Prevent These 5 Diet Mistakes


The statistics prove that the majority of diets fail.

The biggest issue that I see, is that people simply do not stick to the diet long enough. Here are 5 common mistakes people are making that stop them from making permanent, lifestyle changes.

1. You’re Changing Too Much

The more that you try to change at once, the more likely you are to fail. Leo Babauta, in his book The Power of Less, reviewed the common weight loss process of changing multiple habits.

The statistics were mind blowing.

  • When people tried changing a single behavior at a time, the likelihood that they’ll retain that habit for a year or more is better than 80%.
  • When people tried changing two behaviors, their chances of success are less than 35%.
  • When people tried changing three behaviors or more, their success rate plummets to fewer than 5%.

The lesson?

Change one thing at a time. Be patient, and the results will be permanent.

2. You don’t have support around you.

I love to study and read about successful athletes. More than anything, I love learning about what makes them tick and what habits the top 1% have.

One of the things I have learnt is that successful people never do it alone. Take your typical professional athlete, and on his team you will find:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Massage therapist
  • Sport coach
  • Assistant coach
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Chef
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Driver
  • Personal assistant

Now I understand that you and I don’t have the need – nor the budget – to travel with an entourage.

But it highlights an important fact: you need a team of people around you

So to build your dream team, start recruiting.

First, ask your inner circle to support you. This could be your close family and partner, and perhaps your closest friend. Make sure you tell them about your goals, and ask them to support and motivate you when you are having a bad day.

Second, could you see a personal trainer a few times per week? They will keep you accountable with regular check ins, and give you the perfect nutrition and training plans customized for your goals.

3. You break the number 1 diet rule

The number one diet rule is this: if the food is in your house, it will eventually be eaten. You see, even those with a strong discipline around food will eventually crack.

My tip?

Clear out the cupboard and freezer of the food you know is your weakness, and then never buy it again.

If you have treat meal and there are some leftovers, throw the rest away or give it to your neighbors if you know you will be tempted.

4. You train too much, too soon

When starting out, it’s always best to start gradually.

Training is one area where people dive straight into the deep end. I see people who haven’t exercised for months or even years, and they begin by going to the gym 6 or 7 times each week.

This is great if you can sustain it, but most can’t.

You will see better results by training three times per week for the next twelve months, instead of training daily for one month, and then burning out.

My tip?

Aim for 3 sessions per week for the first month. If you want to increase it after that, go for it. However make it a habit first.

5. You’re not being kept accountable

Human nature is a funny thing…

We’re happy to let ourselves down.

For instance, how many people commit to a workout but never follow through? However when it comes to letting somebody else down, we will walk through walls so we don’t let them down!

The funny thing is, we do this even if it’s for somebody we barely know or even who we’ve never met.

My tip?

Take advantage of this fact and hire a trainer. You won’t let them down, which means you will reach your goals faster and build the discipline and new habits.

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