Why Do Most Diets Fail

Today I try to answer for you the question of  why do most diets fail. I hope I can explain to you the reasons for the failure of diets in general.

why do most diets fail

Why Do Most Diets Fail

The title of this article is a bit tricky. It really is. How come? If we’re going to be completely honest with ourselves, most diet programs currently on the market work. You know it. I know it. Everybody who has been on a diet of some kind knows it. This is not a secret.

After all, those books would not be on the market and people wouldn’t be buying them if they did not work at some level or other. They go through some sort of selection system. The market takes care of itself. Things that work tend to sell more and they get a lot more visibility. You only need to look at the bestseller lists of diet books to get a clear understanding that these diets do work.

The problem is not whether they help you lose pounds. That goes without saying. They wouldn’t exist if that weren’t true. If they didn’t do their job, they would not exist. They would not be available on the market if they didn’t at some level or other work.

The issue is sustainability. This is how you should define diet failures. Unfortunately, a lot of people who go on diet after diet fail to do this. They just focus on the short-term weight loss.

Maybe they have some sort of high school reunion they have to go to. Perhaps they’re going to a job interview and they are under a lot of pressure to look their very best so they go on a crash diet, they lose weight, and guess what happens next? That’s right. Just as morning follows night, all that weight comes back. I’m not talking about some; I’m talking about all.

Given enough time, most diets fail. The reason, of course, is due to people’s inability or unwillingness to focus on sustainability.

Let me say it loud and clear: If you go on diet and you don’t focus on sustainability, your diet is going to fail. You can take that to the bank.


free keto diet recipesSooner or later, your life is going to catch up to you. Sooner or later, the past ways of doing things, and these are the things that you are accustomed to doing, will come back. Your old eating habits, your old dietary patterns, your old food preferences, all of these will come rushing back and guess what happens?

All the weight that you lost in the early or middle stages of your diet, come back. To make matters worse and to add insult to injury, you end up weighing more. It’s bad enough that all that weight came back, but you end up getting heavier and heavier and heavier.

This is why a lot of people who go on one diet after another actually end up getting worse and worse. This is the reason people fail with almost all the diets they try. They’re not focused on consistency. They’re just focused on achieving spectacular weight loss. There’s no point in losing all that weight if you know for sure that you are going to gain all of it back and then some.

Sustainability is the Key to Diet Success

You have to wrap your mind around the concept of sustainability. If you can’t keep the pounds off, it’s probably a good idea to start thinking about not going on a diet at all. I know that seems harsh. To a lot of people, it may even seem extreme. However, if you think about it hard enough, it is the most practical thing that you could ever decide. Seriously.

Think about it. Why should you go through all the hassle and effort of losing weight when you know at the back of your head that sooner or later that weight will come back? Let’s not kid ourselves. Sometimes it only takes a change in our schedule or some sort of minor change in our lifestyle and all that weight comes back. Sustainability is the name of the name of the game.

The Keto Diet is Sustainable

There is good news. If you are sick and tired of going from one diet to another with very little sustainable results, try the keto diet. However, there is a way to do this the right way. A lot of people jump in with both feet and they end up repeating typical unsustainable diet mistakes.

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This custom plan works around the food you already enjoy eating. It will enable you to turn the keto diet from yet another diet that you can pick up to an actual lifestyle that you can stick to for the long run. Remember, the name of the game is sustainability.

All the best with your weight loss in the coming weeks and months.







Mediterranean Diet Food List

Welcome to this mediterranean diet food list. I am listing all the foods I used to lose weight and the foods that came up in my research on the subject too. Follow the recommendations in this food list and you will notice that you start to lose weight. I went for a gradual weight loss over a year, I was happy with a pound or two a week.

A mediterranean diet is really a lifestyle choice rather a diet. It does not involve calorie counting which was the reason I looked into it when I wanted to lose weight. The more I learned about this lifestyle got me really believing I could do it even at 61. Making lifestyle changes at that age can be daunting but I have proved it can be done.


I lost 56lb over 12 months by changing the foods I was eating. Just because I changed what I was eating didn’t mean I had to lose out on flavour. In fact I would say the food I eat now is more delicious than the junk I was eating before. I still have the odd relapse of course but generally I am much happier making some of the recipes I now eat.

Mediterranean Diet Food List?

If you have ever asked yourself what foods are on a mediterranean diet food list what is the first thing you did? Google it of course. There is an amazing amount of information out there on the subject.

