While pursuing to lose weight and get into that perfect shape one always wanted, a lot of people tend to get overboard. And these are the most common mistakes weight strugglers make on their way to a weight loss goal. We are not talking about little slip-ups where you ate a slice of pie that was not on the plan, but big mistakes that completely sabotage your weight loss plan. The problem is people don't know what they don't know. Having knowledge about these major diet disasters can help you save a lot of time and efforts on your way to permanent weight loss.
1. The All Or Nothing Attitude
These kinds of dieters most often choose a difficult diet that is so complicated for them that they eventually give up. These dieters tend to be strict initially. On the first day they will pick all the things from their kitchen or refrigerator that are not in the plan and throw them into the garbage. They try to be perfect dieters by following the plan word by word. They will be on course for 1 day, 3 days, 7 days or even a couple of weeks. Then one day, finally, something crops up that makes them to give up. Immediately the entire thing is ruined in front of their eyes and the diet is over. And they go back to the store, buy all the things that went into the garbage a couple of weeks back and gain more weight quickly than they lost in those 2 weeks.
If you are anywhere close to this type of dieters, you have to ask yourself some tough questions. Are you looking for a permanent weight loss or want to drop a few pounds here & there and then gain them back. The only solution will be to take a step-by-step approach. Making small but significant changes will have more impact on your weight loss effort.
2. Avoiding "bad foods" completely
Another dieting mistakes people make is they completely avoid eating what we call as "bad foods". Bad foods are those that make you gain weight which is a complete no-no thing in most of the diets. You may have a great diet plan and be very successful in losing weight, but then what happens when you reach your goal? As soon as you start to eat those "bad foods" in small quantity again, you tend to go overboard and eventually start gaining more weight because you haven't learn to eat those "bad foods" in moderation.
Therefore it is always better to include all types of foods in your diet plan including junk foods, sweets, chocolate, etc but occasionally. Fad diets do not work if you are looking for a permanent weight loss.
3. Setting unrealistic goal
Setting unrealistic weight loss target will ultimately de-motivate you on your weight loss endeavor and one day you will quit on your diet. A more sensible way to set a goal would be to lose 2 pounds a week for first 4 weeks and than 1 pound a week since then. It is also important to track your graph on a weekly or daily basis as doing this will keep you steady on the course. This is important to stay motivated & keep moving forward as every day will not be equal because you will lose more someday and even gain another day.
Don't worry if you've been making these mistakes. The crucial part in dieting as in life is to keep moving on. Pain is temporary but will become permanent if you give up. Learn from your failure as well as success and do not use a mistake as an excuse for quitting. You need to be committed to become a healthier person if you want to achieve permanent weight loss.
The best policy would be to enjoy all the food in moderation and you have every chance of avoiding these diet disasters.