Why most diets work  at fast and then fail

When it comes to starting a new diet most people manage to lose weight for the first few weeks. They rapidly shed some pounds and think they've finally found their ultimate diet. Unfortunately as so many looking to lose weight have found out this is generally a temporary thing.

Within a few weeks of starting a new diet most people will stop losing the weight they initially did. They stand up on the scales and wonder why they're not getting the results they were when the diet program first began.

The answer to this question is that it you most probably have hit what is called a "weight loss plateau". This usually occurs because your body has become used to the diet program you have begun.

Diet shock

You see with so many of this diets they are created to provide you with an initial hit that shocks your body with something new. Because this is new you're body will start burning fat in order to sustain it's usual levels.

Whilst this is great at first within a few weeks your body will have become accustomed to the new diet program. Your body becomes used to the new diet and (if you have one) new exercise program and is no longer shocked into burning energies. This is what makes so many people give up diets so very quickly.

So how do you combat this weight loss plateau?

Well firstly stop concentrating solely on counting calories. So many people begin a diet and do nothing but count how many calories they consume. They think that if they eat less calories they'll lose weight, which they will at first before the body becomes used to it. Your metabolic rate, because low calories are being consumed, has no real reason to increase itself. Your metabolic rate burns more fat the higher it is. So if it is at a low point because of such low calorie consumption it won't burn fat.

In order to burn fat successfully and fight plateaus you need to create a high metabolic rate. The easiest way to do that is to fuel it throughout the day. You can do this by eating small, regular means rather than the normal three of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most people gorge themselves at these intervals and that does not do their body any favours.

Healthy foods

Focus on eating healthy foods regularly, with small snacks every three hours. These must be healthy though! Eating burgers and chips will not do you any favours. They must be good, healthy foods.

On top of eating regularly and healthily exercise will also help you in your quest for weight loss by raising your metabolic rate. If you combine a good, steady diet with regular exercise you will be able to lose weight.

Forget pie in the sky diets that say you can lose weight without doing any exercise whatsoever. They might, and I do mean might, work for a little while. But then you will hit the weight loss plateau and give up or try another diet. Again it may work for a few weeks as your body is "shocked" with the new diet but in the long term it will fail.

A little exercise such as a brisk walk or enjoyable bike ride a few times a week will make the world of difference to your weight loss goals.

Make sure you don't become disheartened by your own weight loss plateau. You now understand why it happens, and how to avoid it!

Courtesy of Gary Miller

Gary Miller has dedicated his life to helping people around the world combat weight loss and fitness problems. His research has led him to finding one proven weight loss program that is being used with great effect across the world. To get a trial of it, and lose weight without any diet or fitness plan visit

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