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Why is your diet failing?

You’re unhappy with your stomach fat and love handles and you decide to lose weight. You put all your effort and determination into obtaining that desired toned middle and this time you are going to succeed. You acquire a new diet plan and this will guarantee success.

You start off surprisingly well and you notice the pounds fall off in the first 10 days or so. You are delighted with yourself and feel you have succeeded in finding the diet plan that will work for you.

Then suddenly things seem to slow down. The accelerated weight loss isn't so accelerated. In fact your weight hasn't budged. 3 days later you find this is still the case. Why? You have absolutely no idea.

Not as determined from the start you stick to the diet plan hoping for the positive results you had from the offset. But worse happens, not only do you not see any more weight loss you start to gain pounds at a steady, gradual pace. Does this sound familiar to you? This is the case 95% of the time for most people with the right intentions.

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I know, a 95% rate is pretty depressing. Only 5 people out of 100 will succeed in losing weight and keep it off. Unfortunately the remaining majority will fail and end up putting on more weight then when started.

Why is this? Why do so many diets fail?

There are a number of contributing factors that as a result end in failure. Some of the reasons are:

Most Diets Are Starvation Plans

Most people when deciding to lose weight they automatically approach diets by drastically depriving their bodies of food, especially particular nutrients such as carbohydrates, sugars, fats, proteins and more.

The problem with this approach is that it is very effective in the beginning. You will notice the pounds falling off in the short-term, however in the long-term your body will starved of vital nutrients and your body will react to protect itself. One way is that your metabolism slows down.

Your metabolism

You've heard people say "I have a slow metabolism". Actually food intake plays a major role in the rate of your metabolism.

When you cut down on your food intake your body will react. First you will notice the change in your body as you lose weight, but then the rate in which you were losing the fat slows down. Why? Your metabolism starts to slow down as a result. As your body is deprived of nutrients it will slow the rate of your metabolism and try to store as much of the limited intake of food it receives.

While this is happening a further mistake made is that people will reduce their calorie intake even more. What do you think will happen? Yes, your body's metabolism slows down even more. Energy levels are at a low. You'll feel drained. You'll not be able to sustain physical activity. You'll also feel unhappy and you will not be able to continue like this. Unfortunately as a result you'll start to eat more. The tummy fat you gain now will be more because your metabolism is slower then when you started the diet.

Physical and mental disadvantage

The effect of a crash diet or starvation are both physical and mental. As explained earlier, now that your metabolism is much slower, even when you eat the same level of foods you were eating before dieting, you will gain much more weight. These effects are very discouraging invoking cravings and emotional eating.

Not only will you stop your diet plan and gain weight, but you'll begin to believe diets don't work for you.

So what can you do?

Try to avoid diets that require you to abstain from certain food groups. Or to aggressively cut your calorie intake.

What you need is a diet plan that is balanced! One where the weight loss plan allows you to eat from all food groups but at a reduced or allocated portion. One such diet plan is found in Fat Loss 4 Idiots. The diet plans presented to you here include 4 meals a day and various food changes to keep the motivation - to avoid the feeling of mundane routines.