Three Big No's for Weight Loss Dieting

There are countless number of tips and advise regarding weight loss and dieting. Many are helpful and many are not. However, there is a common thread between dieters who are on perpetual diets. They continue to make the same dieting mistakes every day, over and over again.

These mistakes are not about some occasional food  indulgence, but rather major mistakes that are responsible for  failure of many diets and dieters. If you know and recognize them, you will be better able and prepared with the attitude necessary to lose weight for the long-term.

1. All or Nothing Approach to Weight Loss Diets

This is the approach that refers to dieters that pick a difficult to follow diet which have many components to it that is usually difficult to follow and do every day.

Often, they will clean out the kitchen of all foods that are "not allowed". They plan to be the perfect dieters from day one. Usually they succeed for a few days, perhaps even a few weeks or a few months. However, eventually some event or occasion or distraction happens that put then off track from continuing on their diet for a day or two.

This, in their eyes, often means the end of the perfect diet, and they call the diet off since they were unable to follow it exactly as they had thought they should.

Since the diet has been "ruined", they usually take a break and go right back to where they were before, to eating like the pre-diet days, and quickly gaining the weight previously lost  .

Do you see yourself doing this, or have you done this in the past?

If so, ask yourself the difficult question about your weight loss goal. Do you really wish to lose weight or wish to diet forever, which may make you feel that you are doing something about your weight, but deep down inside prefer to continue the old habits.

If you do, then you need to believe that the only way forward and the real way to lose weight is to start slowly but surely. Every small positive habit is a step closer to losing weight. Collectively, these small steps will result in the weight loss you wish to have and deserve.

It is one small step at a time, and a few steps back does not mean you cannot go right back forward the next day.

2. Sacrificial Approach to Weight Loss Dieting

It is amazing that most dieters who do not succeed over the long term think of their diet as a sacrifice, a sacrifice from the good life and good food.

With that attitude, as the dieter begins to lose weight and reach their goal, they go right back to the old ways, since the period of dieting was a sacrifice rather than a new way of life.

Remember, sacrifice is associated with depriving yourself until things get better.

Losing weight comes from a permanent life style change.

The best advise for dieters who consider dieting as a period of sacrifice is to ensure that their diet includes the foods they love and crave, even though they are smaller quantities and  eaten occasionally. This approach of  moderation then becomes the becomes the norm rather than a sacrifice.

3. Goal Failure Approach to Dieting

How do you save $1000? One dollar at a time.

How do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time.

How do you walk a mile? one step at a time.

You have heard them all. The same applies to weight loss and dieting; you lose weight one pound at a time. Slow and steady wins the race!

Setting goals that are possible and easy, as a step in the many steps to achieving the total weight loss goal is perhaps the most critical element in any weight loss plan. These goals, besides being simple and easy to follow and achieve, should be clear, realistic and written down.

Depending on what your goal is for your overall weight loss, it is best to start off with a goal of one to two pounds per week for the first four to five weeks and thereafter about half to one pound per weeks.

However, you have to also be realistic. There will be weeks you may lose less or more. There may be some weeks you may lose nothing or even gain some weight. That is okay as along as you are making progress towards your overall goal.

Do not take an occasional failure to meet your goal as absolute failure and give up.

Just as you wrote down your weight loss goals, tracking your weight loss progress on a graph will help you visualize it more easily.

Also, do not look at the scale on a daily basis. Avoid the scale and weigh yourself just once a week. This way you can focus on your eating and exercise habits that are critical for success.

Now that you Know

Now that you know the three big no's for weight loss, have you been guilty of doing the same?

If so, you are not alone. However, unlike most others, you now know what you have to do to avoid being unsuccessful in your desire to lose weight.

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