The word diet has new meaning for me since my diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. I now look at the foods I eat more for how they will affect my blood sugar and less for weight loss. But, let’s face it, most of us could stand to lose a few pounds and that would also help with our glucose control.

Diets are often looked upon as a short-term way to lose some weight. A better way to look at what we’re eating is to have a long-term strategy for optimum health. So, how can we succeed when we’re trying to change how we eat? This article pinpoints five common reasons why diets fail and what we can do to change that.

Reasons Your Diet Won't Work

When a change to your food plan is drastic or too restrictive it can make you feel awful. You may experience lack of energy, headaches, irritability and digestive upset. You may not be eating enough calories or cutting back your portions too drastically. Consider adjusting your portion size and adding healthy snacks to your day.

Dieting does not have to mean that you’re hungry. In fact, excessive hunger indicates an imbalance in your diet. Be sure to eat lean protein and plenty of healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and extra virgin olive oil. This will help keep you satisfied longer.

Be sure to include small indulgences to avoid severe cravings.

Don’t let well-meaning friends ruin your determination. Try to avoid socializing around food but when that’s impossible, stick to your guns and kindly explain why you’re determined to stick to your food plan.

Emotional eating is a diet nightmare! Plan ahead for those times when you turn to food to soothe your mood. Take a walk or practice yoga. Remind yourself that caving in to food when you’re feeling low won’t solve anything.