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"Why Dieting Alone Doesn't Work And What to Do About It"

Updated on January 29, 2016

Why Dieting Alone Does't Work

There are tons of diets out there promising to help you lose weight and get in better shape. The fact is, most of these diets do work. They have been proven time and time again. But when average people try these diets, they see very little results. Some of them don't see any results. So, what’s going on here?

If you have not had much success with dieting, it is not your fault. Most people lack a key element when it comes to making these diets work and losing weight for good, the right motivation. This may sound simple, but there is more to motivation than meets the eye.

Understanding Motivation

It is vital to understand motivation when you are trying to lose weight. Motivation is the key to success. If you don't have the motivation, you will not stay on track. You will give up way to soon. You will be easily distracted from your goals, and you won't see the results you had expected. However, with the proper motivation, you will easily stay on track.

You will stick to your diet, and you will impress your friends and family with how many pounds you have shed. Motivation and dieting go hand in hand. One cannot work without the other. This article will walk you through each step. As you read this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about staying motivated.

Motivation Myths

There are some myths about motivation and staying motivated. For example, some people think it's enough to want something. This is not true. Many people want to lose weight, but very few are able to stay motivated long enough to do it. They lose motivation long before they start seeing results.

If you want to stay motivated, you have to learn how motivation really works. It is not as straightforward as you might think. The good news is that once you know the methods, staying motivation is very, very simple. Here is a brief outline of what it takes to stay motivated:

  • Accept Yourself
  • Stay Positive
  • Set Goals
  • Set a Deadline
  • Prioritize
  • Stay Focused
  • Celebrate Your Victories


This section is going to teach you about self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is one of the most important aspects of motivation. If you are not able to accept yourself, you will be more likely to give up. You will engage in negative self-talk, and you will become discouraged. This becomes a downward spiral that is hard to escape.

But if you are able to accept yourself, it will be much easier to stay focused on your goals. You will not have as much negative self-talk, and you will not be easily discouraged. Accepting yourself will put you in a better mood. Being in a better mood helps be persistence in achieving your goals.

The first step in accepting yourself is to realize there will be positives and negatives no matter what your situation is in life. We seem to think that what we want is just around the corner. We think we would be happy if we lost more weight. It's true that losing weight will help you feel better about yourself, give you more energy, and increase your lifespan.

But when you reach that goal, you will find other things to worry about. Learn to accept yourself as you are.

You do not have to be perfect. You are good enough right now. Being out of shape does not mean you have less value as a person. In fact, by deciding you want to improve yourself, you have demonstrated more self-awareness than most people will ever have. This amazing trait will help you out in so many areas of life.

Stay Positive

It is very important to stay positive. Every thought we think creates and reinforces habits. If we have a lot of negative self-talk, it will become a habit. We will do it without even thinking about it. So now, it's time to break that cycle.

Every time you start thinking about something negative, I want you to turn that thought into something positive. For example, if you are hard on yourself for being overweight, turn it around by giving yourself credit for taking action right now. Remember, you will achieve the results you want if you stay on track.

Again, there will always be good and bad things in life. Your level of happiness depends on which side you focus on. Make a list of all the positive things in your life. Give yourself credit for taking action and not giving up. If you are reading this it means you are still chasing your goals. Which is very, very good. I am proud of you!

Set Goals and A Deadline

You need to set goals and give yourself a deadline. If you don't have goals, you will never know if you got the result you wanted. If you don't have a deadline, you will never reach your goals. You will procrastinate until the end of time. Your goals should be realistic. You know yourself and your limits. An example could be you want to lose 5 pounds per month. This gives you a number and a timeframe. Next, you need to write you goal down and put it where you will see it every day. This is important. Writing your goals down is very powerful. Everytime you see it, it will remind you of whats important.


You are making a lot of progress. You are learning to accept yourself and stay positive. You also have some goals. But now you have to prioritize. This will help you a lot. It will be easy to give in to temptation and cheat on your diet just once. No, cheating on your diet once would not be harmful. What is harmful is that each time you cheat on your diet, you will be more likely to do it again.

You really need to be honest with yourself about what you truly want. Learn to think long-term. If you eat junk food, it will feel good for a little while. But you will feel guilty later. It will also push you one step further from your goal. What is more important to you, junk food, or losing weight? This might sound harsh, but it's true. If you can accept this can keep it in mind, it will increase your chances of success.

Stay Focused

It's easy to get caught up in what is happening right in front of you. But if you focus too much on the struggles and how hard it is to keep going, you will most likely fail. They key to concentrate on the long-term. Why are you dieting? Why is it important to you? If you stay on track with your diet, you will succeed. It really is that simple. So stay focused on what you want and why you want. Picture yourself in a few months weighing 15 to 30 pounds less than you do now. Buy some clothes that you wish you could fit into. Put them where you will seem them every day. Doing this will help you stay focused on your goals. It will remind you why you are doing this so you can stay on track.

Celebrate Your Victories

Celebrating your victories(even the small ones) is important. If you don't celebrate your victories, you will get stuck focusing on the negative and being hard on yourself, which leads to giving up. If you lose one pound, that is great! Losing one pound is better than losing zero pounds. And if you can lose one pound, you can lose more.

Celebrate the fact that you are reading this right now. It means you are interested in improving yourself, your life, and your situation. That is more than most people will every do.

Reach Out to Others

Reaching out to others with the same goal is very powerful. It reminds you that you are not alone. You can help prevent each other from getting discouraged. When you tell your goals to other people, you are more likely to stick to them. So, use the comment section bellow to help each other out. Encourage each other and hold each other accountable for your goals. This is very powerful when it comes to staying motivated.

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