The 6 Biggest Reasons Why Your Diet Will Fail

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A recent business article titled The 6 Biggest Reasons You'll Fail has some practical and universal lessons that are just as applicable to losing weight as it does to losing a business. Read on to discover the 6 biggest reasons why your diet will fail as food for thought before you start your next dieting plan.

In response to a fellow columnist who wrote an article about how learning to overcome obstacles and setbacks are important for achieving success, author and business expert Jeff Haden pens a different approach toward success by telling readers about the biggest reasons why people fail when starting a new business.

The significance of his article is that it serves to remind us that when it comes to human behavior whether it be starting a business, beginning a new relationship or creating a new you, that there are universal lessons to be learned (and in some cases painfully re-learned) before failure can be avoided toward a new venture or a new body.

The following is a paraphrasing of Jeff Haden’s “The 6 Biggest Reasons You’ll Fail” explaining to you the 6 biggest reasons why your diet will fail.

1. Assume that simply because it’s you that your diet success will be different.

Everyone knows that one of the biggest problems behind any dieting plan is that the majority of people who have succeeded in losing weight, gain it back—plus more.

A diet recipe for disaster with this bit of knowledge is that in spite of knowing that the odds are that we will gain back lost weight (and more) is the failure to realize that this includes you personally as well. It’s human nature to tell ourselves that it may have happened to others, but it is not going to happen to you because you are not like THEM. Big fat mistake.

It would be more useful to acknowledge that the odds are that even if you do lose weight, that it will come back—and then do something about it before you start dieting. Be proactive. Find out what experts have to say about this weight loss phenomenon. Make a list of which weight gain obstacles apply to you and plan ahead on how to avoid regaining lost weight.

2. Confuse advice with wisdom.

Imagine that you are considering a particular diet and go to a friend or someone you know who has succeeded in losing weight. After you ask him or her what they think of your proposed diet plan they tell you that it won’t work and is doomed to fail. You get discouraged and abandon the diet plan.

The failure here is confusing advice with wisdom. Maybe the friend or acquaintance has a preference for the diet plan that worked for them, but no knowledge of other diet plans that may be more realistic and in harmony with your lifestyle.

The key here is not to take what anyone says about dieting and their expectation of your success to heart. Rather, ferret out the reasons why they may be against your plan and why their plan has advantages over your plan. In other words—become an informed consumer (pun intended) and learn the difference between advice that may be more subjective opinion than objective fact.

3. Decide ease of entry signals great opportunity.


This is a major tactic used by marketers of diet plans that make a promise like “eat all you want and still lose weight”—indicating that there are easy and painless shortcuts to dieting and losing weight.

You are better off avoiding even looking at such gimmicks and relying more on diet practices that make sense and follow the golden spoon rule of “eat less and exercise more.” Dieting is hard and if it were not, we’d all be too rich and too thin for our own good.

4. Assume contrary is a strategy.

Dieting fads that run counter to what we know about dieting and health, rise and fall in popularity like the latest news and current opinion about Lindsay Lohan. This is not to say that there will never be any useful new discoveries on effective dieting and weight loss, but that fads should be taken with a grain of salt—unless you are hypertensive.

However, rather than cast a jaundiced eye on something that does not follow the status quo on weight loss, again, be proactive and learn as much as you can about the benefits, risks and what experts have to say about the next new dieting strategy in the news before trying it out.

5. Go James Bond.

Keeping your diet a secret and waiting to see if anyone notices your weight loss may prove to be more self-defeating than helpful. It’s human nature for us to want to be recognized for our efforts and accomplishments, but if there is no praise we assume that we are failures.

Experts advise dieters to include diet buddies for support or letting the rest of the family know that you are going on a diet plan to lose weight and that you may need their help to keep temptations at a minimum in the home.

6. Let ego be your guide.

First and foremost, dieting should be about your health. Yes, it is nice to visualize a lean and muscular body for a summer beach and all the narcissist perks that go with it, but at what cost?

I’m reminded of a friend of mine who wanted to lose weight badly so that she could fit into a particular size dress for her wedding just a few short months away. So, she chose a diet plan that does result in significant weight loss in a short period of time. However, it also resulted in her hair falling out in clumps. By the time she was done, she didn’t need a bridal veil—she needed a bridal hood. The dress did fit nicely though.

The point is to look carefully at the reasons why you want to lose weight and choose reasonable plans that say more about your health than about your or other’s ideals.

Before you begin your next diet plan, remember that there are many reasons why your diet will fail—but that does not make you a failure. As the famous motivational speaker Zig Ziglar states in his book “Success for Dummies,” it’s important to remember that “Failure is an event that happens to you. Failure is not who you are.”

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Reference: Inc. magazine “The 6 Biggest Reasons You’ll Fail”