When people think of trying out a diet program, they do so with an expectation of losing their excess weight. Unfortunately, many people never complete their diet plan and quit it midway. This is not an isolated incident. In fact, it is believed that most people who start a diet program eventually give up while only a few people truly see it through. And below, we look at nine reasons why diet programs tend to end up as a failure for most people.

Unrealistic Goals

One of the biggest reasons for diet failure is the unrealistic expectation some people have at the beginning of the program. People might expect to lose 10 kilos a week by following a diet. But you need to ask yourself whether this is achievable or not? Most of the time, the desire to quickly get rid of excess weight tends to make people expect too much from a diet program. And when they see that they are not losing weight as expected, they ditch the diet thinking that it is ineffective. This is why it is essential to have a realistic target for weight loss.

Drastic Body Changes

Some dieters undergo drastic changes in their body when they start out a diet. They will experience headaches, intense mood swings, problems with digestion, stress, physical weakness, and so on. These sudden changes can be so overwhelming that people will choose to break away from the diet rather than continue and suffer from these changes. This usually happens when you choose a diet plan that is not in sync with the food requirements of your body.

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Emotional Eating

People who have a tendency of emotional eating are also very likely to end a diet program before its completion. ‘Emotional eating' refers to the habit where a person eats a lot of food when under the grip of intense emotions. Such emotions can either be positive or negative. For example, some people may have a tendency to eat a lot when under stress while others eat more when they are excited. So, if you also have emotional eating habits, then you should learn to control them before trying out any diet. Otherwise, it is very likely that the diet program will end up being a failure.

Calorie Focus

Many dieters excessively focus on cutting down as many calories as they can. The biggest problem with this tactic is that they usually fail to look at the nutritional value of the meal. Your body needs essential nutrients on a daily basis. If you deprive your body of such nutrients, then you are likely to develop some serious medical complications. As a result, you will have no choice but to stop following the diet program.

Poor Support

Human beings are social animals. They are usually influenced very heavily by what others in their social circle say to them. And this behavior can also a big reason why many people never finish their diet program. For example, when a diet plan does not produce any visible results in the first few days, people might hear their friends and co-workers mocking them for not being able to lose weight. And this can leave a deep, negative feeling among many dieters. As a result, they might quit the diet program to avoid being perceived as a joke by those around them.

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Binge Eating

Diet plans require you to cut down the quantity of food you eat every day of the program. While some people might be able to cope with this, others will find it pretty hard to follow. Reducing the food intake for a few days can make some dieters so hungry that they might eat a lot of food in a short period of time. For example, a person might strictly follow a 1000 calorie diet for four days but might gorge upon fatty, sweet food on the fifth day and end up eating 3000 calories. Obviously, such binge eating will interfere with the diet plan, stopping you from ever losing weight.


People also tend to hit a plateau in the middle of the diet program where they stop losing weight. And this can be extremely frustrating for many dieters, with the result that some will decide to drop out of the program. If you ever come across such a situation, you should check out the dieting forums for suggestions on how to overcome this stage of the diet.

Understand that stalling is a very common phenomenon among many dieters. As such, those who have experienced this stage have published many useful tips that can help anyone break through the plateau. For example, are you Stalling during HCG Diet? Here Are the Reasons and Solutions that will help you to successfully deal with your situation and make the HCG diet a success.

Work Fatigue

If you are involved in a profession where you physically exert yourself too much all day long, then a diet plan is not likely to succeed. You will likely be tired after work every single day. And if you start dieting in such a situation, the calorie restriction will affect your energy levels. And when this starts to negatively affect your work performance, you will have no option but to quit the diet and return back to normal eating habits.

Portion Size

Many people are unable to control their portion sizes because of which their diet program becomes a failure. Generally, most of the diet plans will ask its adherents to eat in smaller quantities. However, if you cannot follow this rule because of your intense craving for food, then you are likely to bypass this rule and try to eat bigger portions. But even if you cut down the food consumption on a daily basis, eating bigger portions can still prevent you from losing weight. As a result, you will likely think that the diet plan is not working and will decide to quit it.