Fitness/Health

Review of Raw ’til 4

I have always been skeptical of radical diets that require specific foods to be eaten at certain times. I would say this diet falls into that category. Surprisingly enough, I did do this diet for the Fall and Winter of 2014 after being vegetarian for many years.

This diet is now advertised by the peppy Freelee the Banana Girl, otherwise known as FREEyourself on Youtube. She has a massive following and is the creator of the Raw til 4 diet.  So what is the Raw til 4 diet? An overview is that a person is a raw vegan from the time he or she wakes up, until four in the afternoon. Afterwards, you are allowed to have simply cooked vegan meals. The unbelievable part is that you can eat as much raw food as you want — while still losing weight. The creator of the diet also says it will cleanse your body, give you energy, and help you shed the weight. Freelee herself is rather skinny, attributing it to her vegan diet ( in addition to being an accomplished cycler). So overall it sounds pretty cool.

Raw til 4
This is Freelee.

The vegan diet has numerous of benefits, but this is not what the post is about. It is about a critical review of the diet. People have claimed to either absolutely love the diet to smithereens or to say the diet ruined their bodies. With such mixed reviews, it’s already kind of a tell-tale sign that something’s up with this diet.

Those who are in support of it claim losing a small to moderate amount of weight, having an abundance of energy, and a general sense of improved health. The diet requires that carbs be the main source of calories, which will come from fruit and vegetables. Carbs are an essential source of energy in the diet, more so than protein and fat. Produce can be high in carbs and in natural sugars, so that is probably where all the energy is coming from that the diet claims to create. In general, the weight loss and sense of wellbeing is due to cutting out all the crappy processed foods from the diet. A person just naturally feels better. I will agree that veganism is an easy way to improve your diet if you are willing to not eat any animal products.

However, veganism in general is pretty cool in my opinion. It has plenty of health benefits besides the ones this diet lists.

Here are what the #haters of this diet say.

They said they were brainwashed by Freelee into thinking Raw til 4 was the ultimate diet. They claimed they were persuaded into thinking they were able to eat as much food as they wanted because it was “only produce” and other stereotypically healthy food. When they would feel sick and bloated, they would try to go purely raw in the belief it would give them relief. Besides feeling ill, a lot of people backlashed at Freelee because the diet actually made them gain weight. And quite a bit of weight too.

Well, Freelee claims she eats over 3,000 calories a day while maintaining a very slim physique. Huh.

I do not believe that to be true. Any female who eats around 3,000 calories is expected to gain weight. Unless they are an extreme endurance athlete like Freelee is. I know for sure that if I eat more than my 2,200 calorie diet ( a bit extra for weightlifting) I will get fat. Because I have eaten too much before for a prolonged period of time and gained some pudge. When the average (sedentary) women only supposed to eat 1,800 a day, the 3,000 calorie amount is an outlier that few can manage. Calories in, calories out. So, this is the inaccurate part of the diet if you were to follow it exactly.

So this this is my opinion.

If you want to follow this diet, I give you the green light. I have had positive results with this diet. I did not gain weight because I continued tracking calories every day. The increased amount of energy was definitely true, I got leaner, and I felt pretty f*cking healthy. The downside is that as a college freshman, having easy access to a wide variety of raw food was difficult. A year after the diet, I got a chronic illness that required me to gain weight to help recovery, as I was underweight at that time. I was advised to eat dairy and meat to encourage weight gain. Along with the diet change came faster muscle gains from the gym. Eventually, I stopped being vegan.

 

Another issue that led me away from the vegan lifestyle was how restricting diets often led me to relapse into an ED. Having food off limits or eating at certain times led me to view food as either good or bad. It isn’t a mentally healthy way to view food. While food is fuel and helps with my bodybuilding, I like to try to enjoy food by having flexibility.

Nowadays I do kinda miss it, which is why I am going from a omnivorous diet to a flexi-vegan one.

So, this is the gist of the diet and a general review. I hope this will help people make a wise decision for themselves.

Fitness/Health

Harm of Fatspo

76% of the population is now either overweight or obese. Of those who are thin, 80% of them are sedentary. Poor eating choices and a lack of exercise is considered the norm, and is even looked down upon by certain groups. Apparently making healthy lifestyle choices is a sign of superficiality or a self-loathing. I blame the fatspo trend.

