There are so many rumors and tips and tricks circulating in the diet and fitness world, that it is easy to get confused. Often, when trying to lose weight people find themselves caught on a plateau, or gaining weight back quickly. Here are a few common mistakes or misconceptions about weight loss that can set can get you off the track to a happy, healthy weight:
1. Improving What You Eat, Not How You Eat
Eating good foods is important, but not if you do not turn this into a habit. A diet is literally what you eat in a day, it is a lifestyle not a quick eating plan to lose weight. This is one of the many reasons why I fear for people (my parents, coworkers, and friends included) who embark on a no-carb/low-carb diet. They lose weight quickly, but the second they reintroduce carbs the weight comes back. It's all about changing your lifestyle for good, not for a month or two.
2. Being Overly Idealistic
Don't set your goals too high. It is so easy to throw in the towel when on a weight loss journey if you don't see the results you want. Be realistic in your goals and your eating/exercise style. Sometimes, putting less pressure on yourself can actually yield better results.
3. Shooting for the Wrong Goal
Most people’s weight-loss goals go something like this: “Lose 10 pounds in six weeks.” “Drop two sizes.” “Fit into my skinny jeans.” Those goals are frustrating and can make you quickly give up. Try to make small goals so that you can feel happy about crossing a goal off your list. Weight loss is a journey!
4. Thinking That What’s Right for One Person is Right for Everyone
Every person’s body, nutritional needs, and psychology are different, and your healthy-eating strategy should reflect that. What works for your best friend might not work for you, so don't be frustrated.
5. Classifying Foods as “Good” or “Bad”
Completely cutting out “bad” foods can lead to uncontrollable cravings and, eventually, binge eating and weight gain. But you can also overeat superfoods. Consume too many berries, and your blood-sugar levels can spike. Eat too many avocadoes, and you can end up taking in more calories than you’re burning. A better approach is taking into account a food’s full nutritional profile and factoring that info into your overall eating strategy.