It’s crazy but some will even get fatter than they were before.
The big reason why people always gain back the weight they lost is because the diet simply isn’t sustainable.
Even though they may lose some weight in the short term it’s only a matter of time before our willpower loses out.
I don’t care who you are nobody is perfect, and there’s only so much willpower we have to work with until it runs dry.
I’m not perfect and neither are you.
Most people will try crash dieting to lose weight quickly.
They’ll drop their calories down to 1,000 per day and even if they push themselves through a few days it’s only a matter of time before they stop.
This is when they go back to their old eating habits, and all the weight comes packing back on.
Anybody who has dramatically cut their calories like this knows perfectly well it’s practically torture.
You start craving fatty junk foods all the time.
You’re highly irritable to the point you can’t even carry on a conversation.
Not to mention your body thinks your starving so it slows down your metabolism to the point you’re burning even LESS fat than you were before you started.
I’m not going to lie and tell you losing fat is going to always be easy, but there are ways in improve your dieting sustainability.
First off, stop cutting your calories so hard.
Second, start eating cleaner foods more often.
Third, allow yourself small mini cheats here and there.
I’ve been personal training for 10 years now, and the people who I see achieve successful long-term results comes down to two things.
1. Hard work
Eating clean all the time and cutting your calories is a recipe for failure.
If you’re eating clean, working out and eating the right amount of calories then allow yourself a small cheat here and there.
If you’re really hankering for some ice cream then go ahead and have a scoop.
Just make sure you don’t go crazy and end up eating the whole carton.
This will satisfy your cravings, and as I like to put it “recharge” your willpower.
This way you’re more likely to keep eating clean for the long-term, and with that will come the real lasting results we all want.
There are a ton of diets out there and some may be more effective at burning fat.
But the key every researcher says is to pick the one you can keep doing long-term.
The is the complete opposite most trainers will tell you, but it will work.
Then you can make keep progressing your dieting by slowly introducing more and more cleaner foods into your diet.
These gradual changes lead to real long-term habitual changes to your lifestyle.
Everybody wants to lose weight in a hurry but keeping it off for good is the real trick.
Even if it’s the greatest diet in the world you’re not going to be able to keep doing it if it’s too taxing on your willpower.
Knowing that you can eat that cookie later tonight is going to give you comfort and motivation to finish that chicken salad.
But if all you crave is that cookie then it’s going to be all you can think about.
Suddenly, the last thing you want to do is finish that chicken salad.
In fact, it seems like hell to keep eating that salad.
Allowing yourself some space and time for real long lasting results is the key to losing the fat and keeping it off for good.
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He’s worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the high school and college level. He has over 10 years experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He is also the author of The Flat Belly Formula. He hopes to be able to bring inspiration & results to people all over the world to live a healthier life through diet & exercise.