4 Common Reasons Diets Derail…And How To Get Back On Track

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This post is sponsored by MediFast and I am talking part in their diet plan in exchange for honest reviews and updates. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

You know, the trouble with diets is that you could can’t eat cake. Or cookies. Or ice cream. The whole not-eating-the-ice-cream thing is the worst.

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I’ve been on Medifast Flex for two weeks now and I have to say, I’m finding myself having a really difficult time. As I mentioned in my first post I’m not a fan of diets in general. I just feel really constrained. I know that’s the point…but I also know its baking season…

That said, I’ve gotten a little off track and I’m trying to get back on. However, as I’ve thought about the reasons why I’ve been derailed I thought they might be reasons everyone could understand. Here are a few ways I’ve been derailed and how I now plan to help myself get back on track.

Temptations take hold

As I mentioned in my first post, this is my favorite time of year for comfort food. It’s totally baking season right now and I’m personally not as motivated as I am in January, February and early spring. Right now, I just want pie.

I’m also a big believer in treats. It’s my general philosophy in life not to completely deprive yourself of things or you end up losing it or going on a binge.

Out of my four reasons, this is the most difficult for me personally.

My solve:

To try and deal I’m going to allow myself to have two bites of the cake I’m making, or whatever I’m making. It’s 100% not what is recommended on Medifast, but it’s better than me eating a whole serving or feeling resentful and cranky because I can’t enjoy a bite of apple cider donuts with my kids.

Additionally, when we are home I’m going to try and rely more on the Medifast frozen treats like the Mango Soft Serve or the Orange Cream Shake. Until now I’ve been reluctant because you have to get the blender out to make these and I typically get a sweet tooth at night after the kids are asleep.

However, eating these might help to fulfill those cravings though and they are 110 calories per serving. (I’ll try to remember to make one during the daytime soon and photograph it for you to see.)

For other’s I would recommend also letting yourself have a bite every now and then, as long as you can keep it to a bite. If you’re like me and like nighttime treats, I would also recommend finding small treats or calorie restrictive treats you can reward yourself with after the kids are in bed.

Not feeling full

When I counted the calories on the Medifast plan I was concerned about the amount of calories I would be eating. The plan tries to keep you from going over 1,000 calories each day. While I love that it has you eating essentially six times a day, I’m just not full often after eating. Or perhaps satisfied is a better word.

My solve:

I’ve found adding in a small piece of fruit along with my morning and afternoon snacks helps with this and I’m going to continue to do that. When I don’t feel full I tend to gorge myself at the next meal and I’d rather get the nutrients and calories from a small apple or serving of veggies versus overeating at lunch or dinner in some way.

I’m also going to drink more water. Medifast has these great, energy infuser, water flavor packets that help me mix it up so I’m going to take advantage of those in the coming weeks. They also have caffeine in them, which is a bonus for a mom whose kids wake up at 5:30 a.m.

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If you’re dieting and having this issue too I would also try adding in the piece of fruit or a low-carb veggie to see if it helps carry you through the day. Also, up your water intake. Not only will it help you to feel full but it will help your skin too. I know mine is starting to completely dry out now that cooler weather has arrived.

Not feeling fueled

So for those of you that don’t follow my Instagram stories, you may not know that I work out on a regular basis. I run about 3 miles or use the elliptical for 7 + miles or bike 12 miles a few times a week. I’ve found those things harder and harder to do cutting my calories so strictly. I’ve not done them as much as I have in previous months due to a knee injury and a few, regular speech appointments for my son. However, my knee is feeling better and we’ve been able to back off on my son’s speech therapy so working out will take a bigger priority again going forward.

My solve:

Like above I’ve found that adding in the small piece of fruit or a veggie snack of cucumber helps me to not only feel fuller, but to also give me more energy to workout in a way that I’m used to.

Again, if you’re experiencing something similar while trying to lose weight, I would also try adding in these smaller, fresh options. Specifically, if you aren’t on something that’s as strict as the Medifast plan I think this will really be one thing that will help propel you towards your fitness goals.

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Not having support 

I did another diet plan earlier in the year and I didn’t understand until that time how important support was. Specifically, support from people who are doing the same thing as you. We had a Facebook page where we would post sweaty selfie photos after our daily workout and post photos of our meals. We would help to try to motivate one another and in general, just seeing everyone else exercise and seeing their good food choices was AMAZING motivation. I’ve struggled with not having that on this plan.

