are sweating a lot from a regular workout routine, you should be drinking even more than that!

4. You Are Still Eating “American-Sized” Portions – There is a growing problem in America and other Westernized cultures where people’s ideas of portion size are completely skewed. Maybe we should blame restaurants that offer us enormous meals. Still, you need to learn how to properly portion your meals, rather than adhere to society’s newfound standard.

5. Your Diet Isn’t “Working” Because You Are Impatient – It is very possible that your diet is working fine, yet it will be doomed to failure because you get impatient. The slower you drop the pounds, the better, which may disappoint those of you trying to get bikini fit in six weeks. Just remember, you are doing this for long-term health.

The above tips are provided on the assumption that your diet is a sensible one. Of course something like the carrot juice diet fad was doomed for failure – that is no way to sustain your life on a long-term basis. Instead, your “diet” should merely consist of well-rounded, lean meals. Throw in some regular exercise and you will realize just how much you were over thinking this weight loss thing.

Susan Jacobs is a teacher, a freelance writer as well as a regular contributor for NOEDb, a site helping students obtain an online nursing degree. Susan invites your questions, comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address susan.jacobs45 [at] gmail [dot] com

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11 Responses to 5 Reasons Why Your Diet Isn’t Working
  1. Evan
    March 18, 2008 | 12:44 am

    If you aren’t ‘trying hard enough’, consider why.

    Perhaps it is something you don’t want to do. Perhaps there are good reasons you don’t want to.

    Perhaps not, but just keeping on keeping on can be silly.

    You won’t know unless you stop and ask yourself.

  2. admin
    March 18, 2008 | 10:41 am

    Very good points Evan!

    Sometimes if the premise behind the action is not strong, then the desire to achieve the aim/goal will be weak. Hence the result will most likely not be attained!

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