95% of diets fail. It’s a staggering statistic, I know, but the research clearly shows the majority of dieters regain lost weight within two to five years. Two-thirds of these people even settle at a weight higher than their starting point. Plain and simple, dieting is a predictor of weight GAIN not loss. How is this possible? Energy deficit from dietary restriction sets us up to feel deprived. Over time our body increases hunger and cravings around food in an attempt to ensure we are nourished properly. In many cases this leads to a cycle of restriction and overeating or bingeing. Dieting repeatedly over years will evoke further changes. Your body will interpret this process as intermittent famine and will induce metabolic changes to maintain fat stores and reduce energy expenditure. This makes the goal of weight loss even less likely. We also know dieting is linked to other negative outcomes like food and body preoccupation, reduced self esteem, and distraction from more valuable health goals.
You didn’t fail the diet through lack of willpower; the diet failed to understand basic physiology