My solve:

I’m going to try and find some of the other bloggers who are also doing Medifast right now. I think going forward, knowing they’re out there, keeping up with them on Instagram and reading their blog updates, will help tremendously.

I would suggest anyone dieting do the same. Even if you don’t know the person, just follow them and keep up with them so they can serve as partners in health and wellness and role models. It doesn’t have to be someone who is already at their ideal weight running 10 miles each day. (God knows those people can make me feel deflated when I start comparing myself.) It can be someone who is in the same spot as you. Someone with extra pounds to shed who is killing it with their food choices and fitness goals. It’s really amazing how people can help inspire other’s wellness, many times without even knowing it.

Ok, so now that I’ve shared some struggles with my dieting habits, what are your’s? Share with me below and tell me if/how you have been able to overcome them.

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  1. Hi there! This was a good read 🙂 I totally add small snacks (fruits and veggies) for that boost of energy too! Also keeps me from over-eating at a meal!

  2. I’ve been on a weightloss journey for most of my life and I can never seem to stick to any kind of diet. I find it works best when I just try and change one thing at a time and go slowly. It’s a crazy hard thing to do. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am an emotional eater and that is the main reason I can’t stay on track. I need to find something to do other than eat when I am stressed.

  4. Losing weight is never easy because we are surrounded by temptation and we are so occupated that we dont have the time or energy to focus on ourself. My biggest help was my husband who motivated me everyday and supported me.

  5. I never do well with diets. Like you said, they fail for pretty much everyone. I haven’t heard of Medifast before. Thanks for the tip.

  6. I have been taking a medication that makes me eat all of the things and I have eaten them all! I am going to use your tips to get back on track; I want to look good in my winter sweater.

  7. Every time I’ve ever dieted it’s always gone wrong. I would love to get back on track when baby comes and really stick to it. Great tips!

  8. I’ve tried to lose weight so many times and although I’m used to working out and all that, it’s tough when you deal with temptations. I think these are really helpful tips for everyone trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

  9. I find that if I indulge, even a little, I am bound to fall off later in the week. I have taken the White Line approach, where “that’s the food that I draw the line on…” meaning I don’t eat it. I say it that way to myself, too: I don’t eat cider donuts. I don’t eat pasta. When I say it aloud, I get a lot of ground and feel better, too. Like it is a decision, not a giving up.

  10. I’ve never used the Medifast plan. I don’t typically diet. I try to concentrate on making my meals as nutritionally dense as possible. I try to keep to portions and enjoy what I am eating.

  11. I’ve never heard of this diet plan! But I’ll have to check it out. Personally, I always find strength in numbers. If I follow someone or personally know someone on the same plan, it’s SUPER helpful.

  12. This is where I am at right now. I am derailed. I am hoping to get back on track today. A big thing for me is lack of food in the house.

  13. I’ve never really done a diet but can imagine how difficult it must be sticking to it. I’m glad you’ve found some reasons why diets may derail and ways in which this can be combatted. Good luck with your diet!

  14. I have never heard of medifast but those snacks look good! I am the worst at dieting so maybe I’ll give these a try. I really just need to get some will power and say no to pizza haha.

  15. I am definitely not a big fan of diets either! But it looks like you are doing a pretty good job with making it more like something you are comfortable with. Eating 1000 calories a day sounds crazy! Thanks for sharing with us.

  16. This is so true! Also, I feel like if I lose weight, it is okay for me to indulge. Then I start getting into the mindset that well..I’m not gaining any weight back, so I can continue to eat like I am. Does that make sense?

  17. I love your solutions to each challenge – they are spot-on. For me, I find that I crave those sweets the most a. When I am short on sleep and/or b. When I am stressed. I try to be mindful of getting more sleep (and drinking a large glass of water/waiting 5 min. before indulging) with the former, and doing the same PLUS acknowledging that I am stressed with the latter – not perfect solutions, but they do help!

  18. Having support is so important when you are going on a diet. You want people around you to be involved so that they will also not be tempted to share something with you that will derail you.

  19. These are all super valid reasons that diets can fail. My failure is usually because I get bored. I’m a boredom eataer, but I’m definitely using these tips the next time I undertake a diet.


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