The average person who wants to lose weight
has been on more than one diet. That fact leads one
to believe that diets don't work, because if a diet
was an effective way to lose weight, you would only
go on one diet, and that would be it. You would achieve
your weight loss goals.
But obviously that is not the case. Many people are
"serial" dieters, or "yo-yo" dieters,
moving from one failed diet to another.
Why are diets NOT an effective way to lose
It's quite simple.
A diet is a short-term event.
I go on a diet, I lose
weight, then my diet is finished. I have achieved
my goal, so I go back to all of the bad habits that
got me into trouble in the first place. I have not
made any real change, so I am back where I started.
That's why diets are not an effective way to lose
As Albert Einstein said (see our Top
Weight Loss Secrets), the thinking that got us
into our problems is not the thinking that will get
us out. In other words, if you gained weight because
you ate too much food and didn't get enough exercise,
going back to eating too much food and not getting
enough exercise will not solve your weight problem.
To permanently lose weight, you don't need a diet.
You need a lifestyle change. To lose weight you need
to stop eating too much of the wrong foods, and you
need to get exercise. That's not a diet. That's a
So if you want to lose weight, don't go on a diet.
Change your lifestyle, for permanent change.