The Mediterranean diet first came to the attention of people in the 1960’s, a report said that people in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea had less deaths due to coronary heart disease than the US and Northern Europe. Countries like Greece, Italy etc.. had a lifestyle and a healthy way of eating that was obviously working for them.

I read somewhere that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthy eating plans recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to promote health and prevent chronic disease. So that should tell you something.

So, what’s a Mediterranean Diet?  There is no set diet here as different countries had there own style of cooking .

Mediterranean Diet Food List

Basically though, eating more vegetables and fruit and cutting back on the red meat is a good place to start. I have added a list of foods below that the people from these countries eat. If you are interested in trying this way of eating here is a guideline.

  • Eat more fruit and vegetables: 5 a day is the well balanced way according to a slogan here in the UK. I have read that others recommend 7 to 10 portions of fruit and veg. I would aim for 5 to start and then increase the amount as you go along.
  • Healthy Fats: Use olive oil in cooking instead of butter. Instead of butter or margarine try dipping your bread in flavoured olive oil. I have 2 spanish guys working with me and I have seen them do this. I personally used low fat cheesy spread instead of butter or margarine.
  • Wholegrains: Simply switch your white bread to wholegrain, the same with pasta as you see wholegrain pasta everywhere in the supermarkets nowadays.
  • Eat Less Meat: Eat fish, poultry or even beans for red meat. If you have to eat red meat go for the less fatty options and watch the portion size.
  • Fish: It is recommended you eat fish at least twice a week. Fatty fish, such as mackerel, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, salmon and trout are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat that may reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Dairy Products: Use the 0% fat greek yoghurt that you can get nowadays, that’s what I use. Also small portions of cheese, some of them out there are delicious. I love cheese as you can tell. Not too much though.
  • Spices:  All types of spices will liven up the flavour of your dishes and take away the need to add a lot of salt. See below for the different types of spices to use in your cooking.

Mediterranean Diet Food List

Here is a list to give you an idea of what type of vegetables and fruit I mean. It is what I added to my diet to lose weight.


  • Aubergine
  • Beets
  • Brocolli
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions
  • Sweetcorn

I recommend having frozen vegetables in the freezer. it meant I could use just the amount I wanted without any waste. Saving money was a factor in this too. Just a suggestion though, if you prefer fresh, go with it.



  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Necterines
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Tangerines
  • Bananas

Tinned fruit is fine, less waste too.


I have read that in the traditional Mediterranean diet the dairy products are full fat. I personally went for the lower fat options.

  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Feta Cheese
  • Ricotta
  • Parmesan
  • Mozzarella

Meat And Poultry

As I said earlier I cut right back on the red meat and poultry to at the most once a week. I also cut out eating processed meat. The mediterranean diet also includes fish a couple of times a week. Oily fish preferably, like mackerel, sardines fresh or canned, anchovies fresh or canned, cod, shrimp. Fish is healthier for you than fatty meats everyone knows that.

Grains And Breads

  • Bread preferably wholegrain
  • Pasta
  • Couscous
  • Rice
  • Egg Pasta
  • Pita Bread

Fats And Nuts

A handful of nuts a day is a good snack, better than crisps and biscuits that’s for sure. So what is recommended.

  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Pine Nuts
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Extra Virgin Oil


  • Lentils
  • White Beans
  • Butter Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Yellow Split Pea
  • Kidney Beans

Mediterranean Diet Food List

Kitchen Cupboard Items

It is advised to have a selection of these items in your kitchen cupboard. These come in handy for making up meals on the go.

  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Tomato Puree(Paste)
  • Capers
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Honey
  • Wine

I also have tins of mixed beans and tuna in case I want to cook a chilli or a pasta bake. Both delicious by the way.

Herbs and Spices

A range of herbs and spices also come in useful to add flavour to your meals.

  • All Spice
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Parsley
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Italian Herbs
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Pepper
  • Sea Salt

I think once you get into the habit of eating this way you will never go back to your old way of eating. It is delicious and healthy, what could be better.

Eggs are also a way to add those extra vegetables into your daily food intake. I have become a frittata expert since cooking for my weight loss. Here is a recipe for you to try and it is delicious.

Mediterranean Diet Food List

I hope this answered your questions on what a mediterranean diet food list looks like? As I said above I used this way of eating to completely change my shape and I am now more full of energy than I have ever been in my adult life. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

If this old guy can do it , you can too. Leave a comment below and let me know your intentions. Are you going to try it? I hope so.