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10 Reasons Diets Fail

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

Crash diets don’t work long term. It makes me so sad when I hear about people going on crazy diets and then they often end up on this roller coaster going from one diet to another feeling miserable, hungry and tired! I know this only too well as I once was that person. 

Please don’t do it to yourself. You are worth so much more. Don’t follow an unrealistic regime which will end in failure and disappointment. Instead, learn how to live a healthy and balanced life day-by-day, and reap the long-term wellbeing benefits.

10 reasons why diets end in failure:

  1. Diets don’t work long term as the focus is about the short-term gain 

  2. Diets are unbalanced and unrealistic

  3. Most people approach diets with an ‘all or nothing’ mind-set. This is a recipe for disaster and can cause people to feel out of control in terms of food as many ‘forbidden’ foods become more irresistible than before 

  4. Diets are often very low in calories leaving you feeling hungry, weak, lacking in energy and exhausted

  5. Negative - it’s all about what you ‘can’t’ have, what you ‘can’t’ eat rather than what you ‘can’ eat and therefore turning it into a positive way of eating and living

  6. Often lacking in protein, carbohydrates and essential fats, diets can affect hormonal and brain health. You can become irritable, experience mood swings and headaches due to lack of calories and nutritious food. The brain needs glucose for fuel and a lack of it causes mental fatigue and brain fog

  7. Being hungry can affect sleep and sleep plays a vital role in controlling hormones, in particular ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and leptin (satiety/feeling full hormone). Lack of sleep causes ghrelin levels to rise and leptin levels to fall which makes you feel hungry 

  8. Diets leave people feeling unhappy, sad and often depressed as they often end in failure because very often you weigh more than you did before you started 

  9. Diets don’t address emotional triggers, mind-set issues. self-esteem and self-sabotage which are key to healthy eating in the long term 

  10. Diets are not fun when they lack support, motivation and proper guidance 

A healthy diet is not a diet. It’s a healthy way of eating and adopting a lifestyle that is achievable and supports you physically, mentally and emotionally. You should feel energised, happy, have a clear head, feel full of life and feel your best.

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