With the level of high value weight loss information around at the moment, you’d feel folks would know better than to make the same, age old mistakes, over and over. Now, we’re not looking at those slight indiscretions, like that piece of chocolate you just couldn’t refuse, but the huge mistake that caused the undoing of all your solid efforts to-date. Spotting these errors in time, and acting upon it, is what will help you hit your diet aim.
The Dieter Who Has An ‘All or Nothing’ Attitude
All or nothing people trying to lose weight will habitually select a complicated weight loss plan that is virtually impossible for them to sustain. Taking it all literally, they possess almost certainly binned any foods in their cupboards which is not a part of the diet. They are aspiring to be the ideal dieter, and so they will be, for one day, three days, seven days or even a couple of weeks. It is bound to happen, however, that for some cause or other, they drift from the path, just the one time. As a result, they believe the entire diet plan to be a letdown, and that’s the end of it. They go to the nearest store and buy all the things that went into the rubbish last week and go on to gain back all the weight that they lost, as swiftly as possible.
If you recognize yourself as being this type of dieter, you need to ask yourself this. Am I really serious about losing weight for good, or do I plan to just lose a few, but put them straight back on again after? If you want to dodge this error, plan for stable weight loss, not rushed. Steadily introduce healthy food, substituting less healthy meals with comparable, but less damaging ones
The next most frequent error (remarkably similar to the former) is to consider your diet a period of favorite-food-sacrifice. Not allowing yourself even a piece of what you like most while you diet can also prove costly. So, you had an excellent diet plan that helped you get your desired weight, but what comes next? Well, as a result of completely excluding all the foods you like, you’ve not given your system an opportunity to wean itself off the ‘really tasty’ food you’re used to, so when you eventually try some (it’s inevitable…) you are far more likely to go overboard with it. In the long run, you are going to be better off keeping a bit of what you are used to enjoying, rather than omitting them entirely. And yes, that does include chocolate!
Setting yourself realistic targets is essential in any weight loss program. Put simply, your goals should be crystal clear, achievable and, preferably, put down in black and white. Though you may have your ideal weight in your mind, it might just be too much (and too daunting) to aim straight for that. It would be far better (and more achievable) to aim for, say, a couple of weight a week for 6 weeks, then a pound a week from then on – now that sounds easier already. Some weeks you will lose more and some less, some weeks you might even gain, but if you track your progress on a graph you will see that ups and downs are natural and do not stop you progressing steadily toward your major goal.
If you have been making these mistakes, do not worry. Just put it behind you and move forwards positively. It’s important that you learn from your errors and don’t give up as a result of them. 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 less others. Learn to like food in moderation and you have every chance of avoiding these bad diet mistakes.
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