If there’s one common element among people who’ve successfully lost weight and kept it off, it’s that they made a “lifestyle change.” It may sound cliché, but this usually includes combination of controlling portions, limiting unhealthy foods in favor of healthier ones, and identifying environmental and emotional triggers that lead to overeating.
Many diets don’t lead to such lifestyle changes—including crazy fad diets—because they’re simply hard to maintain long-term, or even after you’ve reached your goal weight. If you’re deciding between different weight-loss routes, vet yours against this list of signs that your diet may be setting you up for failure.
Bad diet: It’s a total 180 from the way you currently eat.
A diet that doesn’t fit your needs or everyday life is the epitome of a bad diet. Can’t imagine a Sunday dinner without roasted meat as a centerpiece of the meal? Then choosing a vegetarian or vegan plan will be harder for you to follow. Know you won’t be able to spend more than 15 minutes preparing dinner on hectic weeknights? A diet that’s heavy on home cooking may become frustrating before long. “If [it’s] incompatible with your lifestyle, the chances are slim you’ll stick with it,” says Today nutritionist Joy Bauer, RD. Make sure you know the 7 signs that you’re not eating enough protein in your diet.