So you want to lose weight and you’ve tried everything from a crash diet to Simi Auntie’s neighbour’s cousin’s sister’s daughter’s weight loss plan. She looks gorgeous in the dress from the latest movie but you can’t squeeze into one. Nothing really seems to work. Why do you think that is?
Be honest, you’ve probably cheated on the diet, but how far along were you? Stop and think what it would be like to look like you were 18 once again?? What stops you from getting there? You won’t admit it and you would swear to God, but face it, you’ve not stuck to your diet and we know it. You cheated. Here’s how-
- Severely restrict their caloric intake. A starvation diet (i.e., reducing your caloric intake to less than 50% of what your body requires) doesn’t work. Any weight that may have been lost is subsequently regained because most individuals cannot maintain such a restrictive eating plan over the long haul.
- Have an unduly narrow perspective of the problem at hand. Too many people view losing weight as simply a matter of cutting back on what they eat. In reality, it’s an issue of basic physics-balancing energy in with energy out. As such, if you really want to lose weight (and keep it off), you need to increase your level of physical activity and eat in moderation. Ignore the need to maintain their level of lean body mass.
- A common tendency among individuals who exercise, is to focus their activity efforts solely on aerobic exercise. In the process, they lose muscle mass, which is replaced by fat when they inevitably regain whatever weight they lost. In turn, their metabolic rate as well as the number of calories that they need to maintain their current weight, is diminished. This adjustment creates a cycle that is counterproductive to sustained weight loss.
- Misinterpret what some food labels are actually telling them. It is extremely important for individuals who want to control their weight to be aware of the fact that labels that state that a particular foodstuff is either “no fat” or “no sugar” does not mean “no calories.”
- Try to lose too much weight too rapidly. Research shows that a weight-reduction program that involves a slow and steady loss (i.e., approximately 1 lb or less per week for women and 2 lbs or less per week for men) has the best chance for success, particularly when it is combined with an effort to change any inappropriate lifestyle habits.
- Believe that spot reduction is possible. The concept of spot reducing is a complete myth. No exercise will eliminate fat from a specific area of the body, just as no change in your level of caloric intake will guarantee that the fat will melt away in the area of the body you most want to address. As a rule, the pattern in which you lose body fat is genetically predetermined.
- Mistake water lost through sweating for actual fat and weight loss. Your body has millions of sweat glands that cover your skin, excreting water and electrolytes. Water (sweat) that is perspired increases in an effort by your body to help keep you cool and regulate your body temperature.
- Buy into the “magic beans” theory. Selling supplements and related pills, powders, and potions that purportedly will somehow facilitate a person’s efforts to lose weight is a multibillion-dollar-a-year industry. Other than being a waste, such items also can have negative health consequences.
- Follow unproven and spurious dieting advice. The number of unsound diets that target un- suspecting individuals with undocumented claims and unhealthy practices seems to grow exponentially every year. Truth be known, these diets share at least two traits-they don’t work, and they may actually be handled (physically and financially) to a person who tries them.
We’ve put forth the common mistakes people make for your perusal. Save yourself from them and have a healthy weight loss. But let’s tell you something first, what matters most is how you feel about yourself. None can force you towards things you don’t want to do/try. Go slow and steady, and nail it!