If you’re looking to make this your most successful transformation challenge or weight loss venture yet, then here are 5 expert tips that will help you avoid common dieting pitfalls and get you on the right track for the best results ever!
Top 5 Dieting Pitfalls to Avoid if You Want to Lose Weight Fast
#1 “Can’t Have” Mindset
There’s no way around it, if you want to lose weight, you’re going to have to create an energy deficit, which is most efficiently accomplished through a combination of reducing calories (dieting) and increasing physical activity (exercise).
At the same time, be wary to adopt a negative mindset when you want to lose weight. Many people immediately make their weight loss journey that much more mentally taxing and draining by approaching it with a “can’t have” or “won’t allow” mindset.
You may have experienced this before during previous attempts to lose weight. You create a list of things you “can’t have.”
The list goes on and on and on. As you can see, focusing all of your energy on what you “can’t have” is kicking things off on a sour note.
Instead of adopting the “can’t have” mindset, focus on what you can do to make meaningful changes to your lifestyle. Focus on adding more of the right foods to your diet -- fruits, veggies, lean proteins, etc. -- as well as what new forms of physical activity you get to try.
This subtle shift in mindset can make the process much more enjoyable and with much less stress and feelings of deprivation.
#2 Being Overly Restrictive
Another one of the most common dieting pitfalls to avoid if you want to lose weight is being overly restrictive.
Building off of the previous point, many people immediately start their transformation challenges by removing dozens and dozens of foods from their diet, under the guise that it’s certain foods making them gain weight. In reality, no single food (carbs, gluten, sugar, etc.) is responsible for making you gain weight. It is the excessive consumption of calories.
Furthermore, being overly restrictive can make the process of losing weight seem that much more difficult as well as lead to increased feelings of deprivation, making it that much more likely you’ll quit your diet and go back to your old habits.
Remember, to lose weight, you don’t need to take extreme measure. You don’t need to eliminate entire food groups. You don’t need to adopt extreme exercise programs. You don’t have to only follow any ridiculous detoxes or cleanses.
You do need to create a moderate calorie deficit (10-15% below maintenance) through a combination of diet and exercise. Do that day in and day out and you’ll get the results you want!
#3 Ambiguous Goals
Many people embark on their weight loss journey with the simple goal to lose weight. While a good start, simply stating that you want to “lose weight” is too vague, which can lead to confusion, complacency, and a lack of results.
Instead, make your goals SMART: