The whole diet process may seem like a physical act but to me, it’s much more psychological than physical. The body follows the mind in everything we do, whether it be playing sport, working or eating. This is a major reason why diets don’t work for most people.

We make a mental decision and then our body carries out that command. When we want to lose excess body fat, most people turn to some sort of diet without a definite plan or understanding of what they have to do in order for their plan to be successful. When this plan fails, we often feel frustrated and this usually leads us back to the very thing we’re trying to prevent in the first place, eating more of the wrong foods.



If you did a random survey anywhere in the world and asked people one simple question, what’s the one thing you must do to lose weight? I bet the most common response to that question will be: Eat less food.

As you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking that the answer sounds correct and it certainly does make sense but, in fact, the answer is wrong. So, once again, this is another reason why diets don’t work. The true answer, as unbelievable as it may sound, is you need to eat more food to lose weight. That’s more of the right foods, not the wrong ones.

It’s normally due to lack of understanding when it comes to eating and the body, why diets don’t work for most people.


The key to losing weight is in the foods you eat, at what times you eat and the frequency of your meals. If you truly are motivated enough and have a deep enough desire to lose fat and keep it off for reasons nobody needs to know but you, let me tell you it can be done. Why diets don’t work for many people is they’re simply not committed to changing their poor or lazy style of eating.


The word diet is so overused and it often conjures up the idea of restriction. As human beings, we detest the idea of restriction and instead crave as much freedom as possible in all the things we undertake in our lives. You may have heard the saying, you always want what you can’t have, well that certainly seems to be the case from the very day we start on a new diet and adds another factor in regards to why diets don’t work.

The sweets and fatty cravings for burgers or pizza we may succumb to at times when we’re not dieting often seem irresistible once we begin a diet, this is another common reason why diets don’t work. So it’s the cravings we need to address in order to begin and stay on the correct path when eating well for life.


In order to begin this new style of eating, it’s important to be aware there are no fad diets that work. You can’t eat a grapefruit-only diet and lose weight and stay healthy and, even if you can, will you really want to?

The good news is that although most diets do fail, we have all heard of obese people who have managed to lose most of their body fat and keep it off for life. The following information explains how they did it and if you stick to this style of eating, it’ll work for you. So finally you can stop wasting time and start getting results.


The effective solution to losing fat and keeping it off lies is an understanding of your metabolism. Once you get a clearer understanding of how the metabolism works, you’ll begin to see why diets don’t work.

Metabolism is the rate at which your body processes food. Or more simply put, the faster your metabolism the faster your body can burn calories and the best way to speed up your metabolism is to eat food more often. If you concentrate on eating lean meats like chicken, fish or beef with lots of green vegetables and small servings of fruit spread out every 3 hours in medium servings, you’ll speed up your metabolism.

Instead of eating 3 meals per day, which will keep your metabolism at quite a slow rate, try and eat 5-6 small to medium size meals per day and don’t eat till you’re full. On top of this, to keep your metabolism really firing throughout the day, sip on a half litre of water between each meal. The continuous water intake also allows your body to metabolize fat better and therefore it is less likely to store it.


One way I learned to understand how the metabolism process works and why diets don’t work was to consider the old steam train. The more coal you can shovel into the engines furnace, the faster the train will go. As the coal burned out and no more was shovelled into the engine, the slower the train will run.

The human body works on exactly the same principle, the more good food or energy you feed your body the faster your body will burn calories. However, the opposite happens if you try and restrict your calories.

When you cut your food intake, your body’s metabolism will slow down to the point where it’s hardly moving at all and it’ll store all the food you put in it. This food that is not burned or metabolized may turn to fat eventually.


Another important point that’s worth mentioning is if you keep your calories at a steady level and don’t try and starve yourself into losing weight which may in fact work, but at what cost to your health? You’ll burn body fat instead of burning muscle.

By taking in small to medium amounts of protein in each meal, you feed your muscles and keep them strong and functioning. It’s the very action or continual working of these muscles that keep you burning fat. If you restrict your calories to such a point where your body starts to burn muscle for energy, you’ll make it almost impossible to burn calories in the future. So it’s vital that you have the muscle to allow you to keep burning fat.


If you make a plan to eat 5-6 meals of good clean food, consisting of lean types of protein, plenty of fresh vegetables and keep to small servings of complex carbohydrates like rice, bread, pasta, potatoes and cereals with each meal, you’ll be eating about every 3 hours.

By eating this often, it’s unlikely you’ll crave any extra food in between meals. By frequently sipping on clear water in between your meals, you not only suppress your appetite, you also speed up your metabolism at the same time, meaning you’ll literally be burning fat the whole time you’re awake.

Yes, this particular style of eating will take some getting used to. But it really is the only healthy and effective way to lose fat and keep it off and still eat plenty of food at the same time. Once you begin this new way of eating and you start to see the results as your metabolic rate begins to increase, you’ll be able to eat some junk food occasionally.

It’s when your metabolism really starts to fire that you become the one in charge of your body and at this point, you’ll not need to be as strict as you learn how your body works.

As you start to notice results, you don’t need to feel so restricted. As a reward for eating well, you can give yourself one day per week when you eat whatever it is you want as you can’t gain too much fat in only one day as long, as you stick to the plan for the rest of the week. This is a plan for eating right permanently, not a diet that won’t last but a consistent and healthy eating plan that will.


Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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