You could be making crucial mistakes on your mission to drop the pounds

By Ea Francisco | Photo by Mike Kenneally

In theory, diets promote healthy eating and the logic behind some of them seem relatively sound. But if you notice that the supposedly effective diets aren’t working for you, there may be other things your diet isn’t telling you. These are the top three reasons why you might need to reconsider changing your diet.

Not enough calories

If you’re dieting to lose weight, it probably means you’re cutting your caloric intake. However, your body needs to maintain a certain amount of calories a day in order to sustain your body weight. The minimum should be 1,200 calories for women and 1,400 calories for men. If your caloric count dips below the standard, your body would go on “starvation” mode, a survival response in which your body slows your metabolism to conserve energy. When your metabolism slows, your body’s ability to burn fat also slows down. Aside from slow metabolism, your brain overrides your ability to achieve satiety. This can cause you to instinctively eat and mess up your diet.

Too restrictive

Another problem could be that your diet itself isn’t exactly favorable. Some diets are about cutting entire food groups. These kinds of diets can be ineffective or even dangerous since it can deprive you of nutrients needed for energy-building. It should be noted that some of the food groups you cut out actually help you to feel satisfied, so not eating those can make you eat uncontrollably. Fat and carbohydrates are usually the targets of these diets, but each serves its own purpose. New research suggests that personalization instead of following trends might be the key to weight loss.

No exercise

Alongside diet, there should be exercise if you’re trying to achieve weight loss. Weight loss is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise, says US News. Cutting too much calories can cause you to lose muscle among other things. As a result, your metabolism slows down and whatever weight you lost previously would be easily gained back. However, if you’re truly serious about monitoring what you eat, consult with a nutritionist since they can better explain what your body needs. Doing all necessary research before getting into a popular diet can also help you understand how effective it is.

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