There are plenty of resources on weight loss on the internet, yet many people still make the same diet mistakes over and over again. When we say mistakes, we are not talking about the occasional slip-ups when you ate a slice of pizza or have a larger portion of cheesecake which is not part of your diet plan. We are talking about big mistakes which lead to failure to lose the weight you have set out to lose. Understanding these mistakes helps you to keep your weight loss plan on track.
3 major weight loss mistakes
- 1. The Attitude of Sacrifice
It is a very common mistake to view your diet as a sacrifice where you have to abstain from the food you love. You may be on your way to achieving your weight loss goal, but what next after you have reached your target weight? As long as you have not learnt the concept of healthy eating and moderation during the course of your diet, you are likely to go out of control and be back at where you started. It is more practical to take baby steps to change your eating habits so that you can stick to your weight loss plan. Include a bit of everything in your diet in small quantities, even that means having your favourite blueberry cheesecake.
- 2. The All or Nothing Attitude
More often than not, many dieters tend to make this mistake. They started a diet plan out of impulse, often choosing a plan which is complicated and difficult to follow. They start to cut meals and throw away all the ‘unfit’ food in the kitchen. They want to be the perfect dieter. They can probably start off perfectly, but for how long? One day? Three days? Or even one week? Then something snapped and their diet is ruined. They go to the store and stuff in all the garbage they throw out last week and quickly gain back more then they started off.
- 3. Failing To Set a Goal
Setting a goal is very important in any weight loss plan. Your weight loss goal should be clear and realistic. It should be written out clearly. A useful goal would be to lose two pounds a week in the first 5 weeks, followed by one pound a week after that. Some weeks you will lose more, some less. You may even gain in some weeks. But if you keep track of your progress, then you are more motivated to stick to your goal and see a steady progression.
If you have made one or more of these mistakes, do not worry and give up your diet plan. The most important thing is to realise your mistake and learn how to rectify your weight loss plan and move on. Do not give up. The only way to achieve your goal permanently is to make a commitment to become a healthier person. Remember that eating normally includes eating more some days and fewer others. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you have every chance of avoiding these bad diet mistakes.