When you put in hard work at the gym, you want to ensure that it is complemented by a proper diet. It’s the perfect combination to help you achieve the fitness goals you’re working so hard for. But when you hit a plateau, and you’re not seeing the changes on this new diet you’re trying, things can become very frustrating and make you lose hope.
Or sometimes, you do begin to see some changes but it’s not long before you’re right back to where you started. And this yo-yo effect can make a person grow quite tiresome of the whole routine and want to give up. I’ve narrowed these outcomes down to three possible reasons as to why this is happening to you.
YOU COULD BE DOING ONE OF THESE REASONS WHY DIETS FAIL
1. INSUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF TIME ON THE DIET
You try a new diet for a couple of weeks and see some immediate changes, which are most likely a drop in unwanted water and some fat. But then, you stop seeing the rapid changes from the weeks before and determine that this particular diet doesn’t work and it’s on to the next one.
Wake up call: It’s not the diet that isn’t working well enough, it’s you. I know that may come across as mean but your body needs time to adapt to the nutritional changes and burning stubborn body fat is not as easy as you might think.
Two to three weeks is not nearly enough for your body to adapt to the dietary changes you’re making and get your body to where you want it to be.
2. YOU’RE NOT EATING ENOUGH
No, that is not a typo. Yes, there is such a thing as not eating enough while on a diet. And in many cases, this is another key reason why people end up frustrated and claiming their diet isn’t working for them.
It’s obvious that obesity and being overweight is associated with overeating and while there is a correlation between the two, it is also important to be mindful that you’re not under-eating on a diet.
When your body is not getting enough nutrients, it goes into “starvation mode”. This basically means your body begins to store whatever nutrients it gets because it’s afraid of not getting enough to sustain itself throughout the rest of the day.
You want to make sure you properly plan out your meals and sufficient with healthy food choices so your body will use the nutrients you eat to your overall benefit.
3. YOUR CALORIE/MACRO COUNT IS OUT OF WHACK
It’s important not only to know what you’re eating but also what it contains. Set your numbers for a number of calories you want per day and then calculate those calories in the meals you’re consuming.
If 90% of your calories come from fats and the 10% is split between protein and carbs, the likelihood of your diet adding helping you achieve your goal is minimal at best.
Food can be broken down into numbers and sometimes, it takes a bit of trial and error to see which numbers work best for you. Start with five basic balanced meals and then from there make adjustments as you progress to see where you may need more nutrients or more meals or just increased portion sizes.
Review your diet regularly and get more out of your exercise routine.