Why diets fail!by Scott Garan on 11/05/17
Dieting failures are often blamed on a lack of willpower, but is there another reason some fail and some are a success? The answer is yes! Recent research has indicated that essentially most of us will fail at dieting if we simply rely upon our willpower alone. I will skip all the science behind this, but in short our psychology has a lot to do with our failure.
As you can guess, failure is often caused by our emotions. The actual necessity to feed ourselves can actually not have anything to do with the failure. When we are hungry and the body is actually telling us we need food, it usually comes in the form of hunger pains or something like that. This is when we SHOULD eat as the body is telling us we need more fuel.
Appetite however is when our brain kicks in and says, “I have this negative feeling, and to avoid it we should eat some comfort food.” While the comfort food can be unique for each of us, the response is usually the same. We give in to these urges!
Essentially, we try to cover up whatever is concerning us by changing the emotion to joy by eating something we like. This is essentially our brains trying to mask what is bothering us.
If you feel this is something you do, I suggest keeping a journal when you get the urge to binge! Ask yourself what is bothering you? Are you attempting to put off something you should do like studying for a test, housework, or something else you know you should be doing but are trying to avoid? Is something upsetting you and you are attempting to cover it up by eating? If so, would calling a friend and sharing your concern be more effective then eating a pizza by yourself?
Most people know that we can binge eat because of our emotions, but many fail to actually examine the problem and just go ahead and eat the whole bag of candy! If you have been trying to diet but continue to fail, it is imperative that you look at WHY you are failing. The log book can be a good reference for you to start pinning down WHY you are failing at your diet. Perhaps the way we stay on track with our diets is not on willpower alone, but by understanding why we are bingeing in the first place!