Reasons Behind Diet Failures
Jessica Bartfield,MD, a medical specialist in nutrition and weight management at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care states that many people resolve to lose weight every year but only 20% are able to achieve their goals. She adds that dieting is a skill that requires practice and learning, but most people do not decrease in size because of four top reasons.
The number one reason people do not lose weight is that they underestimate the number of calories they actually consume in a day. She recommends paying attention to food portion sizes and increasing awareness of every bit of food taken, even if they are “bites” or “tastes” of food. This is best done by writing down what one eats and drinks, and searching for nutrition information before ordering food outside home.
Another reason why people fail to lose weight is that they may be overestimating the number of calories they think they are burning through exercise. Exercising vigorously is difficult to maintain on a daily or weekly basis in order to lose a significant amount of weight. Bartfield recommends increasing one’s activity throughout the day by walking more and spending half an hour on regular exercise on top of that.
Poor timing of meals can lead one to overeat, so she recommends eating breakfast and a healthy snack or meal every 3-4 hours to maintain optimal energy and metabolism.
A lot of people are also guilty of not getting enough sleep, which results in increased appetite due to higher levels of ghrelin and cortisol, hormones that stimulate weight gain.
Dr. Bartfield states that good health practices are not just learned, but they must become a way of life.
Loyola University Health System. Top four reasons why diets fail. ScienceDaily.