So I usually have the great pick me up at the beginning of the week, but I decided to do something a little different…hence the title of this post.
All to often we are given all of the reasons and tools of how to achieve and get results and are only told at a passing glance of the things to stay away from and avoid. Well, I have listed the top 10 things that will for sure help you FAIL at losing weight. Take a look below and if you recognize any of these in your daily routine…eliminate it!
1. Don’t deal with emotional eating.
No matter how much weight you need to lose, you simply must face any emotional eating issues you have. This may be as simple as identifying alternative activities or as intensive as seeking professional help.
2. (Try to) follow a super-strict diet.
When diets rely on one type of food or cut out entire food groups, they’re too difficult to stick to for any length of time. Ask anyone who tried the grapefruit diet.
3. Cut back too many calories.
Calories in, calories out — the key to weight loss. But cut too many and you won’t lose weight at all thanks to the metabolism’s “starvation” mode.
4. Go it alone.
We all need someone to talk to about the dilemmas that losing weight brings us. Whether online or in the real world, create a support system that will help you through the rough patches. (Let a friend or family member know what you are doing and see if they are not willing to join you!)
5. Skip breakfast.
The old adage is true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It will get your metabolism going and help you from getting too hungry and overeating.
6. Don’t Keep a Food Diary
How can you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been? To get a real grasp on what, how much, and why you’re eating, keep an honest food diary for at least 10 days.
7. Set unrealistic goals.
Avoid setting goals that even the most devoted dieter couldn’t meet. Can you really cut out all sodas if you’re used to downing a 2-liter a day? Is making it three times around the track doable when you just started walking last week?
8. Weigh in every day.
Weighing in daily is a sure-fire way to give up on a diet before you’ve given it a chance. Weight fluctuates from day to day for reasons that have little to do with your efforts.
9. Exercise too much, too soon.
Overdoing it will lead you to burnout and risk overuse injuries whether it be exercising more intensely or for too lengthy a duration. (A few minutes every other day is an excellent way to begin if you’ve been sedentary.)
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10. Go cold turkey on your favorite foods.
Swearing off your favorite foods is a definite pitfall. Doing so sets you up for binges and may leave you so frustrated, you give up your diet completely. All things in moderation (Have treats occasionally and in controlled portions!) will keep those cravings at bay.
Again, check these ten items against your eating strategy, mental fitness preparedness, fitness and nutrition plan and tweak your strategies as needed.
Thanks for reading and have an Awesome Week!