Why diet plans fail – 3 reasons
Hello from Florence! If you’ve been following along on Instagram stories, you’ve seen my travels through Europe over the last week. Last week, I was in Budapest for work and ended up chatting a bunch with my amazing coworkers about food (isn’t it interesting how we always end up talking about it?!), losing weight, and what hasn’t worked. Of course, a common theme emerged: diets don’t work.
But instead of getting frustrated, I took some time to break down WHY we are struggling so much. Through all these conversations, I’ve been able to break down three key reasons that we’re still struggling with nutrition on our diet plans.
And if you’re looking for some specific help with your nutrition so that you can feel successful and confident, I’d love to work with you.
3 reasons your diet plan keeps failing you
1) Your diet plan focuses on the wrong things.
So many diet plans list out foods that are okay to eat, tell you to track how many ounces of water you’re drinking, or measure all your food.
Sure, these things are not (all) inherently bad but they do take away valuable time and energy from the things that really matter (like protein, produce, recovery, and stress management). If you want some personalized guidance on WHAT to actually focus on to start eating intuitively, stop overthinking food, and finally get consistent, let’s talk.
When we have limited energy and we focus it on the wrong thing, we inevitably run out of willpower, slip up, and binge (here’s how to stop). Not fun…which leads me to another key issue with diet plans.
2) You’re restricting too much.
Sure, when you eat tilapia and asparagus for a week straight, you’re gonna lose weight. But what happens the following week when you are “free” again…you eat crap. A lot of crap. And that crap causes you to regain weight and feel…like crap.
If your diet plan is too restrictive, you’re gonna end up binging, because it’s not sustainable.
And most women will rebuke me and say, “I just can’t do moderation. I need a food list of what to eat, what not to eat, and when. Otherwise, I can’t do ‘just have a little bit.’” And I get it; taking a more balanced approach can be really tough, especially when you try to do it without structure (like #MyConsciousIndulgence framework) or support. Which leads me to…
3) It’s not customized to you.
When you download a food list on Pinterest or join your gym’s 6 week weight loss challenge, none of what you do is structured specifically for YOU, which 100% sets you up to fail. It’s honestly not your fault. People want to sell you their nutrition knowledge but not teach you exactly how to implement and evaluate it in your life. That’s why, with my clients, I give them specific frameworks to follow when it comes to the following questions:
-what changes should I make?
-how do I know if the change is working for me?
If you don’t have a series of steps (and a way to evaluate if those steps are working), your plan is gonna fail. How could it not?
As a result, almost every single day, I hear from women that they’re feeling so unsure about their nutrition.
My first response is always the same — OF COURSE YOU’RE STRUGGLING…and in no way is it your fault. With all the information flooding your feed, all the nutrition coaches preaching their special macro plan, it’s pretty impossible to know anything for certain. And as long as coaches keep preaching their once and for all solutions, we’ll continue to struggle.
Because we know it doesn’t work that way.
>>How many nutrition plans have you purchased, only to feel dissatisfied and stressed as you try to make it work in your life?
>>How many coaches have you followed on Instagram only to try their advice and end up binging a few days later?
That’s why, if you’d like to get some help, I’d love to work with you!