There’s nothing more frustrating than trying, and failing, to succeed at losing weight. It’s not only about our health, but self-esteem. There are many factors that go into why your efforts fall short.
You Want Results Yesterday
Many people want miraculous returns on their efforts. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will your ideal weight. The only proof you need for this phenomenon is the continual success of quick fix diet products.
Looking for shortcuts is likely built into our DNA. So it's best to use common sense when something seems too good to be true.
Many people underestimate the amount of calories they eat every day. Writing down everything you eat, drink or even just tastes will not only give you a more accurate reading, but make you more aware of how quickly those calories can add up.
Pay attention to serving sizes and use measuring utensils to keep portions reasonable. Your meals outside the home will be much bigger and much higher in calories. Make an effort to look up nutritional information of your favorite restaurant foods. An educated consumer is more likely to consume less.
Bad Meal Timing
You need a constant stream of glucose through the day to prevent your metabolism from slowing down and to preserve energy levels. Eat breakfast daily within an hour of getting up, then eat a healthful snack or meal every several hours. It's best not to go more than five hours without some form of healthy snack or meal to keep your metabolism consistent.
You Don't Address Emotions
There's a reason people call them comfort foods. Many people turn to certain foods when they are feeling anxiety or depressed, generally not even aware that they are doing it. If you suspect you may have some unresolved emotional issues, don't discount the idea of professional therapy not just for your mental health, but physical as well.
You’re Not Rested
Plenty of research has shown that getting under six hours of sleep leads to raised levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates your appetite and can result in craving high calorie foods. It may also lead to increased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that has been associated with weight gain. Even without considering the biological effects, if you're tired you will tend to make bad dietary decisions.
The Diet You’re On
There are many reasons most diets are not ideal for long-term weight loss success. For one, they're generally not lifestyle changes, so you aren’t prepared for a lifetime of different eating habits. Secondly, they often demonize foods, which leaves you feeling guilty and/or resentful about your favorite treats being 100% off limits.
Except for in extreme food addiction, most people should learn to have a healthy relationship with food, which should absolutely include unhealthy foods… in moderation. When they are a treat rather than the cornerstone of your eating, you can be healthy and still be happy about not totally giving up those brownies or bacon.