Fatspo is loosely defined as making being overweight a healthy status, and being happy with how you are. Those who say that are unhappy with their appearance or their health are told they just have to break through their layers of self-loathing that was created by the big, bad, evil patriarchy. They blame society for having to pay a few dollars extra for clothes, having too small of seats, and being uncomfortable with how they are in public settings.Through the veil of victimization they say that they must be happy with how they are. If people disagree with the fatspo indoctrinations, they are shunned and publicly humiliated on social media. I have seen this first hand.

The leaders of this movement are obese women with the desire to wear too little clothing no matter the situation. Often they are strongly tied to radical feminism, which part of that movement preaches for women not to be sexualized. I whole-heartedly agree with that. What I am annoyed with is how fatspo leaders also push people to love and admire their nudes. Isn’t it weird how they are saying that you must absolutely love how they look, as if discouraging free will, which is against what feminism says? Like, how looks aren’t important. I hope you readers understand the hypocrisy of the tie between fatspo and feminism.

Don’t get me wrong. I do believe in body positivity. People should be happy no matter their size. It makes me sad to think of how many women are unhappy with the way they look. Despite how I believe looks should never be a priority, fatspo and women generally make it a priority.

There is always controversy when a group tries to glorify something unhealthy. “Glorify” isn’t even an exaggeration. Fatspo says childish quotes like “It’s ok to be fat!” or “You are a goddess!” It seems they have to remind themselves an awful lot that they are healthy and happy. Since I am a rather isolated person I wonder if people rely on silly quotes to validate them, or if the majority of people are indifferent to what others think. I wouldn’t know.

Is fatspo a toxic movement? Only if they are glorifying unhealthiness. Is body positivity for everyone? Absolutely, as long as you don’t demand people to love you back.

I  feel this has been enough of a rant.

Fitness/Health

The Benefits and Harms of Thinspo

“Thinspo” or “thinspiration” is pretty much described in its name. Thinspo is a community online comprised of images of healthy weight to underweight individuals that inspire people to lose weight or be healthier. The idea in and of itself is not bad. I have seen some of the images and found no fault with them. It is based on the matter of perspective.

Idolizing an image of a healthy-weight woman can be motivating to an overweight person, giving them a visual of his or her goal. Certainly I agree that seeing people who are thin and fit makes me want to intensify my bodybuilding routine and put down the taco I was about to exuberantly shove into my mouth. It would give what I would assume most anyone extrinsic and intrinsic motivation to eat healthier and exercise. There is nothing wrong with a bit of motivation.

More importantly, it sends a message to people that health is attainable. In a society riddled with an obesity epidemic (cough 72% of Americans), I found that some people think that thinness is a special-snowflake-rare-unicorn status. Images that remind people it is possible to be healthier can only be positive.

However, there is a dark side of thinsperation that is part of the pro-anorexia community.

Certain thinspo images feature people who are dangerously underweight. With #ana #bones #wintergirl #beautiful. It is distorted and sad. People who struggle with anorexia, including myself, can fuel our behaviors with scrolling these tags for hours. Some thinspo tags give “advice” on how to endure two whole days of starving. Or it is a totalitarian view that if you are not underweight you don’t deserve to live. Quite toxic, don’t ya think?

However, not everyone will be bothered by the thinspo tag. Take me for example. On my good days, where there are no anorexia flair-ups, I can accidently stumble upon those tags and be ok. Another person can stumble upon those same tags and be influenced to f*cking starve themselves to death. What affects one person does not affect another.

Two sides of the same coin. The “fine” thinspo and the “toxic” thinspo should remain online because I don’t believe in censoring free speech. People should be aware that not all thinspo is representing starvation.

Fitness/Health, minimalism

Minimalism and Health

Being healthy doesn’t have to complicated. All health really hones in on are two things: diet and exercise. With all the vast amount of information on the big, bad interwebz, it’s easy to blow the process to being healthy out of proportion. And that makes it seem…well…impossible. But it doesn’t have to be that way at all.

Getting healthy mainly requires just one goal from both diet and exercise: being consistent. You can’t expect to get results eating clean only 25% of the time, like eating a salad a day and feeling like the next fitness guru. Neither does exercising intensely six times a week for half a month, then not working out for a whole month won’t give you results. Rather, it’s doing a “‘minimalist'” routine.

This is my minimalist approach to diet. It’s basic knowledge to eat whole, unprocessed foods the majority of the time. I try to load my plate up with a variety of foods. A source of protein, some grains, and then a large serving of vegetables and fruit. For sanity, it makes sense to treat yourself to one thing every week. I decided to eliminate only one thing from my diet, and that is sugar. It would be too complicated to eliminate too many other foods if I don’t have a health condition. I do calculate calories for weightlifting, but I use apps to make tracking easier. That’s all there really is for eating clean and getting lean.

