I tried to lose weight several times before I finally managed to drop 30 pounds over 12 years ago. It doesn’t always work on the first go and the reason why you fail may elude you. However, it is likely due to one or more of the following weight loss mistakes that people tend to make and which you have to avoid.
10 Weight Loss Mistakes To Avoid
You Give Up Too Soon
Some people don’t really fail to lose weight. They simply give up, often when success is just around the corner. They may be losing weight, but it’s not fast enough. They want to lose 10 pounds in a week and aren’t satisfied when it takes a month or two. They think that something is going wrong or that they’re simply not able to lose all the weight they wish to shed.
Don’t give up too soon. Realize that this is a process which requires time, commitment and patience. As long as you’re losing weight, you should continue. Don’t worry about how fast it goes.
You Go On Crash Diets
As people are eager to lose weight fast, they often go to extremes. This is how crash diets come to be and using them may be a huge mistake that you’ll regret.
Crash diets are very low calorie plans which aim to get you to drop a good number of pounds due to the big calorie deficit which their meager menu creates. However, these are not the kinds of plans that you can stick to for long.
Crash diets are counterproductive as the low calorie consumption may slow your metabolism which, once you resume normal eating, will lead to a fast weight gain. You’re not really making any long term change in your habits, so the chances that you’ll go back to your former eating habits are high. This is a short-term solution at best and not a good one at that.
You Take it Easy On Yourself
It’s no secret: losing weight is hard work. One of the biggest weight loss mistakes that you can make is to take it easy on yourself. If this happens, you may think that you’re supposed to lose weight when you haven’t really earned it yet.
You may be taking it easy on yourself in two ways:
- You don’t watch your diet as carefully as you should. You eat too much and of the wrong things.
- You don’t give it your all at the gym. It’s not enough to do a workout. It has to be intense and challenging. This is how you burn off fat.
You Throw Money At It
You can’t buy your way thin. If you spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on machines such as the Ab Circle Pro or Total Core or on diet pills or fancy supplements in the hope that they will somehow be the solution to your weight issues, you’re sadly mistaken.
Weight loss is about education, changing your habits, working out more and eating healthier. These are all things that require work, not a lot of money. Equipment and supplements can certainly help, but they can’t be your primary tool.
You Drink Too Many Calories
Your drinks may be what’s keeping you from losing weight. Drinks are the perfect calorie trap: you hardly notice them, they can contain a lot of calories, and many of them don’t even make you feel full. Despite their liquid state, drinks may contribute thousands of weekly calories to your diet, easily killing off any calorie deficit you may have had. Stick to water as much as possible. Lay off alcoholic beverages and juices.
You Don’t Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is underrated in today’s hectic world. People are always trying to find ways to sleep less and have more waking hours. This is inadvisable if you’re trying to lose weight. The reason is that numerous studies have proven the direct link between sufficient sleep and weight loss. Even a short-term sleep deficit can slow down any weight loss process. Sleep is healthy in many ways, so make sure you get enough of it.
You Let Other People Get You Down
Being able to lose weight successfully requires a great deal of motivation. You must be able to avoid the people in your life who create a negative atmosphere around you and bring you down. You have to ignore those people, even if their loved ones, who belittle your efforts, ridicule your goals and doubt your chances of success. You can change your body and you mustn’t let anyone else lead you to believe otherwise.
You Eat Too Much
You need a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. To achieve this deficit you need to eat less calories than you burn. If you eat too much, you will never lose weight. The problem is that overeating can be a mistake that you make without even realizing it.
For instance, if you eat in front of the TV, you’re more likely to overeat. If you eat out of the box or on a bigger plate a similar thing can happen. You need to gain control over the amount of food that you eat. You don’t need to count every single calorie, but you must keep your total intake to a reasonable level, to give yourself the chance to burn off sufficient calories with exercise and an active lifestyle.
You Train Too Hard
There is such a thing as being overzealous at the gym. You can do too much for your own good. It’s called overtraining and it can lead to negative results.
Overtraining is a condition which results from too many workouts and too little rest in between. You’re not giving your body the time to recover from your training sessions and it becomes weaker as a result. It’s important to listen to your body and be attentive to its needs. You don’t need to be exhausted for your workouts to be effective.
You’re Not Active Enough
Working out is important, but what you do during the rest of your day can make a big difference in the amount of calories that you burn. There are ways to burn calories without exercising and you need to take full advantage of them. The more calories you burn with non-exercise activities, the easier it will be to lose weight. If you’re not active enough outside of your workouts, then you’re missing out.
I hope that you’re not guilty of these 10 weight loss mistakes. If you are, now is the time to correct them.