5 Ways We Fool Ourselves into Diet Failure

They say a fool and his money are soon parted. We say a fool and his extra pounds might be doomed to remain together.


When it comes to being overweight, I’ve played the fool for far too many years. Today I am going to share a few bits of wisdom I’ve acquired so you can avoid the five foolish things we tend to say or think while derailing our desire to lose weight or keep it off.


I’ll start my diet Monday … or tomorrow.


The best time to start a diet is today … right now, in fact. I’m a procrastinator. I know how easy it is to set a future date to get started on a project or a diet.


By giving yourself extra days before getting serious, you’re simply allowing yourself to continue on with the bad habits that led you to being overweight in the first place.


And if you’re like me you’ll spend the extra days eating everything and anything – much like a condemned man trying to gobble up all his favorites before his execution is carried out!


The end result: You’ll probably gain even more weight before you start dieting. Or, worse yet, by the time Monday rolls around you’ll lose the resolve that led you to consider a diet.


Do yourself a big favor and get started… NOW!


I don’t have time for exercise.


Got a job that gets you out of the house early and doesn’t get you home until late? Got kids? Got other commitments?


Everyone is busy. That’s just how life is. If you want to exercise and burn more calories you CAN find the time.


I often get up an hour earlier today to write a blog. I could just as easily bypass the PC and head to the treadmill for a calorie-burning bout of exercise.


And what about the evening hours? Do you have to sit on the couch, glued to your TV, watching hour after hour of your favorite shows while your brain and butt turn to jelly?


If you answered YES, then consider squeezing in exercises during commercial breaks or treadmill walking while you watch.


Better yet, force yourself to head outdoors for an honest-to-goodness back-to-nature walk. I have always found that once I get started with exercise I fall in love with it — and it becomes a part of my day that I look forward to.


You can lose weight without exercise; you won’t lose as much weight as quickly!


An extra slice of pizza won’t hurt.


Can you enjoy an occasional treat? By all means.


Can you fit in a treat a day? Sure … if you really aren’t committed to losing weight.


They say nothing tastes as good as thin feels. I say let’s test that belief!


Seriously, it’s the treats and extra helpings that have helped us into bigger clothes, worse health and greater depression about our weight.


Don’t stop the treats. But make sure they are healthy treats like fruits, veggie sticks and low-fat dip, pretzels, popcorn (without butter) or perhaps a 100-cal snack pack.


There are plenty of options. Seek them out and use them sparingly.


I will be just fine going it alone.


During my 20 years in the diet business, I’ve written countless success stories. Successful slimmers know it helps to lean on friends and fellow dieters for support and motivation.


By being held accountable for your actions you’re less likely to binge or cheat on your diet. Having someone to talk to or exercise with helps keep you on the right track.


Don’t go it alone. There really is safety in numbers. Studies show those of us who diet with support do better… much better.


All diets are the same.


Yes, it’s all about cutting calories and increasing activity. But no, it’s not about cutting out entire food groups or ingesting nothing but liquids.


Trendy diets come and go… just like your extra pounds. Coincidence? I think not.


It’s old school but moderation is the key. Enjoying a well-rounded diet will help you stay the course without the boredom or yearnings that lead to straying.


A diet is simply an eating plan. So be sure to make it one that is sustainable. If you consider a diet something with a start and finish date, then you’re setting yourself up for failure.


Need help getting started? Give us a try. You’ll be glad you did … no fooling.



John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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