In today’s world it’s easy to want to have immediate results for our efforts. It’s why we send text messages instead of letters, use the internet instead of encyclopedias, and in many cases use a drive through instead of a kitchen at home. However with how quickly things seem to move it can be easy to forget that seeing results from dieting aren’t the kind of thing that will show up the next day. This can lead to people jumping from diet to diet at the first sign of “failure” just because they aren’t seeing any results. This “diet hopscotch” can be dangerous to your weight loss and is a leading cause of diet failure.
One of the big reasons that “diet hopscotch” is dangerous is that it doesn’t give your body any time to adjust to the new nutrition and exercise regimens that you’re implementing. If you switch diets, say, once a month then you won’t have time to adjust properly which can wreak havoc on your body depending on how each attempted diet interacts with the next one. You could end up with nutritional deficiencies or end up overworked with exercise that can lead to injury which can really put a damper on your weight loss.
One of the important things to recognize is that results from a diet can take time, in some cases a lot of time. It took your whole life to get to the weight you’re at right now, you’re not going to just wake up tomorrow and have it be gone no matter how hard you worked the day before. You need to take the time to watch and log your progress, no matter how big or small, and see that these things add up over time instead of just giving up because you’re not seeing huge leaps and bounds right away.
In fact you should be wary of any diet that promises you extreme weight loss in a short period of time. Healthy weight loss is usually about two pounds per week if you want to see a regular, gradual decline. Diets that promise you’ll “lose 20 lbs in 10 days!” are often crash or fad diets that will, unhealthily, get you that weight loss right away but you run the risk of yo-yoing back up if you don’t keep up with the dangerous and unsustainable demands of said crash diet. Safe and successful weight loss is gradual changes that you adapt to in your daily life, it isn’t something that you do for a little while then go back on once you’ve reached your goal.
It can be disheartening to think that you won’t have reached your goal weight in a few months (unless of course you have a very short distance to said goal), but trust me when I say that the end result is worth all of the effort and waiting. Diet results can take time to start seeing the effect of, reserve your judgement for after you’ve tracked and logged for a few months before you give up or change diets because things aren’t going as quickly as you would like.