Biggest Mistakes We Make When it comes to Weight Loss

Feb 17, 2014

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    Biggest Weight-loss Pitfalls

    It is often thought that to lose weight, you need to make several changes to your lifestyle and make a weight-loss regimen. You don't need to overhaul your daily routine to lose extra flab off. You have a strong chance of losing weight fast when you avoid some weight-loss pitfalls.

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    Not Exercising

    To drop pounds, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn. True, but don’t rely solely on weight-loss foods. Slim-down mantra: burn more calories than you spend plus exercise.

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    Not Eating Enough

    Many people don’t believe that eating small, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day keeps body energised and help lose weight. Sometimes, not eating enough makes people hungry and they end up loading more calories.

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    Unrealistic Expectations

    Weight loss starts with goal-setting. Expectations should always be high but unrealistic goal is the most common reason behind unsuccessful weight-loss efforts. Don’t make a goal like losing 10 kilograms a month. It’s going to take longer to take them off.

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    Focus on Short-term Results

    People set short-term goals say ‘losing 5 pounds in 10 days’. After 10 days, when they don’t follow weight-loss regimen anymore, gain the weight back. The finish line should be at least a year down the line.

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    Not Getting Enough Sleep

    Have you heard 'lose weight while you sleep'? There is truth to the statement. You need seven and nine hours of rest every day. It helps your body produce more of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin, and help you trim.

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    Eating in Front of the TV

    Mindless eating is one of the reasons for not getting desired outcome for weight-loss efforts. You don't even realise how much you eat while your favourite TV show is on. Better sit on a table and eat where you are more aware of how much you're taking in.

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    Skipping Breakfast

    Breakfast kick starts your metabolism. The morning meal gives your body a signal that you're not starving and it starts burning fat. Eat a low-fat breakfast that provides all the necessary nutrients and keeps you energised.

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    Checking Weight Often

    Weight loss takes time; weighing yourself every other day can lead to panic if you feel like you aren’t seeing results. Moreover, weight fluctuates throughout the day. You may weigh more at night than in the morning.

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    Fad Diets

    The claims of fad diets may tempt you, but those are phony. Sometimes, they may yield short-term results but don’t work in a long term. These crash course diets involve strict diets that may deprive one from essential nutrients and are not a practical consideration for a permanent lifestyle change.

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    Getting Back to Bad Eating Habits

    When you are trying to lose weight for a while, it’s easy to get complacent. Eating habits such as butter on your toast, eating while you’re cooking or treating yourself with a dessert will only give you extra calories and you will have trouble shedding pounds.