Why Most Fad “Diets” Fail (And What You Can Do About It)
Why Most “Diets” Fail (And What You Can Do About It)
Today, let’s talk about why most fad diets fail and of course, what you can do about it.
I understand the concerns many women face on a regular basis. Here are a few scenarios – you may find that you relate to more than one.
The Busy Mom
As a mother to 2 toddlers, I can completely relate to you. Children always come first and it is very easy to let our own health needs be pushed backwards.
The “busy mom” is the one that puts everyone first. Her health and wellness is not a priority, although she knows it should be. She tries to make some changes, but once her family’s needs come up before her own, she loses sight of her goals and intentions which leaves her right back at where she started. With this lifestyle, her diet choices tend to fail.
The busy mom may also have really bad PMS that she is trying to navigate through which impacts her energy and mood. (Download our free PMS Guide here)
You may like our article “How to Lose Weight When You Don’t Have Much Time.”
The Working Lady
The working lady is the one that is career-driven. She puts 110% into her career and her health second. She may wake up early to workout or try to workout during lunch hour, but when work work commitments take the stage, everything else gets pushed aside and her diet and workout choices fail.
If you’re a working mom, you know how many hats you are wearing within a 24 hour period. You may enjoy our article “How to Eat Healthy as A Working Mom.”
The Yo-Yo Dieter
The yo-yo dieter is the one that will suddenly make several habit changes: dietary and lifestyle. She restricts herself, but is able to follow a plan closely, no matter the mental or emotional drawbacks.
The problem is that even though she gets results quickly, she can’t sustain that lifestyle. The way of eating she chose is too restrictive and her exercise regiment is unrealistic long-term. She ends up binge eating and reverting back to old [and unhealthy] habits.
The “Try” Something New Lady
This is the lady that will hear about a diet trend from a friend or off the web. She is willing to try it and see how it works for her. It may work, it may not. She tries it for herself and may yield results. She will be excited and super motivated initially. Eventually, the excitement dies down and she reverts to old habits and does not sustain her results.
The All or Nothing
This is the person who shakes her routine upside down and dives into a completely new routine. She strips her fridge and pantry and follows the plan as closely as possible. But, when she goes slightly off the plan, she gives up completely. This is the all or nothing mentality.
Why Do Most Fad Diets Fail?
The term diet implies a specified type of eating that follows specific nutritional needs or requirements. A diet can be (and should be) catered to the individual. Most people use the term “diet” to what is actually a “fad diet.”
When a client comes to our clinic, they will be following a “diet.” The difference is; however, is that the diet is catered to their specific health needs and goals. This type of diet is also realistic and is meant to create sustainable, long-term results and healthy habits. This is an approach you can’t find just anywhere.
Fad diets are diets that gain popularity. Social media and the regular media can influence people to follow specific fad diets. You can use the term fad diets and generic diets interchangeably.
Most fad diets fail for multiple reasons. Here’s why:
- They do not cater to the individuals goals and health needs.
- The individual does not adjust the diet to meet their lifestyle needs.
- A diet is too restrictive and unrealistic.
- Too many habit changes too quickly.
- Their routine changes so they revert back to old habits (aka comfort zone).
- They travel and don’t understand how to make healthy changes. When they return from their trip, they have a hard time re-adjusting.
- They do not see immediate results because they do not know how to properly track progress. Therefore, they revert back to old habits.
- Fad diets are meant to yield “quicker” results. They are typically not meant to be long-term. They lack the teaching component to educate people on how to create habits you can in fact sustain.
- People become too obsessive when it comes to food and meal time that their emotional and mental state become affected.
- They do not feel good on the diet and revert back to old habits (example, blood sugar issues, energy dips, loss of period, acne, inflammation, hormonal changes, affected sleep and/or mental state).
Overcoming A Fad Diet
You may be reading this and may be unhappy with your diet (a.k.a your way of eating). You may have stubborn weight or are simply not feeling good like you thought you may. You may have also tried a fad diet and realized it wasn’t for you. So, what’s next?
Gratefully so, this is why our readers become members. As simple as our “basic” membership, you will learn tactics to practice everyday that can help you create something realistic and sustainable. You will have access to our videos and care.
If you are overcoming a fad diet on your own, try to follow these steps:
- Acknowledge where you’re at and be realistic.
- Be true to yourself and your feelings.
- Identify how you plan on moving forward and commit to even something small. Small changes end up being the most sustainable and realistic.
- Become more mindful about your exercise and eating habits without adhering to a specific “diet” or plan.
The Problem With Fad Diets
The problem with fad diets is that due to their level of restriction (for most of them), they often lack essential nutrients that we, especially as women, need and thrive off of. This can create stubborn weight, menstrual and fertility issues, thyroid issues and other chronic symptoms. If you are dealing with hormonal issues OR symptoms that can insinuate hormonal imbalance, download our free natural hormone balancing guide today.
There are also fad diets that do not have dietary restrictions, but to require the dieter to calorie count. This poses another issue of mental restriction and obsession over food.
If you have thyroid issues, try our free thyroid balancing guide. Get your copy here.
How You Can Actually Create Something Sustainable
- Start small. Narrow down on one small change or swap you can make and commit to it until you’ve mastered it.
- Work with a practitioner. Discuss your needs with our practitioner to ensure you’re optimizing your diet and overcoming any underlying health issues.
- Track progress properly. Don’t rely on your scale. Our Basic Membership provides you with valuable templates to ensure that you’re tracking your progress most effectively.
- Be prepared. Whether you’re traveling, entering summer, or your routine is changing for whatever reason, prepare yourself. Have a calendar and write your commitments in, write down your meals for the week or pack snacks for vacation. Preparation is key for success.