Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid

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Avoiding these mistakes will get you to your goal!

Many dieters tend to make similar mistakes when trying to lose weight. But being aware of these mistakes and making small physical and mental changes will help you lose the weight and keep it off for good.

  • Slow is Better – Most weight loss programs are set up to help you safely lose between half a pound and two pounds per week. Studies show that individuals who rapidly lose weight are more likely to gain it back. If you’ve lost a few pounds this month that is excellent! Don’t discount that because you see someone on TV losing 15 pounds or more in two weeks. Your weight loss will change from month to month.
  • Everyone is Different – While some people lose a lot of weight in the first few weeks, others might not lose any weight at all for a few weeks. This of course is not a reason to give up, even though it can feel frustrating when you are trying so hard. Don’t forget that your hard work will pay off and not just with weight loss but also with many health benefits like more energy, less stress, better sleep and reduced risk of many diseases.
  • Every Week Will be Different – Many people lose a lot in the first few weeks and then their weight loss slows down considerably. It’s normal to have weeks when you lose more than expected and weeks when your weight remains the same despite your consistent efforts.
  • Weight Loss Can’t Happened Immediately – Cutting calories today through diet and exercise will not necessarily show up on the scale at the end of the day or even by tomorrow. Your weight can fluctuate from day-to-day for reasons that have nothing to do with your diet and exercise program. This is a good reason to not weigh yourself more than once a week.
  • Everyone Has Setbacks – No one is perfect. You can expect to hit some bumps in the road, no matter how hard you’re trying. The important thing is not to let those bumps get you totally off track, but to learn from them and move forward.
  • Eating Less is Not Better – A lot of people assume that the less you eat, the faster you will lose. One of the biggest mistakes dieters make is not eating enough. Your calorie range is based on your current weight, goal weight, how aggressive your goal is and how much exercise you are doing. Your recommended calorie range might seem like a lot of food, especially if you are accustomed to fad, restrictive diets, but it is the right amount for you to help you reach your goals.

Hopefully these tips will help you avoid many of the common pitfalls dieters face. Remember, don’t give up because you can do it!

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  1. Great reminder – I actually try to lose weight very hard, but it’s been really hard after I turned 35… just somehow not losing weight and it’s frustrating. This post was a great reminder that I need more time to work on some things before seeing the number change!

    • Thank you for commenting. I think that persistence and making good choices both with food and fitness pays off in a long run. Don’t give up, it will happen. It may take a big longer with age and it will need to be constant, but it is good for you!

  2. Nami that is one of my biggest issues too “seeing the numbers change”, I am so inpatient when it comes to weight loss. And you are right, as we get into our thirties it definitely gets harder to lose weight.

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