My workout routine is very simplistic too. Six times a week at four a.m I do yoga and Piyo. Four times a week I go to the gym at 5:50 am on the dot. I follow a weightlifting  program that I pay for every month that has been giving me great results. Since the weightlifting program only takes me around thirty-forty minutes, as everything is superset, I like to push myself with Crossfit for the remaining ten minutes. At Crossfit I pick the same basic exercises because with consistency, as then I will get very strong with them.

The balance part is a gentle activity for a greater frequency of training, and a hard activity for a lower frequency of training week. I highly recommend paying for a workout program that will last you for at least four months. If you can’t afford it, get ideas from Youtube or Pinterest. I like to print out the exercises from online resources so I have ideas if I can’t do my program for whatever reason. Like a back-up. Being prepared helps you stay consistent and saves you a lot of time and doubts of picking exercises tailored to your needs.

If you want to make additional changes to improve your health further, here are some recommendations.

  • Oil-pulling. This is swishing coconut oil in your mouth to help eliminate the bad bacteria in your mouth, plus whiten your smile.
  • Herbal Tea. Different types of tea have different effects on your mood and body. I really like green tea to boost my energy, and dandelion root tea to help with bloating.
  • Excellent Skin-Care. I consider skin-care to be part of general health, as the skin is your largest organ after all.
  • Volunteering. Doing volunteer work is an excellent way to stay on your feet. In the warmer seasons I walk the dogs at the local animal shelter, and in the past even did some gardening or split wood.

This isn’t so complicated overall. Or at least I don’t feel it is. A shortened idea of what a minimalistic routine would be the following.

!!!CONSISTENCY!!!

 

 

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat protein, grains, fruits, and veggies for most meals
  • Don’t eliminate or restrict too many things–it gets complicated after a while
  • Find a ready-made routine to take the guessing out for you
  • Set a specific time, and a certain amount of time, you exercise. Stick to it. Many years later it will become habit.
  • Pick a hard activity for a few times a week
  • Pick an easy activity for most of the week

This is the gist of how minimalism can be applied to healthy living.

mental health

How to Make the Most Out of Therapy (+) Notecard Activity

I believe everyone can more or less benefit from therapy. I myself have been in therapy for the past awhile. I was also in therapy on and off when I was younger, but it was more focused on my family dynamics that benefiting my own issues. This time I do have the chance to solely focus on myself in therapy, and I have been making immense progress.

What kept me from making progress at first were a few issues on my end. First of all, I was doubtful of my therapist. She certainly never did anything wrong. I just had an aversion to therapy because my family influenced my previous therapist that I was a liar about abuse, thus I never got helped I needed. I was also afraid to talk about certain topics with my current therapist, or I would end up rambling about nothing in particular. I was also unprepared for each appointment. It’s clear that I was avoiding getting down to my root issues. I was doing great at first, but the deeper we got, the more I used avoidance techniques. Otherwise, wasting time.

When people are beginning to confront their core issues, or deep emotions, they reel back and pull away. In this case, I would not use my time in therapy productively. I was just being a coward. Then when the day came that I developed a “I don’t care anymore”/ apathetic/stoic attitude I became able to deal with my core issues.

Being an advocate in a domestic/sexual abuse and sex trafficking shelter, I know how it works. Therapists deal with just about everything, and nothing can really be that unusual after a certain point. So I figured I have freedom to be as honest as possible. Again, I had nothing to lose at this point.

In therapy, just be completely honest. You are paying a trained person to help you. You shouldn’t really care what they think, as that isn’t what therapy is about. Therapy is sometimes difficult, but so is life.

I began by telling my therapist I was still kind of doubtful of her. I knew it would be awkward to do so, but I figured therapists are excellent at dealing with awkwardness. I said we worked well together and I liked her, but it’s just my view of admitting to myself that I need a therapist. We talked it out for the rest of the session. My solution is that I have nothing left to lose by putting effort into therapy. It is kind of like my “idfc” attitude. If I am paying her, or, well, my insurance, then I might as well just do what I’m supposed to do. I’d be stupid otherwise.

To remove the barrier of being off topic and being unprepared, I made notecards for myself. Each notecard has an issue or topic that I need to sort through, and has the major points or certain details on it. Additionally, on the day before my appointment I write down what I want to do with that appointment itself. Then afterwards I write down the key takeaways from the appointment.

