Hi all, as summer's coming I imagine I'm not the only bugger on here trying to shed a stone (or two, in my case), so I thought I'd list off the main reasons cutting diets can fail, and I hope we can get some ideas as to what to do about it;
1) Lack of self-discipline as shown by hedonistic intake - I'm the first culprit here. I just love beer, and it shows. I love chocolate, I love cheat meals ALL weekend. I dream of being able to BULK, for once, though I'm 223 and 18%. It's got to stop.
2) Pressure of work/family etc - if you're stressed out you reach for whatever the hell is at hand, and if finishing your EOM reports means you didn't grill up for the following week, it's going to be bad. Sleep suffers, and working out turns from a thing you look forward to, to something you dread;
3) Lack of ongoing accountability - I think most diets, including those among the civilian population, fail because the individual discipline is weak, and the dieter has nobody who is skilled enough, caring enough and available to enough to enforce the diet. I want someone to slap my face HARD if I fall off the wagon;
4) Lack of calorie counting through ignorance - this is one I myself only conquered a couple of years ago after a LONG time hitting weights. There are thousands of guys out there who know NOTHING about nutrition, don't know what a carb is, and will just pump iron between eating pizza for breakfast, and ice cream for brunch.
What to do about it?
Well in my case, I need that first big drop as motivation; that first inch and a half that comes off my gut at the end of Week 1, and use that as momentum. I'll know on Friday.