Despite the fact that there is more information available on weight loss than any other time in history, we are still seeing a rise in obesity. All the information available to us doesn’t seem to be having any impact on the mistakes people are making on a daily basis. Unfortunately these mistakes are resulting in complete failure to lose weight. So what are the top 3 mistakes and how can we avoid them
“Over the top Dieters”
Over the top dieters have a habit of choosing a diet that is very strict and requires a will of iron to keep it going. An example of a strict diet is the grapefruit diet, which may promise the earth re weight loss but is unrealistic when it comes to sticking to it for any length of time. Other diets may also restrict certain foods and demand 100% adherence. This too is set to fail. We need to remember that we are all human and it is ok to diet 90% of the time and to have lapses 10% of the time. Being the perfect dieter is unrealistic and inevitably ends up in binge eating and total failure.
It is important to remember that no matter how much weight you need to lose, you need to choose a diet that you can stick to, not only for the duration of your diet but also for life. The diet for life may not need to be as restrictive as the initial diet but it will need to be significantly different from the diet that has made you overweight
Dieters who are martyrs to the cause
Mindset is at least 75% of your diet. If you are feeling sorry for yourself and feeling badly done to because of your restricted diet you need to change your mindset. If you see your diet as a positive challenge to not only lose weight but to improve your health you will have a better chance of success. You also need to include the occasional treat to give yourself a boost or maybe a pat on the back for sticking to your diet the majority of the time
Unclear Goal Setting
Very often people embark on a diet without a clear idea of what they are aiming to achieve. Just wanting to lose weight often isn’t enough. Before you start on any weight loss plan make sure you are clear how much you want to lose and by when. You will need long term and short term goals. Be realistic, and don’t expect to lose too much too quickly. Weight lost slowly with a sensible well balanced diet is more likely to be maintained than one that promises the earth. Be prepared for the fact that some weeks you may plateau whereas other weeks you may lose more than you expected. It is also a good idea to take your measurements as this can often be a more accurate assessment of the true results you are achieving.
If you are committed to achieving your goal permanently it might help you to view your journey as one to improved health, after all very few people who are overweight or obese have no related health problems. Don’t be down hearted if you have a bad day or too, just resolve to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.