Since I’m slightly obsessive about the appearance of everything I write down, I do little headers and creative forms of bullet points. You can bother to make it look nice, but it might be a little weird for people to see you decorate topic reminders for therapy.

Having this guideline keeps me on track so I keep going linearly forward in my progress. Often times I have to step in and say in the beginning of the appointment, “This is what I would like to talk about. Do you agree this is relevant?” Once we exhaust the topic, I ask her “What do you think we should work on?” I find this useful in staying on track.

I will be starting EMDR therapy to process past trauma, so I will probably expand on this later.

Is there any questions people have for me? There are a lot of thoughts on this, but I’m unsure of what is beneficial for people to know.

 

 

 

 

Self-Improvement

Absolutely No One Is Entitled

You are not entitled to wealth.

You are not entitled to respect.

You are not entitled to sex.

You are not entitled to affection.

You are not entitled to relationships.

You are not entitled to possessions.

You are not entitled to emotional support.

You are not entitled to anything.

 

And neither is anyone else.

The concept of entitlement has always been an interest of mine. It is senseless, yet a core of today’s society. It can be motivation for people to achieve what they want, although in a roundabout way. People who are entitled think society or others owe them, and carry that expectation over to other areas of their lives. Sometimes it can be that a person is in misfortune, and seeks to recover through thinking society owes them happiness. The concept of entitlement can be sad or maddening. For those who do get what they want through being entitled, it can be temporarily blissful — until someone refuses them.

What do others think?

I commonly see entitlement among people below the age of twenty-five. I predict this is because at the age of 25, nothing really gets handed to you anymore and there are very real consequences for your actions. You learn it the hard way. It’s an easy mindset to not blame yourself for not putting in the work.

Here’s a personal example of mine.I thought I was entitled to act however I wanted without consequences. I was self-destructive when I was a teen. For most of my teenage years people let me get away with it, until my behavior got too extreme for anyone to really watch happen. So they put me into a residential inpatient treatment center for three months. And I was all fucking confused about why I was there. Then I realized if I couldn’t manage to keep myself safe, then naturally others would put me somewhere to protect me from myself until I could be trusted to be mentally healthy. Common sense. Cause and effect. Snapped me out of my entitled attitude and I worked towards recovery.

Then there’s nonpersonal scenarios I see all the time.

Take students for example. They get a bad grade on the test, then bully the teacher into saying they deserve a better grade. However, the student never studied for the test. She simply expected the teacher to give her a good grade. The teacher doesn’t owe her that. The student feels down because she feels victimized, but never realizes getting good grades to get into her dream college is within her own control.

Women often think they are entitled to affection from a partner regardless of her own behavior. A woman could be manipulative, demanding, and doesn’t do anything in return for her partner. Yet she expects her partner to always provide cuddles and kisses despite the the conflict. As I always say “If a woman acts like a queen, then she should treat her man like a king.” If a woman wants a perfect #goals relationship, but somehow things never work out with partners, then she should work on herself because it’s easier than changing others to meet her standards.

The longer you think people owe you, the shorter your happiness will last. Being entitled will essentially make you a loser. Why? Because you never put it your own hard work and never get true results or completely meet your goals.

The bright side is that now you are fully capable of developing your own skills and talents. You are very moldable. You can really only go up, and there are lots of responsibilities. Failure might happen. No, probably will happen. But it’s a learning experience that can only make you greater. You have vast, unrealized potential right now.

Each person has the capacity to change the core of who they are around. Even the most entitled person can become the hardest worker. Or the spoiled the most giving. Each person can change for the better.

So welcome to real life.

Entitlement is a toxic mindset that people need to let go of if they want to be happy.

Uncategorized

Define #Goals

I don’t judge people for whatever the aspire to be in life. Whether they want to work in a STEM field, be a freelance scifi magazine writer, be a social media star, a stripper, you just do you. I believe everyone has the right to be happy. An observation I have recently made is what people see as #goals.

#Goals don’t seem to be applied to anything of value. There are basic standards for a human. I can list many, but the biggest is to strive for success that raises your own personal value. Max out what you have to offer the world and what makes you happy. With that goal, you will be revered by others and also probably die with regrets.

I see the #goals mainly associated with appearance, followed by comments by how women’s lives would be perfect if they could f*cking nail that makeup style or achieve the slim-thick physique aesthetic. It’s become so cool to put your livelihood into an outside persona made to please the world. Sure, it can be to make yourself happy as well. It’s very much a self-esteem boost to have pride in your body matching your vision. But that is just setting aspiration for what is on the outside of you.

