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Why Diets Fail (And How To Make Yours Succeed)

Why Diets Fail (And How To Make Yours Succeed)

Do you ever wonder why you’re not successful at dieting? We are often told to simply “eat less and exercise more”, with the implication being that if you fail you simply didn’t try hard enough. I know it’s not that simple. Losing weight and adhering to a healthy diet is a complex issue, that often involves both physical and psychological factors.

Here are 3 reasons why diets often fail (and my #1 tip to ensure yours succeeds).

  • You’re Relying On Willpower.  There is a science to weight management, and there are a number of physical responses that occur in the body when we eat (or don’t eat). Hormones, food allergies, food quality and volume, hydration levels and many other factors influence hunger, satiety and ultimately body weight. The old adage of “eat less and exercise more” doesn’t address any of these issues. Starving yourself on a low calorie diet or restricting carbs or fat is only sustainable for so long. Hunger increases, cravings increase, and eventually we go back to our old ways of eating. It’s like trying to hold your breath; you can do it for a while but eventually you need to come up for air.
  • Emotional Eating.  There is an emotional component to food that many typical diets ignore. Do you eat more when you are stressed or depressed? If so, you need a plan for dealing with emotions that doesn’t involve food. Healthy eating habits and healthy coping strategies go hand-in-hand.
  • You Don’t Have A Plan. Good health and weight loss are not something that just happen to you. Success requires planning, action and consistency. Goals to “get healthier” or “lose some weight” aren’t actionable enough, and don’t address lifestyle factors. You need to design a healthy a lifestyle that supports your goals.

So what’s the solution?

Good health and a healthy body weight are a factor of a balanced, healthy lifestyle.  You need a plan that you can enjoy, that is sustainable, and that treats your body with the love and respect it deserves. A plan that includes:

  • Eating nourishing, real food to reduce inflammation and allow your body to function optimally
  • Eating enough food to support good health, without overeating
  • Having balanced meals and snacks with all three macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs) to balance blood sugar levels and avoid late night binging.
  • Finding non-food ways to deal with emotions
  • Prioritizing sleep and an overall healthy lifestyle
  • Reducing environmental factors that contribute to weight gain

I cover all this and more in my personalized weight loss programs. No dietary dogma, no crazy food restricting, this is the real deal;  learn the keys to weight loss, weight maintenance, and improved health leading all through eating food you love that is easily found at any grocery store.  Learn more here.



Maranda Carvell

Maranda Carvell is a Nutritionist and Weight Loss Coach helping people create healthy lifestyles they love, without diets or deprivation. She helps people reclaim their energy and manage their weight with ease with her Cut The CRAP 21 Day Whole Food Challenge and private weight loss coaching.

She is best known for her simple and practical approach to nutrition, has been published on MindBodyGreen, in REDBOOK Magazine and was named one of 2015's Top Nutrition Blogs by the Institute For The Psychology of Eating.