Everyone knows how tough it is to lose weight. The weight-loss industry is a multibillion dollar business, and for good reason. Virtually half of the United States today is considered to be overweight. So if you find yourself needing to drop a few pounds you are definitely not alone. If you are considering starting a diet that you will want to pay close attention to some of the common mistakes people make so that you can avoid them and get the most from your efforts.
Mistake #1 - Trying to lose weight too quickly
The single biggest mistake most people make when it comes to weight loss is trying to lose weight too quickly. It is simply unreasonable to think that weight which took you months or years to gain will come off in a matter of a few weeks.
Realistically, maintaining a weight loss of approximately 1 pound per week is what most experts advise. The reason for this is that the body is less likely to hold onto its fat stores if the weight comes off slowly and steadily. The body has a very sophisticated ability to recognize when it has entered a starvation mode and will do everything he can to hold on to weight so that it can survive. The take away here is that you need to focus on your weight loss over the long run and not just a matter of a few weeks.
Mistake #2 - Eating the wrong types of foods and/or too much food
Junk food is everywhere in our society. It is so easy to eat unhealthy, highly processed foods since they are readily available and taste very good. The problem is that these types of foods are often not very good at keeping you full and also have poor nutritional value. Instead, you should concentrate on eating healthy natural foods in reasonable portion sizes. Although this process will take some time, you should make it a top priority.
Mistake # 3 – Getting too little exercise
Learning to change your eating habits is key to long-term weight loss, but equally as important is the practice of getting regular exercise. Without exercising on a regular basis you will have to continue will be less is your weight goes down. It is not only better for you in the long run to exercise daily but also will give you some leeway in terms of calories. Exercise is not a free pass to eat whatever you want but within reason you can get away with the occasional treat if you are a regular exerciser.
October 12, 2009 Posted by J at 9:09 AM