Anyone can post anything on the internet. In our quest to find the fastest way to lose weight we often come across misleading information. It’s not to say that these people are intentionally giving wrong advice; maybe it worked for them. But just because it worked doesn’t mean it’s healthy or sustainable. As I’ve mentioned before, if you are going to rely on the internet for information, the best thing to do is to find credible sources.
However, in efforts to save you some time I wanted to create a quick list of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to losing weight. Now you can avoid being one of them 🙂
10 Common Weight Loss Mistakes
1. Not eating enough. Less food does not equate to more weight loss. Yes, the general concept of weight loss is to burn more calories than you are eating, but if you are starving yourself you are destroying your metabolism. Your body goes into starvation mode and hangs onto any nutrition that it can grasp.
2. Replacing good nutrition with more exercise. As I always say, it’s about balance. Yes, it’s okay to step it up in the gym the day after a holiday or a day you fell a little off track, but don’t use this as a consistent weight loss method, because you will be disappointed with the results. Your diet is the number one factor when it comes to weight loss. Don’t expect to eat McDonald’s everyday then exercise for 3 hours and have everything fall into place (who wants to do that anyway?)
3. Eating too much healthy food. You know that “too much of a good thing” saying? Yep, its true. Sure snacking on some almonds is better than a bag of potato chips, but we still need to practice portion control so we aren’t over eating on the good stuff too.
4. Not drinking enough water. You might think you’re drinking enough, but if you’re not paying attention or you don’t keep track, how do you know? Before figuring out how much water you should be drinking, try keeping track of how much you are currently drinking and then see if it comes close. I bet you’d be surprised by the results. Needs tips on how to drink more water? Click here.
5. Not eating breakfast. I hear it all the time; “I’m not a breakfast person.” First of all, you don’t have to eat breakfast-y food in the morning. Eat whatever you like (within clean eating guidelines of course) and start small. If you always skip breakfast your body is going to be wondering what the heck is going on when you start to feed it first thing in the morning. Don’t worry though, your body will adapt.
6. Weighing yourself too often. The number on the scale is just that- a number. Although it gives you an idea of where you’re starting, there are so many other important factors to consider when it comes to weight loss. Taking measurements and progress pictures will be your best indicators of the changes going on in your body. All too often people see that the number on the scale isn’t budging and they get discouraged and give up. Just because your weight hasn’t changed doesn’t mean there haven’t been positive changes in your body. When you start exercising you are building muscle. You may be losing fat and building muscle at the same time, so although you weigh the same, you’re losing inches and toning up because you are replacing that fat with muscle.
7. Not lifting weights. Too many girls avoid this because they are afraid they will get bulky. It takes A LOT of time and strategic planing both in the gym and in the kitchen to get results like that. The more lean muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism- which means you burn more calories at rest. So get lifting!
8. Not reading food labels. There are too many “diet” products on the market now and this can be misleading. The only way to truly decipher if a product is good for you is to read the food label rather than trust the advertising on the box. If you stick to whole, unprocessed foods, this is much easier. When you read a food label you want to read all of the ingredients and pay attention to serving sizes. You may think 1 box is a serving when in reality there are 4 servings in that box. Big difference. Also, the smaller amount of ingredients the better. If you can’t pronounce something that’s in it, you should probably put it back on the shelf. K? Want to know more about reading food labels? Click here.
9. Focusing on what you “can’t” eat. I put can’t in quotes because it’s not that you can’t, it’s that you shouldn’t. You need to change your mindset here. Instead of thinking you can’t have something, you need to look at it as you won’t have something. This way it’s not that you’re restricting yourself, you’re simply making a conscious decision to make a healthier choice. You are still in control and nothing is forbidden. The more you obsess over something you “can’t” have the more you are going to want it. And most people give into that temptation. But not you. Not this time!
10. Avoiding fat. Healthy fats play an important role in weight loss. We’ve had “low-fat” engraved in our brains as a way to lose weight and that’s simply just not that case. For one, most of the “low-fat” products on the market are filled with other chemicals, additives, and preservatives to make up for that fat they’ve taken out, and secondly, fats play a role in hormone regulation which affects our ability to lose weight. Healthy fats are found in nuts, seeds, avocados, oils, and some fatty fish. Want to know more about healthy fats? Click here.
So there you have it; 10 common mistakes to avoid when trying to change your lifestyle and eat clean. If you fell victim to any of these mistakes before don’t worry, now you know better 🙂