Top 5 Reasons Why Diets Fail and How You Can Avoid Them

Admit it, we’ve all tried at least one diet in our lifetime to lose weight.

But how many of those have actually worked?? Better yet, which ones did you actually stick to for more than a few week or months?

You might’ve lost a few pounds here and there but you probably gained it all back and then some!

Well did you know that people go on an average of 4-5 diet plans per year?!! That’s craaaaazy!! It takes so much time and energy just to learn about a single diet, shop for it, and actually follow through.

You might want to go on a diet to lose weight or you just want to become the healthiest version of yourself. Whatever it may be, you need to know how to avoid the pitfalls of the traditional diets out there.

And since losing weight is 80% diet and only 20% exercise, then your focus should be mainly on what you eat.

Don’t get me wrong, exercise is still crucial to your health. It should definitely be taken seriously. You can work out seven days a week but if you eat crap, you’ll get crappy results.

I’ve definitely tried my share of diet plans and workout plans and went even as far as trying the most extreme of them all “the 6-day distilled water fast” – trust me that was the worst!

Obviously, none of them worked hence why I’m writing this so that others don’t have to go through some of the awful diets plans that are out there.

Here are the top 5 reasons why most conventional diets fail and how you can avoid them to actually lose that unwanted weight:

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They are temporary plans and NOT lifestyle changes

The reason most diet plans don’t work is just that: they’re temporary “plans”.

They don’t encourage a steady LIFESTYLE change. It has to become a routine and part of your daily life, just like showering and brushing your teeth. You want something concrete.

If you give it part-time efforts then you will only get part-time results.

How to avoid it: you must make it a habit. They say in order to create a habit you must do the same thing for 30 days straight. That’s not that hard.

Include it into your daily routine. Make a conscious effort to change your attitude toward eating so that it becomes a lifelong habit.

You are impatient and you wanted results yesterday

This is me for sure.

ll these diets that are the “5-day diet” or the “how to lose 10 lbs in 10 days” are bull. You might restrict your food intake for a few days but then you will crave it and binge when your 5 or 10 days are up.

The reason these 5 and 10-day diets are still around is because people are STILL buying these diet plans in the hopes that “no this time it will work!”

You’re thinking “this is a different plan than the last one I tried, so it must work” and it might but it won’t be your happily ever after.

These days we want everything on turbo mode. There are faster cars, faster electronics, faster check-out services, faster fast food services and so much more!

We forget slow and steady is the actual way to go.

How to avoid it: set up a one month calendar for yourself with meal plans and your goal for each week of how many lbs you’d like to lose. It’s normal to lose 2 lbs per week. Don’t try to lose more than that!

And don’t try to fast forward your weight loss, it’s just not going to happen. You can meal plan for the week on a Sunday night. This will be a great way to have the food ready for each meal so that you don’t turn to junk or unhealthy fast food.

Use apps like MyNetDiary to see your weight loss progress with graphs and your nutritional intake for each day. You can also use the app ChefTap (my favorite app) to save recipes all in one place and plan your weekly meals.

You’re restricting yourself of everything all at once

Your diet might restrict you from all your favorite things like chocolate or cookies or pasta for example.

However, we’re raised in a society of indulgence. Food is a source of pleasure for us

And if you’re taking all your favorite foods out, believe me, it won’t be long before you start having cravings like a pregnant woman.

No diet is worth torturing yourself.

How to avoid it: Try cutting down or reducing your portion sizes. If you usually have a chocolate bar a day, try cutting it in half and putting the rest away for later. Better yet substitute it with dark chocolate.

I used to have severe chocolate cravings. To a point that I was willing to drive to the convenience store at midnight to get a chocolate bar! It was really bad.

The same goes for meals or going out to restaurants. Don’t order everything on the menu and if you do, take the rest home. At every meal, take half of what you used to eat and if you’re still hungry after you finish then go back for more.

A lot of times we overeat and don’t listen to our stomachs when it’s telling us “ENOUGH I’m full”! Or we’re used to overfilling our plates and as a result, we overeat.

Just don’t try to cut out everything all at once and starve yourself.

You’re not eating a variety of foods

If you’re like me, you won’t enjoy having the same meal for 7 days straight.

For example, you might be used to having a granola bar for breakfast every morning. But your new diet says NO granola bar and you can only have oatmeal instead. Then that won’t be a diet plan that you can stick to for the rest of your life.

Yes, oatmeal might be fine for a couple of times a week but you will get tired of the same thing every day. There are a variety of different ways to make oatmeal, but even then, it’ll taste like blah after 7 days straight.

How to avoid it: add sides to every meal. Try different colored foods. Every food group has its nutrients and the more variety you choose the higher the chances of you following through with a diet plan.

If you meal plan, make batches of staples like grains, vegetables, and proteins. Then alternate them and mix them up. If you love a certain vegetable, look for receipes containing it. You’ll find a variety of different ways to cook one vegetable.

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It might just be that you don’t have a plan

You need a plan of action. With losing weight, you have to be very careful because losing too much weight all at once could do more harm than good.

Your body is your forever home, treat it like a temple. Love your body and don’t put it in harm’s way.

You can’t just fly by the seat of your pants here. If you don’t have a plan and a goal then you will bounce up and down on your weight and it won’t be anything long-lasting. You’ll just be mad and upset with yourself at the end.

How to avoid it: do you have a special event or a wedding coming up that you might want to lose a few extra pounds for? Then give yourself at least six months depending on how much weight you’d like to lose.

And as I mentioned before, the best way to overcome this is to set up a 30-day calendar with meal plans. And you can see your progress and adjust your calendar accordingly.

Top 5 Reasons Why Diets Fail and How You Can Avoid Them

Food is a huge source of pleasure for us, it’s also very emotional. We feel amazing when we eat a great meal and feel full and satisfied. You know the feeling!

But when you go on a diet plan that you’re probably only going to stick to for a few weeks or months then you won’t give yourself enough time to form any helathy habits.

It becomes a constant battle.

Ever since I became a vegan, I’ve never had to count calories, restrict myself so much on portion sizes, or try as hard to lose weight. It’s become the easiest and the healthiest ‘diet’ I’ve ever been on.

If you want to know more about my journey click here.

I can’t remember the last time I felt guilty or upset at myself for indulging in food. You can say I have a loving relationship with food now.

Remember no diet is worth hurting your body and no diet is worth the torture. Enjoy the journey and don’t be so hard on yourself. The only way is slow and steady.

Let me know the challenges you’ve faced when trying out new diets! I’d love to help in any way I can 🙂

About The Author


I am a true believer in improving your health by what you do on a daily basis. I am a health advocate and believe that you can achieve any health-related goal based on your diet and daily habits. I am still relatively new (coming up on two years and counting!) to the vegan world and would love to take you with me on my journey!


  1. Janet Rose | 28th Mar 19

    This is a very thorough article with good recommendations. I think that portion size and variety are the key for me. Thank you for the great recommendations.

    • Ghazal | 29th Mar 19

      Thanks Janet! Those are very important especially when someone is trying to lose weight to stick to a healthy diet long term.

  2. CrazyFitnessGuy | 28th Mar 19

    Very nice post. I found it very interesting why diets fail.

    • Ghazal | 29th Mar 19

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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