5 Signs Your Diet Is A #Fail

March 21, 2016

 

 

You’ve considered it for weeks, months, years even. And now is the time that you’ve decided to make a change and better your eating habits. You want results, so you want to dive in feet first. First, lets take a long, hard look at the diets you’re considering and answer five questions before proceeding. 

Only then can you be sure your diet is not going to land you in the land of failure. We don't start challenges in Sweat Nation to fail, we start them to overcome.

Question 1: Does it make you hungry all day every day?

When you’re on a diet, it’s normal to feel the occasional tinge of hunger. Much of those light hunger pangs, however, should be done away with by drinking a glass of water. And if you stay busy enough with life in general, you ought to be able to ignore some other hunger. You know like that time when you were so into a project that you didnt even notice you didn't eat all day. Let that be your sign that you really cn go a while without truly being hungry. If your diet has you feeling hungry at all times, you’re not going to last long. This is not the way to success.

To avoid falling into the pit of hunger despair, go with a diet that lets you eat protein, veggies, and healthy fats. Also, as stated above, drink plenty of water to avoid confusing hunger with thirst. I'm always a fan of reccommending sparkling water. Gives you that refreshing feeling.

Question 2: Does it force you to drop food groups?

A healthy diet is one that incorporates appropriate amounts of food from each food group. When a diet cuts an entire food group from your eating options, you’re going to have a hard time surviving your diet for longer than a week or two. 

One of the most popular food groups to cut is carbohydrates. While not eating carbs will indeed help you lose weight, how you eat your carbs matter. If you're getting in that intense movement that depletes your glycogen stores, then eating carbs can be useful, but if you're sitting around, all that energy will get stored as fat. Oh, and processed foods is not a food group, just in case you were wondering.

Question 3: Is your mood suddenly unpredictable? 

 

 
Everyone gets metabolic every once in a while, but if your diet is too restrictive, you may find your mood swings coming with greater regularity and severity. This happens because excessive caloric restrictions messes with the chemicals in your brain & hormones in your body. When this occurs, there is no telling what direction your mood will go. 

Before letting your diet ruin your relationships and put your career at risk, reconsider your diet and find one that helps you be cool, calm, and collected.

Question 4: Does it insist there is no need to exercise?

There are some diet plans that promise plenty of lost pounds without the addition of exercise. 

If this is the type of diet you’re considering or are in the midst of, beware! Exercise comes with countless health benefits that will make your weight loss all the more beneficial. From preventing chronic pain to improving your energy level and sleeping better, exercise is a vital component to any diet.

Question 5: Do you still weigh the same?

It is true that the best way to lose weight is slowly—approximately one or two pounds per week. But take note that slowly doesn’t mean not at all. 

In the event you’ve been on a diet for a few weeks without any results to speak of, then your diet needs some tinkering. This is when it's time to dig deeper to find the combination that will help you lose pounds. Otherwise, you’ll get discouraged with your diet and swap it for the old habits that got you where you don't want to be.

Remember that a true body transformation comes only from a combination of diet and exercise. They go together like vegetables and health.

 

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