Even though there is an abundance of information available about weight loss, the same diet mistakes are being made over and over every day. I’m not talking about little slip-ups where you eat a slice of pie that wasn’t in your diet plan. I’m referring to those big mistakes that can lead to why you’re not actually losing the weight that you want to lose. Understanding these errors can help you develop the attitude that will lead to permanent weight loss.
1. The All or Nothing Attitude
All or nothing dieters will often pick out a complicated diet that is almost impossible for them to maintain. Before beginning, they will search the kitchen for anything that does not fit the plan and throw it away. They are planning to be the perfect dieter, and so they will be, for one day, three days, seven days or even a couple of weeks.
Then, inevitably, something happens and they cannot keep to the diet just one time. And then another time, and suddenly the whole diet is over. They go to the store and buy all the things that went into the garbage last week and proceed to gain back all the weight that they may have lost.
If you are this kind of dieter, you need to ask yourself some tough questions. Do you really want to lose weight permanently, or just lose a few pounds so that you can enjoy putting them back on again? The way forward is to make small changes to what you eat so that you lose weight slowly and steadily.
2. The Attitude of Sacrifice
Another common mistake dieters have is to view their diet as a period of sacrifice. They don’t allow themselves the foods they enjoy most for a set period of time. They may have a great diet plan and be very successful in losing weight, but what happens when they reach that goal?
If you are this type of dieter, you have not yet learned to eat “bad foods” in moderation. So as soon as you start, you are likely to go out of control. It is better to include a little of everything in your diet and learn to enjoy it in small quantities. Yes, even chocolate!
3. Goal Failure
Many dieters set unrealistic goals that are so difficult to achieve, they are setting themselves up for failure.
Setting achievable goals is vital to any weight loss plan. Goals should be clear, realistic and in-writing. While you may have an ideal weight in your mind, unless you are only very slightly overweight, it is probably too distant to be useful. A useful goal would be to lose two pounds per week for the first five weeks and then one pound per week after that. Keep in mind that some weeks you will lose more and some less…and some weeks you may even gain weight. But if you track your progress, you will see that ups and downs are natural and do not stop you progressing steadily toward your major goal.
If you have been making these mistakes, don't worry--the most important point in dieting is to move on. Learn from your failures as well as your successes, and don't use a mistake as an excuse for giving up. The only way to achieve your goal permanently is to make a commitment to become a healthier person. Remember that eating normally includes eating more some days and less others. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you have every chance of avoiding these diet mistakes and reaching your goals.