When it comes to dieting, we make all kinds of mistakes on a near hourly basis.
While there are more than enough mistakes that naturally go along with the territory, there are a few that have far more profound and lasting implications than others.
Hopefully by making yourself aware of these mistakes, you can avoid them in your own weight loss journey.
- The single biggest mistake that dieters make, is taking an “all or nothing” attitude.
These are the dieters that scour the pantry and the refrigerator, removing anything that could be seen as a potential source of temptation.
They embark on a dietary regimen that’s nearly impossible to maintain, and believe that all is lost the second they stray from the strict guidelines of that diet.
While this might work for some people in the short term, it sets you up for failure, frustration, and ill will towards the entire dieting process.
The important thing to remember when it comes to dieting is the goal. Your goal is to shed pounds. There are many ways that you can do this that don’t require starving yourself or punishing yourself in the process.
Despite our human need for structure and routine, we need to enjoy changing our lunch routine from time to time.
Choose a diet or a new nutrition plan that allows you to enjoy a wide variety of foods, rather than one that limits you to the same old meal or meal selection day in and day out.
3. Another common mistake is depriving yourself of everything you enjoy.
One thing that we often forget is the importance of moderation. Fill up on fruit and vegetables, but allow yourself to enjoy the occasional indulgence for the sake of sanity.
If you never let yourself enjoy chocolate, why on earth would you want to live forever? Seriously, don’t forget to enjoy food for the sake of dieting. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying food. The problem comes when you enjoy only the wrong sorts of foods.
4. Avoid not setting goals.
While you don’t want to set goals that are impossible to achieve, you should also avoid being at the opposite end of the spectrum; having no goals at all.
Those who set aggressive goals that are achievable will see the biggest success.
Making those goals public and asking for support is another thing that will help you achieve that big success. This is one reason the Weight Watchers program has enjoyed the phenomenal success that it has.
5. The final mistake when it comes to dieting is that all too often, we give up.
Yes, we all have setbacks along the way. Even those who have achieved insane success with their diets have met with failure at some point in their dieting journey.
The end result however, for those who stick with the plan, is a healthier body and that’s something worth fighting for.
Your goals may get side tracked, but you can set new goals.
You might have a bad day or even a bad week when it comes to your dietary goals and plans. Don’t let this defeat your serious plan to be a healthier you.
6. Overcome your dieting mistakes and move on from them.
Let your failures teach you as much as your successes, and you should be well on your way to being the healthier person that you know is hiding inside.
Whether you want to get rid of 10 pounds or 210 pounds, the only way to achieve that goal and make it last is by dedicating yourself to the process of becoming a healthier person.
A healthy person has healthy eating habits, and doesn’t starve him or herself. A healthy person binge on things that aren’t healthy.
Learn to enjoy food in moderation, and you should be well on your to the success you’re looking for.