I don’t see #goals for getting awesome grades or achieving a CEO position. I don’t see #goals for those women who risk malaria and watch babies die when they do missions in third world countries to try to make a difference. Or those role model teens who spend their spring break doing volunteering on their precious time to relax before college finals. Or kids who came from messed-up places who made something of themselves. Or even the everyday girl whose got her sh*t together. Those are the people who should be #goals. Those are the people who should be what people look up to.

I’m not saying I used to always think this way.

Sure, I went on social media and saw all the makeup and glamour, then scoured tips for how to imitate that. I tried them out and checked the ‘tried it’ option on Pinterest. I felt happier for a bit to take a step towards achieving a bodily representation of my internal moodboard. The happiness wasn’t fulfilling.

I wasn’t raising my own personal value. All I did was put on makeup in a different way.

I felt I was a fraud in life. Life is so amazing with all the opportunities it offers. I could pack up my bags and go to Italy. I could bring my boyfriend on a spontaneous date all over the nearby city for the night of his life without a care about money. I could switch my major in my college, or quit and focus on being a fitness guru. For a spin I could try to get away with robbing a bank or blow all my money trying to win it big at the casino. Hell, there is the chance I could succeed. Who is to stop me from doing any of those things? My morals and laws are the only hindrances.

Instead, I spent too much time watching Youtube makeup tutorials, then fretting when the same trick with the face goo didn’t look the same. I would spend more time reading about how to have the best figure instead of actually working out. Those were my #goals at the time that made me miss out on life.

I tried, but it was like the Melanie Martinez lyrics “Kids are still depressed when you dress them up.”

I redefined my #goals by going without those luxuries. By quitting makeup for a couple weeks. I started focusing on exercise for mental health and as a natural mood-booster. Spending my time with cute animals at the pound to brighten up their lonely days instead of time on social media or practicing #bathroomselfie. I found it more rewarding.

Things can be categorized as intrinsically or extrinsically motivating.

When I would drop what I was doing with others, they were more impressed by that than me wearing the trendy mustard colored sweater. It made me want to laugh when it clicked that focusing on my insides is what I wanted to do.

I’m not saying that anyone should care about what I’m saying. I’m not throwing myself a pity party by saying others have misplaced goals lost in aesthetics. I believe in people doing what it takes to be a good egg. Hell, maybe those girls with the #goals eyebrows will be the next Kim Kardashian and spend the rest of their days Happily-Ever-After.

minimalism

Updated Capsule Wardrobe

The other day, five days ago in fact, I rehauled my entire capsule wardrobe into an even smaller one. There wasn’t necessarily anything wrong with how my capsule was. I just felt like I still had too much of certain pieces, in addition to having several pieces I still barely wore. I’d much rather have a smaller, well-used wardrobe full of everything that looks good.

Since this is my third Capsule Wardrobe change, it went by quickly. The longest ordeal was figuring out what style I wanted to have, and how little I can get away with. My style only changed slightly: a more grown-up casual to suit how I’m a 21 year old who doesn’t care much about fashion. So threw out certain grungy shirts and kept polished tees, blouses, and blazers. The point is that whatever I put on I will automatically like and it is versatile for different outings. Just simple.

So here is my current wardrobe:

(Note: This is a year-round capsule wardrobe, thus it has more pieces that are seasonal, and it bigger overall. Also, I plan on not buying any clothes for the majority of the year.)

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Tanks

Striped (1)            Eclectic (2)              Neutral Silk (1)

High-neck (1)       Mustard-Colored (1)         Velvet (1)

Tees

White (1)              Grey (1)             Black  (1)

Eclectic (2)        Striped (1)            Mustard-Colored (1)

Mid-Sleeve Shirts

Baseball (1)         Eclectic (2)          White (1)

Long-Sleeve Shirts

Black (1)            Grey (1)            White (1)

Striped (1)        Hemley (1)

Layers

Flowy Cardigan (1)    Thick/ Wool Cardigan (1)            Button-Up Cardigan (1)

Blue Oxford (1)          White Blouse (2)            Blazer (1)        Flannels (2)

Pants

Black (1)          Boyfriend (2)          Light wash (3)          Dark wash (3)

Shorts

Black (1)         Light wash (2)          Dark wash (2)

Sweaters

Black (1)     Grey (1)                Striped (1)        Cowl Neck (1)

