Dashing Into Results: The mistakes we make when starting a new diet.

We all have struggles waking up in the morning, looking into the mirror, searching for any sign of change. The first thing we question is if this new diet is working after weighing in. There are a lot of expectations we have of dieting and those expectations can be our downfall. Here are some of the mistakes we make when starting a new diet.

1. We expect to see changes in the first two weeks.

When we start a new healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise, we are very good about disciplining ourselves for those first two weeks, sometimes extending it beyond a month. However, once we see little to no change after the first month, depending how big you are, the results can be discouraging. 

It will just seem as if it will take forever to reach your goal weight, but like a race, you will always have a slow start and then a fast finish. So instead of having a goal of when you want to lose the weight by, create a realistic short-term goal of how much weight you could see yourself losing. 

2. We give up everything we love that’s “bad” for us.

Anyone knows this to be true that when you start a new diet, you give up all your favorite fried foods first, then all forms of sugar, and afterwards anything that makes you bloat; like bread, alcohol, soda, and sometimes gum. It is as if depravity is the soul of being fit.

 The problem with this way of thinking is that we set high expectations for ourselves and crash hard when we relapse, indulging even more than when we started the diet. There are some diets that allow you to eat your favourite foods from time to time (like Cheat Your Way Thin), so that you can gradually transition into a healthier lifestyle. However, take it one step at a time and remind yourself why you are giving up these foods to begin with.

3. We take on too much at the same time.

In addition to giving up foods deemed as bad for you, have you ever started a diet with a strict workout regiment? Most of us have been there where we try to dance with diet and exercise at the same time. The problem is one is doing the polka, while the other is doing the harlem shake and finding a balance between the two is exhausting on the body.

 The body is still trying to adjust to the new changes in your diet. The mind may understand right away what is bad for you, but the body still needs time to readjust. So when you create a diet and exercise routine for yourself, it should be according to how fast your body can adjust and adapt as opposed to your mind. The best thing you can do for yourself is consult your doctor to see which diet and exercise routine will work best for you. This is to prevent you from making the mistake of taking on a routine made for a different body type.

4. We praise our diet before seeing any real changes.

How many times have you heard people raving about their new vegan diet or joining the Paleo nation. We have a tendency to praise our new diet within the first month, because we “feel” the changes. However, how do we know that those “feelings” of change are genuine? When we say our diets out loud, especially to our friends and family, we set high expectations for ourselves to maintain that diet.

 Like giving advice, people only want to hear it when they ask for it, so only tell people about your new diet if they are generally interested. We have to treat our new diet like our goals, something personal that you share only when you reach the finish line or made a personal achievement.  People will be more inspired by the change it has made in your life, rather than the change you want to implement on others.

5. We forget to weigh in everyday. 

Being on a new diet is like starting a new project or growing a plant, you adjust your schedule and routine to accommodate that new change in your life. And like any project or plant, you check on it daily to make sure it is growing nicely, tending and nurturing it. What makes plants grow successfully is the amount of attention and dedication we give to them. Building the habit of weighing yourself daily allows you to monitor your weight’s progress. This helps in choosing what diet works best for you, because of the changes and progression you see over time. 

6. We don’t take on partners in the struggle.

A lot of times when we start a new diet, we do it alone. We want to achieve success on our own and fail alone, so that no one else is privy to our failures. However, success is a team effort; reaching the top is easier when you have a great support system. 

Whether it is your virtual partner giving you visual motivation or a diet community that is rooting for you in your darkest hour, not having a support system or partner makes the struggle for weight loss so much harder.  Finding someone or a group that understands you is not only motivating for your health, but your success in weight loss. Will power comes from great motivation, which you can find amongst your peers.

7. We neglect to do a proper background check of our diet.

The Huffington Post released a report about the best and worst diets of 2015. While we saw a lot of praise for diets like the Mayo Clinic diet or The DASH diet, diets that promoted a shift from pre-packaged foods to nomadic like Paleo and Atkins got a low grade. It is not that these diets were not healthy or effective in weight loss, but they were not practical enough or difficult for most people to adhere to. For example, as much attention and notoriety the Paleo diet has been getting in 2014, experts are finding that the diet only makes sense if you are a nomad, because of its strict diet of wild game or organic meat and produce. 

It is hard to apply that same type of diet using the resources we have today. It may have worked for our ancestors, but definitely works differently for the modern age of hunting and gathering. Finding out about a diet through word of mouth is not enough to justify trying that diet. The best way to research a diet is consulting your local physician. They not only know your file inside out, but can give you a referral to a dietician or the best resources of diets that could work for you. 

