Losing Weight: Why “Diets” Don’t Always Work

There are hundreds of diets out there yet according to many sources, 90% fail. Why is that?  

Well when it comes to losing weight or trying to get fit, many people resort to what they can temporarily do in order to lose weight quickest. Sometimes they quit too early because of the constant pressure of a sudden new change or sometimes it works out and people reach their goal but then quickly gain the weight back. 

When it comes to losing weight, or anything you try to accomplish in life, it is super important to begin with and maintain the right mindset! I don’t think the word ‘diet’ contributes to that because it gives your brain the notion that you’re restricting yourself from something and for some reason us humans ultimately want things more when we know we can’t have them. The same goes for calorie counting. The idea of having to calculate the calories for everything that goes in your mouth is pretty stressful, especially if it’s homemade and the calories are not easily able to be calculated. Plus the surge of disappointment you’ll feel at the end of the day when you didn’t reach your goal is just horrible and not worth it and in my opinion is more detrimental than it is helpful. As you can see, I hate the idea of calorie counting and diets because I’ve tried it and I have learnt from my experience. Nobody should put themselves through that kind of mental torture. The best way to REALLY lose weight or get fit is to change your lifestyle and your mindset.

I really like the idea of Veganism but it is also realistic to say that completely avoiding all meats is not for everyone. Personally I am a big fan of the Paleo lifestyle. It’s basically eating as our primal ancestors did; natural, unprocessed, and REAL foods. This includes fruits, vegetables, all meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, spices and herbs. Trust me your meal choices are not limited and you’re definitely not sacrificing taste, and it doesn’t feel like a fad or temporary ‘diet’, it’s rather a lifestyle change.

Eating these natural foods does not simply mean you eat any meat, fruit, vegetable etc. you find. Nowadays, foods everywhere are subject to being genetically modified and farm animals are living in bad conditions or being injected with antibiotics. Yes, they grow faster and bigger but they lose nutrition and benefit and ultimately even end up doing more harm than good. I don’t understand these plant and livestock companies. Pretty disappointing. 

In my opinion, becoming paleo is probably the healthiest thing you can do for yourself. Here’s how you can start:

Dont go grocery shopping when your hungry. You’re gonna buy everything your soul’s craving.

Keep the unhealthy food out of your house. Like I said; out of sight, out of mind. This is actually very important!

Granola bars, cereals, and anything else that claims to be healthier in any way possible actually isn’t!! Don’t be fooled. Look at the ingredients yourself and determine whether or not it’s actually healthy. It doesn’t help that the FDA has low standards.

Paleo is a lifestyle not a temporary diet so of course you can’t eliminate all the bad foods at once. Start slow. If you’re one to eat often at fast foods, cut down on the amount of times you go a week. Try making homemade foods. Trust me it’s a lot more satisfying knowing your eating real foods and not a meal made of a hodgepodge of pure fat, blood vessels, pieces of bone, nerves and cartilage; which by the way,  According to the American Journal of Medicine is what chicken nuggets are 50% made of. Not to gross you out but if you don’t feel motivated enough to quit fast foods, just read about what the foods are actually made of and the conditions of the back of restaurants.

-Learn to cook at home. If time is one of your limits, salads are a great option. A salad can be super filling.

-Remember! In order for paleo to become a lifestyle you need to start slow with eliminating unnatural foods and have the right mindset through it all. If you get off track for a day it’s totally fine and don’t beat yourself up about it.

-Oh and why you shouldn’t count calories? If eating healthy is your goal than counting calories is useless because 500 calories can come from  a full delicious chicken and vegetables dinner or a cinnamon roll that didn’t even satisfy your hunger. You choose 🙂

Sumia is a runner, gym addict, tea lover, and paleo lifestyle enthusiast who is currently studying to later get her PhD in nutrition. She loves to live as naturally as possible and hopes to inspire others to live naturally too.

Instagram: @cocoapaleo / @smk_xo

**Photo credit: John David Becker**