This week’s episode discusses the 5 Common Diet Pitfalls That Are Keeping You From Losing Weight (as a DIYer). It’s no secret that losing weight can be hard. It’s one of the hardest things you can do. But what might surprise you is that oftentimes, the very thing preventing you from dropping those last few pounds is something you’re doing to yourself. Here are five common diet pitfalls that could prevent you from reaching your weight loss goals. Are any of these holding you back? Listen to find out!



In full transparency, I’m pretty sure I’ve done all of these at some point – but that doesn’t have to be the case for you! If you’re going at this (or any!) journey (mostly) alone – it’s important to avoid these success killing habits!


Ok, Hear me on this… You will never dabble your way to success. EVER. A lot of people wait for proven results before they actually commit to doing what it takes to achieve those results. They have one foot in the door and one foot out, researching for a faster way and never fully committing to the current thing.

Dissecting The Data Prematurely

These DIY dieters typically don’t fully understand the difference between correlation and causation, so they don’t know how to read/assess data without forming an identity or false assumption about themselves. They tend to attach unnecessary meaning and identity to data. For example, they equate being carb bloated to possibly having a gluten intolerance and can no longer eat carbs if they want to lose weight. When you don’t know how to dissect data properly, this can lead to excessive, extreme, and INCORRECT “conclusion jumping” – deciding that it’s “too hard” or “not working”.

Detachment From Current Lifestyle

DIY dieters tend to compartmentalize their weight loss journey, making it nearly impossible to ever actually stick with it. When you compartmentalize, you’re more likely to allow an “overhaul mentality” to sink in. Meaning to you, it seems completely reasonable to suddenly remove 13 things from your diet, eat 100% organic/raw/paleo/keto/vegan, start a 6-day/week exercise routine, and get 12 hours of sleep/night. Here’s the thing – Physique goals cannot be created in a vacuum or separated from your LIFE goals, priorities, and preferences. It needs to be sustainable otherwise, it’s a setup for failure.

Downplaying Your REAL Goals

Those DIYers tend to be too vague about or flat-out deny wanting what they want. For example, saying “I just want to be fit” when you ACTUALLY want to go from a size 26 to a size 6, is denying your goal. Focusing on weight loss, when you really want to quit your job and travel the world is downplaying your goal. No matter what you really want, precious time is wasted executing the WRONG strategy for your goals which keeps you feeling STUCK.

DIYing Any and Everything

I know it’s hard, but sometimes you need to know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. Just because you CAN do something alone doesn’t mean you should. Wanting to do it all yourself leads to not valuing your own time and priorities, by underestimating the amount of time that passes while you’re experimenting/trying to “figure it out.” There’s no pride in running yourself ragged to DIY everything, especially if the stress from it sabotages your results, costing you more in the long run, and eats up the precious time that you could be doing stuff that actually matters to YOU.

Now that we have scratched the surface of these pitfalls, I highly encourage you to listen for a more in-depth look into them. Are you “guilty” of any of these things? I know I am…

Here’s a sneak peek into today’s episode…

> [1:09] 5 Common Pitfalls Of DIYers.
> [3:44] Dabbling Until Discouraged
> [8:09] Dissecting Data Prematurely
> [15:14] Detachment From Current Lifestyle
> [23:48] Downplaying / Denying Your Goods
> [37:40] DIYing Any and Everything
> [50:20] Diet Mentality Shows Up In Everyday Life

Click Here to Listen To This Week’s Podcast

About The Diet Rebel Podcast
This podcast is for you if you are a woman who hates having to choose between loving your body and changing it. In this podcast, we talk about everything from loving your body exactly as it is now to becoming the fittest, leanest. Most toned you’ve ever been – no matter HOW old you are, how many tiny humans you’ve birthed, or how many times you’ve lost & regained the same (15 or 50!) lbs! Seriously, you don’t want to miss it! So grab a snack, preferably protein based (lol), sit back, and enjoy the Diet Rebel podcast. Brought to you by Eat More 2 Weigh Less @
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