Why Your Diet Isn’t Working?

There are many reasons for the failure of diets. That’s why most overweight and obese people have already had a lot of diet attempts.

Often, the repeated variation between weight loss and gain drives to the so-called back and forth effect, in which a rapid increase often occurs after the reduction and the weight is usually even higher than before losing weight.

Below are ten reasons and facts when a diet isn’t working.


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Genetic Factors On Diet

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Our body and our genes are optimized for survival in tight times.

Permanent hunger and droughts during evolution have resulted in our bodies, storing multiple survival programs for these rare times to prevent starvation.

At no time have there been prolonged periods of permanent abundance, so according to today’s knowledge, we do not have a program for too much food.

The body, therefore, strives to store as much energy as possible.


Healthy Food Habits And Trained Eating Behavior On Diet

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Over the years, stabilized eating habits can not usually be changed in short periods.

We have learned to eat at certain times, regardless of whether we are hungry or not.


Low Weight And Lower Energy Consumption In Diet

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Diets cause an energy deficit, forcing the body to break down body fat.

However, active muscle tissue is also broken down, which in turn leads to a reduction in energy demand. So the body needs less energy.

In progression to lower the weight, the energy supply needs to be adjusted and reduced as well. It is essential that the number of required nutrition must be supported on this diet as well.

Sport can help maintain muscle tissue and thus keep energy demand high.


Dictated Healthy Diet Plan Or Food Habits

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Diets that are prescribed from the beginning without involving those affected in the decision-making process are often aborted.

So the reaction resistance to the restrictions is increasing. Diet measures are best enjoyed when discussed and agreed together.

Instead of working with strict guidelines and absolute bans, it is better to allow behavioral boundaries with manageable limits.


Social Environmental Factors That Influence Eating Habits In Diet

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Individual behavior is highly dependent on the social network and dietary habits, in turn, is strongly influenced by the action of others.

The likelihood of dietary success increases with the level of health awareness of the people in the environment.

It would be ideal for including relevant people from the surrounding social environment, such as spouses, in the diet.


Keeping A Diet Is More Difficult Nowadays Because Of The Big Food Supply Available Everywhere

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The food offer available today is enormous and is characterized by a variety of products that can hardly be overlooked.

This diversity has a disadvantage. The more diverse the food choices, the more is consumed and the harder it is to restrict calorie intake.

Thus, it can be said that diversity increases consumption and is, therefore, one of the reasons why diets fail.

Of course, a varied diet is conducive to micronutrient diversity. Micronutrients are substances necessary for the body that do not provide energy – such as vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.

But with a large choice of food, the energy supply should always be kept in mind, especially with processed products.


Keep Your Diet In Control By Preventing Oversized Portions And By Selection Of Packaging Sizes

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Other in diet critical issues are large food portions and packages, as they contribute to increasing the calorie intake.

Especially for eaters who depend on external stimuli and their food intake is superficially controlled by external signals. These people only eat more food because of the bigger packages.

The stop signals “Empty Package” or “Empty Plate” are associated with increased calorie intake in the case of large packages or large plates.

Only a classical shopping behavior helps here, which teaches to stop buying of big food packages. As a result, and by the less frequent consumption of processed and fast foods, the calorie intake will be lowered as well.

To fulfill fast and effectively food saturation signals, the consumption of protein and high fiber foods are recommended on your diet plan.


On a diet: Time Factor of Satisfaction

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Negative and positive consequences in the diet differ in time. A tasty high fat and high-energy meal lead to immediate saturation.

It is therefore perceived as an immediate positive influence, although it is known that this diet has a negating effect in the long term and leads to obesity.

However, a healthy meal does not immediately lead to goals being achieved. So there is no direct positive influence.

This can lead to difficulties in diets, as timely consequences are upgraded from a psychological point of view and long-term little behavioral.


The Decrease In Weight Loss While Dieting

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At the beginning of a diet, greater success is usually possible quickly, but these will decrease as the diet proceeds.

That after some time showing less success is nutritionally quite reasonable but can be demotivating.

In such a situation, it must not be wrongly assumed that the diet does nothing.

If we return to old diet eating habits at this point, fast weight gain will occur very fast.

It is always helpful to graphically represent the weight over some time so that the long-term success becomes visible.


When Diet Goals Are Set Up Too High

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It can be demotivating if unrealistic goals are set like losing 33 pounds in 6 weeks is nonsensical.

Such a target will most likely be missed, which will cause motivation to collapse in the whole effort and, in the worst case scenario, to stop all the measures that have been started.

Here only helps to set realistic goals and milestones when starting a diet. The body weight is to be slowly lowered in the long term but will shift from day to day.


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