Why Your Diet is Failing
There are more than a few reasons why your diet could be failing you. A friend of mine came to me telling me he cut out soda and sugar, but he is pissed..no PISSED because he has not lost any weight! The only changes he noticed are that he is irritable, hungry and tired all the time. This friend had drank maybe 8-10 cans of coke daily for as long as I had known him, and I am sure for many years before I met him as well. Why on earth is he suffering withdrawals while experiencing no noticeable improvements?
After I asked him what he eats, when he eats, his activity and sleep routines it became clear exactly what the problem was.
In his mind, cutting out approximately 1,400 calories, a day should mean he loses fat. I can understand why he would think that, but not necessarily. Cutting out other sugars was a big step too, and could even cut another 1,400 calories a day, which means in two days he could lose over two pounds of fat. After adding up the math, it is perfectly reasonable to understand his confusion.
Here is what he was doing wrong, not eating enough, and also not eating often enough. The quality of calories and nutrients were poor as well, but some may argue that is irrelevant. My friend was eating about 700-1000 calories less per day than he should have been eating, which meant his body was in starvation mode. When your body thinks it is starving it will hold onto calories as fat, whenever possible, rather than using it for energy. That coupled with the fact that his energy and nutrient needs were not being met contributed to his lethargy. His too low-calorie diet was making him tired and fat.
Cutting out the soda and sugar was a fantastic step, but he then began to starve himself. It is important that you do not simply replace bad habits with more bad habits. You can hire a professional, or you can create a diet yourself, but either way you should do your research.