There is so much information out there about losing weight, but the same dietary mistakes are made time and time again every day.
I'm not talking about small mistakes when you eat an unplanned slice of pie, but big mistakes that make you unable to lose the weight you want. Understanding these mistakes can help you develop a mindset that will lead to permanent weight loss.
The "All or Nothing" Mentality
In all aspects, the all-or-nothing eaters choose this diet out of spite of not being able to keep a consistent pattern with healthy lifestyle choices.
This is almost impossible. Before you begin, you will find the kitchen for everything that does not fit on the plan.
They will try to find an ideal diet within the kitchen boundaries, so during the day, 3 days, 7 days, or even a few weeks. Then, inevitably, something happens. In other words, they cannot maintain a protocol once it has begun.
Immediately everything is destroyed in the blink of an eye and they start from square one again. They go to the store and buy everything they threw in the trash last week, and continue to gain the weight they lost as quickly as possible. If you're on this diet, you should ask yourself some tough questions.
Do you really want to lose weight forever, or just want to lose a few pounds and get your instant gratification? A way to move forward is to make some changes to the foods you eat to achieve slow but steady weight loss.
Mind you, slow and steady is the way to go, but it is not necessarily the easiest route to take. It takes courage and willpower to fight your inner food demons. I myself had to go through this phase and let me tell you, it was all worth it in the end.
The Art of Sacrifice
Another common mistake is to view the diet as a period of sacrifice. Avoid munching on your favorite foods while reaching your target weight.
You can make a great diet plan and lose weight gradually, but what happens when you reach your end goal? You're probably going out of control once you start because you haven't learned to eat "bad food" in moderation. It's good to learn to include everything in your diet little by little and enjoy it in small amounts.
I actually prefer the OMAD (one meal a day) diet. It is a much healthier and gradual approach to healthy eating than the majority of the other hardcore diets. Where a lot of people fail is the transition phase of the diet. You can't just change your eating habits overnight, it just doesn't work that way, you will be stuck in an endless and vicious cycle of on and off eating.
My main preference is to first stop the carbs and get fat-adapted, once that is achieved then slowly take baby steps towards the OMAD diet.
Never Give Up !!!
Setting up achievable targets is very important in your weight loss plan. Should be simple, to the point, and practical.
You may have an ideal weight in mind, but this may not help unless you are slightly overweight. A reachable goal is to shed off one to two pounds per week for the first two to four weeks and then lose one pound every week thereafter.
Sometimes you will lose more than needed, and sometimes a bit less, and some even gain, but if you track your progress on the chart you will find that the ups and downs are natural and do not prevent you from moving steadily toward your main objective. If you are currently making some of these mistakes, don't panic.
As with a lot of things in life, the most important thing is to keep pushing forward. Learn from failures and successes and don't use them as an excuse to give up. The only way to achieve things in your life is to commit to becoming a healthier and better you.
Remember that you can have meals which generally contain more food on some days and less food on other days. Learning to eat in moderation will give you a great opportunity to avoid these bad eating mistakes. But most of all, whether you are eating a lot or not. The idea and key lesson here is to eat healthy and make it a part of your lifestyle.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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