Red (1)        Eclectic (1)           Fluffy (1)

Shoes

Ankle Boots (1) Combat boots (1) Knee-High Boots (1)

Classic Heel (1) Leather Slip-Ons (1) Oxfords (1)

Converse (1) Summer Heels (1) Black Flats (1)

Bags

Black Quilted Bag (1) Leather Tote (1) Leather Backpack (1)

Evening Bag (1) Everyday Bag (1) Statement Purse (1)

 

 

Personal

My Self-Improvement Summer Goals

I made a list of everything I want to do/change this summer. A change of the seasons is a perfect time for change, especially when there will be a break where I won’t be around as many people. This form of going into this  self-focused isolation “monk mode”, which the same is very suitable.

I’m not sure what to think of what the process will be like. But I will keep updates of how this will go. As long as I have self-discipline and don’t deny that I can actually change, this life do-over should be completed by the time my senior year of college rolls around.

Here is a list of everything I will change starting today.

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Goals for Summer 2017

Main Goals

  1. Build a life around my priorities
  2. Focus on optimal health
  3. Achieving my dream body
  4. Try new activities
  5. Have confidence/ “Idfc” attitude

 

Goal #1: Priorities

  • Spend most of my time on hobbies (hobbies > time-wasters)
  • Let the SGI become more of a center in my life (be my moral compass)
  • Keep loved ones near and dear (message daily, hang out weekly)
  • Engage in minimalism (study + practice)
  • Eliminate time-wasters (social media, unnecessary tasks)

 

Goal #2: Optimal Health

  • Keep to a strict diet (track calories, less caffeine, high protein, cheat meal days)
  • Stay on top of appointments (psychiatrist, gastroenterologist?,  dentist, orthodonist)
  • Make progress in therapy (closure on past, start EMDR)

 

Goal #3: Achieve Dream Body

  • Weightlift 4x per week + weekly progress
  • Build on Quads + train 2x per week
  • Build on Abs + train 3x per week
  • Yoga 7x per week + loosen whole body
  • Get approximately 9,000 steps daily
  • Longboard for cardio
  • Ride stationary bike 2x per week

 

Goal #4: Try New Activities

  • Try new methods/genres of doing hobbies
  • Go to new places
  • Learn to do things for fun
  • Aim for spontaneity

 

Goal #5: Become Confident

  • Read motivational books
  • Realize nothing matters
  • Work on it in therapy
  • Develop better body image
  • Engage in basic self-care to keep myself functioning
Fitness/Health

Three Reasons Why Your Diet is Failing

Diets can be very hard to stick to, especially when it has to be done over a long period of time. It seems the longer the diet continues, the less willpower you have. But really, it is about attitude. Viewing the diet as deprivation will cause anyone to lose motivation. People naturally focus on the immediate gratification of food cravings instead of the ultimate goal of achieving their dream body. How is your attitude right now? Is it positive or negative?

Here are three reasons why diets may be failing.

 

  • The diet is a punishment. This is very important. If you feel you need to diet as a way to punish yourself for past poor food choices, then you have a long ways to go. Punishment does not help anyone or anything. Psychology has proven that positivity and rewards effectively helps people stick to behavior change much more than punishment ever will. Instead, try viewing the diet as a way to  reward your body. You are taking care of it by losing or gaining weight and eating healthy food. A diet is an excellent decision for your health.
  • You have unrealistic expectations. Expecting to lose over five pounds a week is unrealistic. Even three or four pounds a week can be unrealistic, but it does happen for people who have a lot of water weight or bloating that suddenly disappears. What most doctors recommend is two pounds a week. Why? If you are trying to lose weight rapidly, it is often done in unhealthy ways. It’s better for your mental health to just take time to lose the weight in a consistent fashion, and just exercise if you want to get better results.
  • Your changes might be too extreme. Read your diet plan aloud to yourself. Does it sound rather extreme? Well, it might be. Just going from an unhealthy diet to a healthy diet is hard. No matter your plan, if it is extreme it would literally be giving up the majority of the foods you ate in favor for foods you aren’t too familiar with. I would focus first on reducing the amount of sugary drinks consumed per day, then dropping calorie intake by 100-200. As each week goes on add new changes while maintaining the previous ones. Of course, you might also be a person who would thrive off of a huge sudden change.

These are the three biggest changes that can cause a diet to fail.  When thinking about dietary changes you wish to make, keep in mind to avoid making these mistakes in particular. It will make the overall process much easier, and maybe enjoyable.