How to Avoid Common Weight Loss Mistakes
Going on a diet is challenging, no thanks to various weight loss myths that have been mistaken for truth.
Continue reading to discover things that you shouldn’t do when on a diet plan:
- Weighing yourself too many times - If you are like most people struggling to lose weight, you want to see results that justify your hard work. You may find yourself habitually weighing yourself every hour on the hour because you tell yourself you need a reason to keep going. The truth is, on a healthy diet plan, you can only expect to lose about 1-2 pounds per week. And your body is going to need some time to show these results. Avoid getting into the habit of weighing yourself every day. Instead, space out your weigh-ins (every 1-2 weeks) and reassess your diet and exercise plans in order to make some adjustments, if necessary.
- Banning all your favorite foods - If there is one way to guarantee you will spend hours dealing with cravings, it’s by banning your favorite foods entirely. To stay on track with your weight loss goals, you should give yourself the freedom to enjoy the foods that you love, but in a portion-controlled way.
- Starving yourself – You may think that skipping breakfast and lunch, you will be able to indulge later without exceeding your calorie limit for the day. What you don’t know is that skipping meals or starving yourself causes your metabolism to slow down, which can cause weight gain or make it harder to lose weight. To mitigate this, eat smaller, frequent high-protein meals that will keep you satiated or consume small snacks, like yogurt or a granola bar, rather than skipping meals.
- Keeping your health goals a secret - Losing weight is hard and even harder when you are going at it on your own. Psychological studies suggest that sharing challenges, support, and ideas with people who are in a similar predicament can help speed up weight loss. It's like having your own personal cheering squad!