Health Tips: Top 4 Reasons Why Diets Fail

The battle of the bulge is on … any movement on the scale yet? According to Jessica Bartfield, MD, here are the top four reasons why many dieters fail to lose weight.

Underestimating Calories Consumed: Most people (even experts!) underestimate the number of calories they eat per day. Writing down everything that you eat—including drinks and “bites” or “tastes” of food—can help increase self-awareness.

Overestimating Activity and Calories Burned: Typically you need to cut 500 calories per day to lose one pound per week. This is very difficult to achieve through exercise alone and would require 60 minutes or more of vigorous activity every day.

Poor Timing of Meals: You need a steady stream of glucose throughout the day to maintain optimal energy and to prevent metabolism from slowing down.

Inadequate Sleep: Studies have shown that people who get less than six hours of sleep have higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite (and particularly appetite for high-carbohydrate/high-calorie foods). In addition, less sleep raises levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, which can lead to weight gain.