5% of diets fail. They fail for a variety of different reasons. Some of the reasons are physical while others are mental. And frequently diets fail because the diet being attempted isn’t a prudent one. Examining why diets fail can help you create a diet that works.
The first reason diets fail is because people attempt a diet that’s unsustainable. For example, if your diet involves eating disgusting food you don’t like, you might be able to maintain that for a short period of time. But it’s difficult to continually eat food you don’t like. The same holds true for exercising. If you decide to exercise for 2 or 3 hours a day, that’s going to be difficult to maintain.
The second reason diets fail is because many dieting strategies aren’t good for you. For example, back in the 1990’s low-fat diets were all the rage. However, further research from Harvard nutritionists has shown that not only is some fat food for you, it’s vital. By ignoring fat, you reduce nutrient absorption and your body struggles with other functions. The same applies for other extreme diets like low-carb or high-protein diets. The best days contain a mix of non-refined carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean protein.
The third reason diets fail is because people aren’t able to transform temporary behavior changes into permanent habits. A behavior change is something you do differently for a short period of time. Converting that behavior change into a permanent part of your life is much tougher. It requires daily repetition and it requires you to repeat for at least a few weeks. If you can continue for at least a few weeks, it’ll start to become part of your normal behavior.
In closing, diets fail for many different reasons. But if you examine why your diets have failed in the past, you might be able to become part of the 5% that succeed. A diet can be sustainable if it’s realistic.