People trying to lose weight often make the biggest dieting mistakes.
Often it is the result of the wrong mindset. Because losing weight sounds like you have to give something up.
When it comes to dieting there are many mistakes that are made on a near daily basis. While there are many real profound mistakes that go along with the territory there are a few that seem to have far more profound and lasting implications than others.
Hopefully, by learning about these mistakes you can learn to avoid them in your own weight loss pursuits.
Adopting an all or nothing attitude is the single biggest mistake dieters make.
They start an almost impossible regimen to maintain. And once it ends, it becomes difficult to maintain the body weight goal they established.
Many people clear out the “bad” food from their pantries and refrigerators. Removing the temptation helps maintain focus on eating healthy foods.
A strict regimen may work for some in the short term. But it sets them up for failure, frustration, and ill will towards the entire dieting process.
The important thing when it comes to losing weight is establishing a reasonable goal. Your goal is to shed a specific number of pounds. There are many ways to lose weight without starving or punishing yourself.
Another big mistake is selecting a plan where you eat the same thing every day.
It is difficult to maintain consistency in our eating habits if there is no variety. Despite our human desire for structure, we enjoy changing our routines on occasion.
You should have variety in the foods you eat. Because foods have different nutritional values. It is important to get all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals the body requires. A limited diet will not have a nutritional balance.
Depriving yourself of everything you enjoy is another common mistake.
I, as well as many others, often forget the importance of moderation. There is nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence. If you are eating healthy, acheiving your goals, then reward yourself!
Do not forget to enjoy food for the sake of dieting. There is nothing wrong or sinful about enjoying food. The problem lies when you enjoy only the wrong sorts of foods.
You should also avoid the mistake of not setting healthy eating goals.
Goals should be realistic. While I have a specific weight loss goal, I also have a desire to change lifestyle as well.
Those who set aggressive goals will see the greatest degree of success. Making goals public and asking for support also helps you achieve greater success. This is one reason the Weight Watchers program has enjoyed the phenomenal success it has.
The final mistake is giving up on eating healthy.
We all have setbacks along the way. But quitting means having to start over.
Often those with the greatest success had failures along the way. But creating a healthy lifestyle and losing unwanted pounds are worthy goals.
Sometimes life gets in the way. It did for me. But I am back on track.
You may get side tracked, but you can set new goals. You may have had a bad day or even a bad week. But do not let this defeat your desires to become a healthier you.
Learn to overcome those mistakes and move on from them.
Let your failures teach you as much as your successes do. And you should be well on your way to the healthier, happier person that you know is hiding inside.
A healthy person has healthy eating habits and doesn’t starve him or herself. Nor does a healthy person binge on things that aren’t healthy. They have avoided the biggest dieting mistakes ever.
Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you should be well on your way to the success you seek.