When you have weight-loss goals, it can seem nearly impossible to reach them. Whether it is your attitude, your approach or your goals themselves, there are several mistakes that you can make that will only hold you back.
Here is our list of the top 5 mistakes that you should avoid making when you are trying to lose weight:
Setting Unrealistic Goals
Though you may have big goals (which are attainable), it is extremely important to give them a reasonable timeline. No matter the amount of weight you are trying to lose, understand that it will take time. Being too hard on oneself is a mistake that can lead you to become discouraged – which is the last thing you will want as you strive toward your goals.
Calling Your Transformation a “Diet”
The word “diet” has negative connotations. If you are serious about weight-loss, you should see it as a “lifestyle change.” Yes, diets can help you lose weight. However, if you want to keep the weight off, a lifestyle change should be the first realistic goal that you set for yourself.
Giving Up After You Cheat
You are human. There will be times when your walls are broken down and you will sneak some sweets, a sugary drink or even bacon. Forgive yourself and learn from it. The guilt you feel should be used to fuel your future success. It should be used as a reinforcement, to build those walls a stronger. This will come in handy the next time your are temped by empty calories.
Rewarding Yourself After Workouts
A good workout is something to celebrate. Your rewards are your results. The statement, “I worked out today, I deserve it,” is one that will keep you from getting results. Celebrate a good workout by admiring the number on the scale – or yourself in that little black dress that finally fits – not by going out for a chocolate milkshake.
The key to weight-loss is eating smarter, not less. Breakfast is, as always, the most important meal of the day. By eating early in the day, you will kick-start your metabolism. The rest of the day should be about eating smart and snacking smarter. Find health foods that you enjoy and keep them around the house.
When beginning your lifestyle change, be positive, forgiving and determined. Take care of yourself and reward yourself with results!