8 mistakes I made while trying to lose weight
I went on my first diet around five years ago. Over the past four and a
half years my weight went up and down as I tried every diet and exercise
program under the sun. Nothing seemed to work for me. Until six months ago
I enrolled in a weight workshop which taught me that I need to change the
way I look at food. It was then that I realized that I had made many mistakes
in my quest to lose weight.
In this article I’m going to share with you eight mistakes I made
on my quest to lose weight. I hope by sharing my experiences with others
throughout the world via the internet I might be able to help people avoid
the mistakes I made. So, here are the eight mistakes I made while trying
to lose weight.
1. I started to skip breakfast
Most people trying to lose weight believe simply eating less and skipping
meals helps shed that fat. And breakfast is a real easy meal to skip.
This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when on a weight loss
diet. If you leave the house in the morning on an empty stomach you’re
much more tempted to eat more at morning tea and lunch times. And, calories
you eat at breakfast time are easily burnt throughout the day.
2. I would eat one day and not the next
I would literally eat about 2000+ calories one day, feel guilty, and end
up eating about 700 calories the following day. If you “starve”
yourself throughout the day you’re much more likely to eat more
in the evenings, which is not going to help you lose weight. You should
consume most of your calories in the morning.
3. I bought diet food
When I went shopping I always looked for the foods marked diet, low-fat,
healthy etc. This is a good practice to get into, but I was buying these
foods for the wrong reason. I bought these foods because in my mind it
meant I could more. I would totally disregard portion size. If you eat
diet foods in large portions you’re not doing yourself any favors.
4. I thought I’d always be fat
This is mindset that you must break if you want to lose some serious weight.
Sometimes it feels like you’re doing the right things and not making
any progress, this is totally natural. You need to focus on being happy
and healthy and achieving your goals. Try not to get caught up in “the
5. I started eating salads as main meals
Eating salad is a good way of keeping your calorie intake down right?
Yes, meal of salad has much less calories that a pizza but does it have
the satisfaction? When you eat you mind needs to get some satisfaction
from what you have just eaten. I found that when I ate salads for meals
a few hours later I was back I the cupboard looking for more food. I learnt
that I was better off eating a balanced meal with slightly more calories
than simply eating a salad and snacking afterwards.
6. I started my new diets on Mondays
When I found a new diet that I decided I was going to try I always started
it on a Monday. This meant I would eat all weekend like I was never going
to eat again. Doing this I was just setting myself up for failure.
7. I was to embarrassed to go to the gym
Taking the plunge and joining a gym was one of the hardest things I ever
did. I was always worried that people in the gym would be staring at me
and talking about me. I really thought I was too fat to join. My advice
is to join a gym! You’ll be glad you did. I look forward to going
to the gym now.
8. I set my goals to high
Setting long term goals is great, but these goals always seem to far off.
You need to set smaller, more reachable goals that you can regularly meet
to keep your motivation high. Set yourself weekly, monthly and three monthly
goals. Once you meet one short term goal set a new one for next week.
So there you have it, those are the mistakes I made. I now look at weight
loss from a totally different perspective and it has paid off. I now help
others with weight loss and keeping healthy.
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