@Regrann from @myoleanfitness - According to nutrition expert Alan Aragon, “ultimately, adherence is the make-or-break factor in any diet.” In simple terms, if you can’t stick to your fat loss diet, it won’t work. And one of the worst things you can do for dietary adherence is to be overly restrictive with your diet.
In our experience, a fat loss diet that is too restrictive essentially fails for one of two reasons:
1. It works for a few weeks/months but doesn’t result in the long-term changes in behavior that are needed for weight loss maintenance. So when people reach a short- or long-term goal, they simply go back to their previous dietary habits, only to regain whatever weight they’ve lost (if not a little more). 2. The “on” or “off” aspect of these rigid fat loss diets means that, when you are “on” your diet, one cheat meal is enough to go “off” your diet. And going “off” your diet usually entails bingeing for at least a few days before going back “on” your diet and then repeating the cycle a few times before entirely giving up.
How to fix it:
1. Don’t be overly restrictive with your fat loss diet and try not to think of it as being “on” or “off” it. Also, instead of making drastic changes to your diet from one day to the next, make a few smaller ones and give yourself time to develop them into habits before making any more changes.
2. Moreover, allow yourself some of the “junk foods” you really like every now and then. In the grand scheme of things, one “cheat meal” a week won’t hamper your weight loss efforts!
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