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5 Weight Loss Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
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Before you begin your healthy new eating plan, here are 5 weight loss mistakes you must be aware of to lose weight. Start strong, using these smart woman’s strategies on how to avoid these nasty diet traps, and you will be well on your way to reaching your weight loss goals and improving your health and vitality. Here are the 5 weight loss mistakes you must avoid:

  1. Weight loss perfectionism is such an easy trap – but allowing yourself one cookie or one slice of pie is not a sign of weakness or diet failure. Sensible weight loss eating plans don’t point the finger at “bad” foods and tell you they must never, ever pass your lips again. That’s simply unrealistic. If you must have that piece of pie, for example, the good plans show you how to account for that and stay on track. There is no such thing as the perfect dieter, or the perfect diet. Unless you have a few pounds (or one size) to lose; steady loss (probably slower than you would like) is the real world way to lose weight.
  2. The idea that “diet” equals “sacrifice.” Watch those weight loss reality shows and everyone is suffering mightily. It might make for dramatic TV, but in the real world, putting yourself through such torture isn’t much of an incentive to get healthier – nor is it necessary. It is a fact that many of these weight loss show contestants actually gain most, or even all, of the weight back. The reason? They did not learn better, happier eating and fitness habits in the process – they simply endured a torturous routine and (no surprise here) their bodies and minds rebelled. So – no sacrifice for you, no thinking of this as your “starvation” diet. Instead, think of the bounty of delicious foods you will be eating. Choose a plan that allows plenty of tasty, healthy foods and insures you will never be hungry, while still losing weight.
  3. Not making sensible goals is the third of these 5 weight loss mistakes smart women must pay attention to. Yes, you can lose a relatively small amount of weight in a week (7 to 10 pounds or so), but such rapid weight loss isn’t sustainable. Plan to lose about 2 pounds a week – that’s a sensible goal because it is quantified, you have a sensible time frame (so, for example, in three months you can be almost 25 pounds slimmer) and a specific goal.
  4. Not expecting and coping sensibly with weight loss plateaus is another of the top 5 weight loss mistakes. Some weeks you may lose more than 2 pounds (especially in the first week), other weeks you might actually gain a bit. If you track your weight loss, you will see that it all averages out. So limit yourself to only stepping on the scale once a week. Write down your weight on a graph and celebrate the steady decline in weight.
  5. Diet Fatigue is probably the most common of these 5 weight loss mistakes. That’s trying a diet for a few days, deciding it isn’t really working, and moving on to the next one, and the next – always seduced by the ‘latest’ fad diet, rather than committing yourself to one good weight loss plan and sticking with it. There are several plans that are excellent; chose the one that appeals to you and give it a chance (that is, at least one month) to prove its value in improving your life.

Avoid these 5 weight loss mistakes and you will be on your way to a lighter, healthier body.

The sixth weight loss mistake is not getting the information and support you need to choose the right weight loss plan for you. Find more weight loss insights and help by following these links.


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