If your diet is not working, it could be that you aren’t really serious about losing weight. Both cheating on your love and cheating on your diet can lead to disappointment. Consistent weight loss is possible only if you are consistent. We are so focused on our diets during the week that we allow ourselves to indulge on weekends. Or, we believe that dessert is possible if we skip breakfast. Both of these are bad choices. It’s easy for you to believe that a small snack will not hurt or that you’ll get over it later. It doesn’t, and it will never work.

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It could be that your diet isn’t working because you aren’t following it consistently. One person I know tried one of these shake diets. He actually gained a few pounds. He said that he drank one shake with every meal when he was asked how often. He didn’t realize that shakes were meant to replace meals and not add to them. Many dieters eat twice the calories if they eat low-cal foods.

Don’t be one! You can lose weight by reducing your total caloric intake. Reduce the size of your meals and eliminate snacks that aren’t part of your diet plan. You may be eating too many calories if your diet is not working. The battle is not over eating fewer calories. It is important to ensure that you eat the right foods. It is a good rule of thumb to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and dark green veggies.

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Avoid refined foods and starches, and limit your intake of meat (sorry, Atkins fans). -rich, leafy vegetables are good for digestion and can help you lose excess . Your diet may not be working if you aren’t eating the right foods. Your body works overtime to eliminate the excess fats and toxic substances that a diet causes. Many diets, especially those that are high in protein, can put strain on your kidneys and other organs. It is vital to drink lots of water. 8 to 10 glasses of water per day is recommended to flush out excess fats and .

Drinking lots of water can also help reduce headaches and improve your hair and . Your diet may not be working if you don’t drink enough water.


Exercise is the best way to burn calories. You can exercise by running, running, , or playing any other sport. Some people go to the gym for socializing, not to exercise. You don’t want to be one of these people! Get to work, and stay there long enough to burn calories. For weight loss, aim for aerobic exercise of 20-30 minutes every other day. These 20-30 minutes do NOT include stretching, warm-ups, cool downs, and checking yourself in front of a mirror. These are important parts of your exercise routine, but they won’t help you lose weight.

Every other day, at least 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise. If you have a reduced intake of calories and your diet is not working, it could be that you aren’t exercising enough. Although it may seem counterintuitive, this is true.

Aerobic and Anaerobic

Your body can go into an ANAEROBIC (without oxygen) state if you exercise too hard. This is when your body becomes so out of breath you can’t take in enough oxygen. This state causes the body to burn a lot of carbohydrates and very little fat. This is why runners “carb up”, before a big race, and also why they have as much than the rest of us. Your maximum heart rate should not exceed 85%. To get your max heart rate, subtract your age from 220. This pace will put your body in an AEROBIC (with oxygen) state.

Most calories burned are fat-based, not carbs. Aerobic exercise is low impact, which makes it easier on your joints. If your diet isn’t working despite getting plenty of exercise, it could be that you’re doing too much. Stress is a part of our lives. Your eating and exercise habits are two additional stressors that your body must deal with. Your body can only , rejuvenate, and rebuild itself when it gets enough sleep. Insufficient sleep can slow down your metabolism, making it difficult to lose weight. It can also make it difficult to make healthy food choices throughout the day. It could be that your diet isn’t working.


Consistent effort and focus are key to weight loss. If you are trying to lose weight while simultaneously dealing with other major events in your life, you won’t have the focus and consistency. Major events can include moving to a new place or job, changing your lifestyle, losing your job, or dealing with a family member’s death, accident, or sickness. All of these things create a disruption in our lives and cause us to put everything–including our diets–on hold. How do we deal with stress from major life events? By snacking! You don’t have any chance with your diet. So don’t even try. You can give yourself permission to suspend your diet until you have the and focus it requires.

Pick your battles carefully, and only fight one at a given time. Your diet may not be working if you are trying to fight too many battles at once. Healthy weight loss takes time, just like all good things.


You don’t want to disappoint yourself by setting unrealistic weight loss goals. This includes the weight you want to lose and the time it will take. Even if you do all the right things, your weight loss goal or the time it will take may not be realistic. Once you have resolved all these issues, you can get your diet back on track. You should begin to notice a change in your diet as it takes root and starts to work.