This Diet Mistake Can Cause Rapid Weight Gain

Gabe Johansson
2 min readNov 30, 2023

Last year, I talked with someone who would try all kinds of different diets from the Mediterranean to the anti-inflammatory to even something as wild and crazy as the smoothie diet…

And after years of trying these various diets, they ended up gaining all the weight back and then some once they gave up.

Unfortunately, it’s an all-too-common story.

But fortunately, through years of experience I’ve uncovered both the problem and the solution.

The problem with these diets is this…

Even though there’s nothing particularly wrong with the ideas behind each methodology, smoothie diet notwithstanding, most people run them too aggressively.

And the tricky part is they usually don’t even know it.

For example, let’s say a busy retail worker who lifts weights 3 times per week burns 2,800 calories per day.

But their diet of choice only ends up being 1,800 daily calories…

The truth is, it’ll work.

It’ll work real well…

…until it doesn’t.

Shorting your body 1,000 calories per day is not a long term strategy and causes a whole lotta unnecessary mental strain.

This hypothetical retail worker will struggle through each day and discover weird food cravings they wouldn’t have otherwise.

And before you know it, they give up on the diet entirely and claim it doesn’t work.

Then they go back to their old ways in full force and gain back any weight lost and usually more.

Sure, there are exceptions to this aggressive dieting approach…

Back in early 2015, I did a 1k calorie defict for 8 weeks, but it was only to trim up a bit since I was already relatively lean.

All I can say is “would not recommend.”

And that led me to the diet solution…

Instead of cutting out entire food groups, eating tiny meals, or completely restricting what you eat, simply track your calories and eat whatever diet style you choose.



Gabe Johansson

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