8. We don’t take into account the budget of our new diet.

We need to take into account how much our new diet is going to cost us. After all, most people who are on a new diet are not single and living alone, so we have to take a look at how this diet can work into our food budget. You do not want a good diet to end simply because you cannot afford it anymore. Take meal plans for example. They are great, because they control your portion sizes, incorporate all the essential food groups, and conveniently fit into your busy schedule. The problem with a meal plan is that they can be quite expensive, some going as high as $5,000 annually! 

Your meal plan should not cost more than your gym membership. The same goes for being on a lean meat diet. Meat like wild salmon and sirloin steak is good on special occasions, but eating it everyday can prove costly. Finding a diet that can balance your budget will not only make your wallet happy, but give you peace of mind knowing that you can continue without stopping. 

9. We tend to eat the same portions on the new diet. 

One of the problems of being on a new diet is that we bring our old habits to the new diet, one of them being our portion sizes. Anyone who exercises regularly or trains on a team knows how much calories one can take in a day. You can be so ferociously hungry after a workout. The same goes for anyone who has built the habit of eating large meals throughout the day.  No matter what the food is, whether you are living an active or sedentary lifestyle, the amount you eat has an affect on your weight gain or loss. It is like the saying goes, ” Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” You will eat according to how hungry you feel.

 It is good to break the routine eating by being aware of how much you eat of a a certain food group and drinking more water before a meal. The USDA  has created a website called Choose My Plate that calculates the portions of food groups necessary to help control your weight. Now you can eat properly knowing an exact measurement of how much you should eat according to your body type and lifestyle.

10. We are already looking at another diet.

How many times have we started a new diet only to be tired of it and ready to start the next one. There is always a new diet coming out and as tempting as it may be to switch to the latest one, if we do not create a routine for ourself, we will never be able to maintain a structure in our weight loss plan. It takes a diet over a month to take into effect with your body, so by switching to a new or different diet, you are not allowing your body the time it needs to adjust to that diet. 

Just like watching a developing storyline or character on a new T.V. show, you need to give your diet a chance to understand what you like and do not like about it. Eventually, you will grow used to the diet. Once you have grown accustomed to the diet, the weight will fall off easily, because you will have built a routine for yourself based on that diet. If after three months or more you are not satisfied with the diet, then you can look into a new diet that includes all the things you liked about your previous diet. This is a way to give the current diet a real chance, learning from your experience and not having to identify yourself as a serial dieter. 

Dieting in 2015. The Diets You Need to Know More About!

Summer is fast approaching and for those who are maintaining their diets, congratulations on not giving up on your goal and taking the right steps towards a healthier you. However, for those who gave up on their diet (or have not even started one) you may find that choosing a diet is just as much of a struggle as being on one. 

This week we found four diets that are making a name for themselves in 2015. In each of these diets, we noticed the trend of ditching processed food and carbs in favor of more whole grains, lean meats, fruits, and veggies. Let’s take a look at some of the diets that are trending in 2015.

Paleo Diet

the Paleo diet was made popular in 2014, people are still curious as to what it is. Do you eat like a cavemen? Are you only limited to raw food? The Paleo diet is based on the concept of eating like a nomad, incorporating more fruits, nuts, lean meats and veggies as opposed to processed packaged meals. 

What separates this diet from the rest?

Since this diet focuses on staying away from processed foods, it encourages dieters to eliminate foods such as refined sugar, bread, pasta, dairy products, and anything our nomadic ancestors did not have access to.

 A lot of the foods prohibited make up most people’s diets and being on a Paleo diet can be discouraging and expensive if you do not know what to cook. 

Luckily, the experts and advocates of the Paleo diet have come up with many cookbooks to guide new challengers on their journey to weight loss. You can find simple recipes that are easy to make in under 20 minutes! 


The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or the DASH diet is another diet that encourages users to eat more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, while cutting back on salt, fat, and sugar. The purpose of this diet is to combat high blood pressure and hypertension, while building a healthy cholesterol.

What separates this diet from the rest?

The DASH diet’s claim to fame is that it was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The diet tries to determine what your calorie intake should be based on your age and fitness level. 

In addition to determining where your source of calories should come from, it encourages you to decrease to the point of eliminate your salt intake from your diet. 

Salt is a known source for high blood pressure, hypertension, and weight gain. By making a habit of using less salt and more whole grains, vegetables and fruits in your daily routine, you will be able to make a DASH to your weight loss goal in no time!

Mediterranean Diet

There must be something in the water, because the next diet on this list has everyone going back to their Mediterranean roots. The Mediterranean diet looks at the diet of countries living along the mediterranean border like Greece, Italy, Spain, and south of France. What all these countries have in common is that they incorporate more fish, beans, and olive oil into their diet, with the occasional glass of wine. 

What separates this diet from the rest?

