We’ve all been there before, you’ve been with a diet for a while now and it seems to be working some of the time but other times it feels like a lot of effort for not much return. Sometimes you’ll see the progress you wanted and you’ve come to expect but other weeks you’re just not reaching your goals.
The only problem is that you’ve put so much time and effort into this diet, you’ve worked hard and planned out all your diet and exercise routines, that you don’t want to give it up just because you’ve hit a few bumps in the road. Well it looks like you’ve fallen victim to the classic diet rut!
A diet rut is pretty simple, it’s when you put too much value into a plan that just isn’t working anymore, often simply because you don’t want your effort to have been wasted. This doesn’t just apply to diets either, I’m sure we’ve all had that project we’ve worked towards that just doesn’t seem to make any progress no matter how we try but we don’t want to give up because we worked so hard already. However, when you look at things objectively you need to accept the fact that your current plan isn’t working and move on.
That’s not to say that it didn’t work to start and it hasn’t given you results, on the contrary it’s gotten you this far and you should be glad for all the work you put into it! The important part is evaluating your progress and deciding whether or not you’re actually stuck or if you’ve just hit a minor pitfall. Look at your progress over, say, a month or two. Have you been making slow gains and plateauing or is the current diet and exercise plan not giving you at all what you need? If you notice a trend of no progress, or even worse a decline, then it’s safe to say you’re in a rut.
How do you break out of a diet rut? It’s simple, you switch things up until they work again! Flexibility is a key part of a successful diet, sticking to the same plan through and through is bound to end up no longer working after a while. Try to identify any place your diet might be lacking, either in nutrition or exercise or even both, and change, modify, or stop the things that aren’t working. If the whole thing seems broke then don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith and build a new weight loss plan from the ground up either on your own or with the help of a dietician or nutritionist. Don’t get stuck in a diet rut, break out and start making progress again!