Most Dieters Fail Because They Make Mistakes
How to Avoid the Big Dieting Mistakes
Before beginning a diet or weight reduction program, read through these 9 diet mistakes and follow the suggestions given.
Dieting means changing your eating habits. This won't be possible unless you have a good incentive. To find out if you have a good incentive, ask yourself this question:
If you can't answer this question or if you're not sure, then you don't have a good enough incentive.
If so, don't bother dieting until you find one. Trying to lose weight without having a clear idea how it will benefit you, is a complete waste of time.
We all perform better when we have a target to aim for. Why? Because it helps us to measure our progress and feel a sense of achievement when we succeed. Losing weight is no different. In order to do it successfully, we must have a specific target to aim for.
(1) Set yourself a realistic
For example, if you weigh
200 pounds, aim to get down to 190 pounds.
Most dieters want to solve
their weight problem IMMEDIATELY.
That's why many dieters spend
half their lives dieting.
If you want to lose weight, get real! No one solves a weight problem overnight.
As a general rule aim to lose
about 2 pounds a week.
Too slow? That's too bad. You won't lose it any faster.
Don't make the same mistake! Find a HEALTHY diet program and ignore the rest.
Even if they choose a healthy diet program, most dieters don't follow it properly. Why not? They get bored! Unfortunately, being seriously overweight is a lot more boring than dieting.
This doesn't mean you have
to be perfect all the time - no one is perfect.
No matter what diet they choose, most dieters fall into the trap of allowing themselves to go hungry.
They get tired, irritable and unhappy.
What happens then?
They reach for a nice fatty instant snack.
See what I mean? Hunger is a disaster - avoid it at all costs.
It may slow down your weight loss a fraction, but at least it'll help you to stay on track.
No matter what diet program they follow, all dieters have 'bad days', or even 'bad weeks.' But some dieters give up as soon as they have them. They go out for an unplanned meal or have a binge, and then throw up their hands in despair and say to themselves: 'I'm a failure. I'll never lose weight.'
A better approach
The worst that will happen is that your weight loss will be slightly delayed.
When we start a diet program, our body notices immediately and starts to slow down in order to conserve energy. This causes our weight loss to slow down, too. The best answer to this problem is to boost our energy requirement by taking exercise.
Exercise burns calories, gives us more energy and helps us reduce our body fat percentage. Result? Weight loss is faster and easier.
You don't have to pretend to be an Olympic athlete or pump iron 24 hours a day. A regular 30 minutes of any moderate exercise (like walking) will do, but it must be regular: i.e. every day.
For more tips, see Exercise for idiots
Stress makes us eat.
For example: We get bored, angry or frustrated and WHOOPS! - there goes another cookie or candy bar.
When we start a diet program, the stress is worse because we CAN'T get rid of it by eating this stuff. So the stress gets worse.
Solution? We need to take control. We need to sit down and work out a mini stress-management program which answers the following questions:
In a nutshell - TAKE CONTROL!! Don't allow people or situations to make you fat. Work out what to do BEFORE you start dieting. Don't wait until stress happens.
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