This diet does not focus on calorie intake, it instead encourages users to eat more fish-based dishes and less red meat. 

Drinking red wine in moderation is a bonus, since wine has been proven to lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.

The Mediterranean diet is one of the tastier diets, because of its use of herbs and seasonings in the in their recipes.

It does not deprive you of your favourite foods, but instead suggests saving foods like red meat and sweets for special occasions. By maintaining this diet, you will be on the right track to having a body of a Greek goddess!

The Mayo Clinic Diet                                        

The Mayo Clinic diet provides a systematic way to lose weight. Their unique pyramid emphasizes the importance of having fruits and veggies in your diet.

This encourages users to actually alternate their favourite sweets with fruitier options. The Mayo Clinic diet also provides a step-by-step guide to help users stay on track with their diet. The purpose of this diet is to replace your bad eating habits with good ones.

What separates this diet from the rest?

The Mayo diet claims that in the first two weeks, you will shed 6-10 pounds with their two part diet. This first part called “Lose It” focuses on evaluating your eating and exercise behaviours without the use of counting calories. 

This is the disciplinary stage of your diet; breaking old habits. You can indulge in fruits and vegetables, because this is the stage where you start to build a healthy diet.

The second stage, referred to as “Live It”, is the stage where you learn to make a routine of your new healthy habits. In this stage, you start to measure your calorie intake determining the amount of calories you will eat on a daily basis. You want to focus on portion size and having healthy eating patterns, do that and you will be writing a success story in no time!

Think some diets were missing from the list? Write in the comments what diets you found success with this year.

Alyssa, From Model My Diet

5 Weight Loss Products To Help You Get In Shape This Summer

Summer is creeping up on us and here at Model My Diet, we took a look at some of the weight loss products that have dieters creating their own success stories. They are not guaranteed to make you lose weight, but they do make losing weight fun, motivating, and rewarding. Take a look at the five products dieters are using this summer!

Fitbit Bracelet

The Fitbit bracelet is the latest in health and fitness technology, it is a bracelet that tracks your movements. Simple to use and a great way to monitor your exercise and sleep patterns. Whether you are taking a nice walk or working out with friends, this handy device will track and monitor every one of your movements.

Part of the benefits of using the Fitbit is that it is bluetooth enabled, so you can sync the data with any of the latest smart phones, in addition to syncing it to your computer. Using the Fitbit app on your phone allows you to update and track your progress. What is even more useful is that you can examine your sleep activity and compare it to your daily routines.

A Digital or Smart Scale

We have all seen scales before, the flat square contraptions we place in our bathrooms to weigh ourselves daily. Well, companies like Withings and Eat Smart are trying to make weighing in fun and easy with their line of digital and smart scales. These scales are easier to read and some of them can be synced with your phone or computer.

We frustrate ourselves trying to squint at the accuracy of the pedometer, questioning if we are X amount of pounds that day or is the scale broken. The digital scales are great for giving accurate measurements and are easy to read, and the smart scales are blue tooth enable, so that you can connect the data for that day to your phone or computer. Weighing in with your model will be so convenient with a digital scale, because you will get the most accurate results!


Dumbbells are one of those tools that we have seen everywhere, whether at the gym or grocery store. They go between two and ten pound weights or higher. They are mostly used for toning your upper body, mainly your arms and chest, and there are so many simple exercises you can perform using dumbbells.

You may or may not have them, but if you don’t, they are definitely handy to have around the house. Dumbbells encourage unilateral exercises, so that your limb’s muscles stay even. Plus, if you are mostly exercising from home, you will notice that most of the home workouts require dumbbells.

Waist Trimmer Belt

Think of a waist trimmer as a new age corset, but instead of it constricting your stomach, it is made to help support your back and improve your posture. The waist trimmer is one of the latest products being used among workout gurus, because of its benefits, as seen above.

Although the tag line for this product is that it helps you “shed excess water weight”, the waist trimmer has other more practical uses that are related to weight loss. For example, it builds heat in your body activating your muscles for a good workout. It will make you more aware of your weight, acting as a motivator to shed the excess pounds. You may start to feel the difference and a little more confident in your waist trimmer; seeing your progress, shape, and comfort due to a good exercise and diet plan!

Body Tape Measure

More women are starting to revert back to one of the original methods for checking their measurements; the body tape measure. Using a body tape measure daily helps you meet your ideal goal for your figure. Treat your tape measure like a scale by creating a set of measurements you want for your body, checking in weekly or daily.

A body tape measure acts as motivation for your bust, hips, and waistline. Unlike a scale where it gives you a summary of your progress, a tape measure allows you to check your progress for each part of your body. This can make you more aware of the shape you want and what exercises or eating habits you need to improve to get there!

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