Stop Dieting It Does Not Work

by Feb 27, 2021Weight Loss

Stop Dieting It Does Not Work

For what it’s worth will say it again, diets don’t work. This may sound unusual, or this may even be something you already know, but the concept of dieting is a failed process. The astonishing part of this fact is that the diet industry is currently a $72B a year industry. That is a tremendous amount of money spent on a concept that doesn’t work. Even more astonishing is that most diets fail in less than six months. Yet, the average person will try to diet over 100 times in their lifetime. 

What does it say about the diet industry, and even better, what does it say about people and their desire to lose weight? It says the diet industry takes the money and gets no results in return, and the people trying the diet are unaware and continue to try and fail. 

Reasons That Diets Do Not Work

Lack of knowledge is the main reason that a diet will fail. There are many statistics out there stating that 95% to 97% of all diets fail. Now that’s a considerable number, and you may think that’s a terrible statistic, but it’s a very normal statistic in reality. Think of it this way if you were told that you had to take a test with 50 questions, you had one hour to complete, and it is on a subject that you have absolutely no background or knowledge in this subject. How do you think you would perform on that test? A reasonable estimate is 95% to 97% of the people in this situation would fail the test. Dieting is no different!

The majority of people do not know how to lose weight or maintain their weight. Expecting them to try to lose weight without any knowledge is a recipe for disaster. The statistics support this statement. It is even more evident that the general population does not know how to lose weight as the obesity rate today is approximately 42.4% and the US. About three-quarters of the United States is listed as overweight. These numbers show an apparent lack of knowledge when it comes to losing weight. 

Diets cause weight gain! Wait a second; diets are supposed to help lose weight, not gain weight. This can’t be. Well, it is. When someone enters into a diet, they are in a fragile state. They are unhappy with their body; otherwise, they would not try to lose weight in the first place. They lack self-confidence because they are not able to maintain their bodies to their perceived standards. With being unhappy with their body and lacking self-confidence, the little voice in their head has the advantage.

Once the voice has the advantage, defeat is just around the corner. Now the perfect storm is right in front of them (three things working against them), and they don’t know what to do! This goes back to lack of knowledge. The 95% to 97% failure is in the makings, and when this happens, and it will, the person regresses. This regression usually is severe and is followed by overeating/drinking/sitting/lost feeling, which equates to adding more weight.  

Yet the average person will go through this process repeatedly and, yes, add more weight instead of losing weight throughout their life.  

Too much noise from the fitness and diet industry.  This is a shame, but it happens. The fitness and diet industry knows there is a lack of knowledge out there, and they use this to their advantage. This is one reason the diet industry is $72B a year, and the fitness industry is $33B a year. That is over $100B a year and very profitable. Unfortunately, industries that make one think they are helping are really in it for profit. 

You have seen commercials with someone that looks fit and trim advertising for a company saying they have the answers and just look at the results. This marketing plays right into the person with little to no self-confidence, unhappy with their body, fighting voices, and most of all, unsure of what to do. They see this and say that is the answer, this will help me, they will help me, education comes with this program. It is checking all the boxes, so it has to work. Right? Wrong, it works for a select few, and the rest pay a lot of money and get little to no benefit from the program. Sound familiar? Making things worse is the cycle continues to repeat.  

The information provided from these industries will benefit themselves first and you, the customer, second. Some people will stick with the program and see results, but most will not. 

The body is balanced. Unusual statement but true. The body will balance itself out over time. What this means is if a person, on average, consumes 3000 calories per day, the body will try, if able to, to burn about 3000 calories per day in balance. Now this person decides to go on a diet and cut calories down to 2,500 calories per day, a 500-calorie day difference. For seven days, this will be 3500 calories less, which one pound the body fat requires between 3300 and 3500 calories to burn. In this case, this person would lose approximately 1 pound a week if everything else is held constant. 

Here’s where the issue comes in. When the person goes to 2500 calories a day, the body realizes a reduction in calories. Within 30 to 45 days, the body adjusts the number of calories it burns down to approximately 2500 calories per day. This is why diets generally work in the first 4 to 6 weeks, with results after which the weight loss stops and people give up. The only way that this model will continue to work is by reducing calories again from 2500 calories down to 2000 calories. Also, the body will catch up within 30 to 45 days, and the process would have to be repeated down to 1500 calories a day. This becomes unsustainable; however, the individual would probably have given up long before this point.  

This balancing process is a survival mechanism built into each of us over millions of years of evolution. From the time that man started first walking on the earth until recent years, we ate only one time a day or less. As a survival mechanism, the body has built-in defenses to accommodate these long periods without having food. This is one way the body protects itself against starvation. Knowing this mechanism is in place, the body will override a diet and therefore defeat it very quickly. Because of this, my diet will never work. 

Lifestyle changes. There are numerous other reasons why diets don’t work but above are some of the primary reasons why a diet will never be successful. So with all this negative news around what doesn’t work, the next question is what does work? Lifestyle changes are what works for losing weight. What do we mean by lifestyle changes? Well, precisely what the term is trying to say. One example is intermittent fasting. This lifestyle change from eating three meals a day plus snacks to consuming one or two meals and a shortened eating window. For more on this topic, please read the following.  

Another lifestyle change example would be exercising certain days of the week. If the person has been sedentary most of their life and decides to begin walking 2 or 3 times a week, this is a lifestyle change. 

Lifestyle changes have long-lasting impacts. It is not a quick fad diet or trying to hit a specific goal weight just to stop and eat and put the weight back on. It is a newly-formed habit in which you repeat regularly that does the body good. This repetition makes for perfection in the benefits that will show and last for years to come. 

Lifestyle changes can be straightforward, such as walking a few times a week. They do not have the voices in your head saying no or have the person thinking about their imperfect body and or lack of confidence. By overcoming the simple mental issues, the person is free of self-doubt and engages in this new lifestyle change without fear of failure. This is why lifestyle changes are so powerful and have lasting effects ever. 


If you tried to lose weight in the past and failed, you’re not alone, and don’t beat yourself up for it because it’s not your fault! How to say something that’s not taught in the schools and not something talked about in the households is where most people learn essential living habits. Without knowing how to lose weight truly is the same as trying to take a test in a subject, but you have no experience whatsoever. The outcome of the test will probably be less than favorable, and so too is the outcome of trying to lose weight. Without knowledge, it is easy to expend a lot of energy without getting any results, causing immediate withdrawal. This process repeatedly happens day in and day out across the country as individuals start on a weight loss program only to give up shortly after repeat the process at some later point. 

If you want the education and really know how to lose weight, then reach out to someone with this knowledge, and the cannon will help you. This would be comfortable for a teacher to give you information before taking a test. If you’d like to learn how to really lose weight, please reach out to me, and I will explain it in detail so that you have the knowledge to succeed and lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.            


If you don’t have time to take care of your health, YOU WILL make time to take care of your illness!  What side of the equation do you want to be on?

Hello, my name is David Zaepfel. I blog about things that matter to you and try to break them down into simple and easy terms so that you can understand what is really going on.  I am a firm believer that simple is the best way to go.  Don’t overly complicate things as life is complicated enough without being bombarded with over the head talk.  Keep it simple!  Let me know what you think.


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