- You picked a diet based on marketing not you, your preferences, lifestyle and goals. Nutritional approaches should be individualised.
- You started with the wrong mindset. Starting a diet because you don’t like your appearance can lead to an unhealthy body image and relationship with food. Learn to love and embrace your current body for what it is whilst looking for improvement.
- You focused on fat loss over health. They aren’t the same thing and often people sacrifice health for quicker fat loss leading to complications down the road.
- You didn’t start in the correct place. Current calorie intake, exercise levels, health, sleep, stress and mental state all impact the effectiveness of a diet. If these are off the additional stress of dieting will most probably be counterproductive.
- You only dieted Monday-Friday. It’s much easier to over eat than under eat and a weekend’s worth of over eating can easily cancel out 5 days’ worth of being in a calorie deficit.
- You had unrealistic expectations. It’s not your fault the media and certain personalities constantly cram extreme diet’s and results down our throats. The reality is you can’t lose 7lbs of body fat in a week, weight? Maybe but not body fat. My clients lose on average 2lbs per week when the goal is fat loss.
- You didn’t learn how to manage social situations. When dieting people either remove them self’s completely from social situations or binge completely because they hate their diet and haven’t developed good habits. Take a sustainable approach so you don’t feel the need to binge completely and learn how to make smart swaps, so you can enjoy social situations whilst making progress.
- You didn’t have a support network. Your friends might not understand your goals and that make’s it tough. It’s easier to bring other people down than put the work in needed to make the same progress, remember that next time someone make’s a remark on your goals/diet. Surround yourself with positive people on the same journey to increase result and have fun doing it. Don’t have any? Find some!
- You only focused on food quality without understanding calories. Whilst ‘healthy’ food is usually less dense in calories and more nutrient dense, excess calories from anywhere will be stored as fat. Try tracking your calorie intake using my fitness pal for a week, you might be surprised how many calories there are in your favourite health foods.
- You spent too much time focusing on things that don’t matter. Meal frequency, carb timing, high GI vs low GI, types of cardio, best time to train, supplements etc etc are all very largely irrelevant. Consistently to a sustainable calorie deficit will be responsible for 99% of your results.
What one of the above reasons applies to you? Maybe it was a combination? Drop me an email and let me know so I can help.
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