It is true that all of us face several roadblocks while trying to shed unwanted weight. It is important to remember that all of us are susceptible to being attracted to quick fixes or believing that one magic bullet can help us achieve the desired outcome.

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However, oftentimes, this mindset gets in the way of realizing our long-term goals. It is possible to improve the outcome of our fat loss journeys by recognizing these pitfalls.

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Mentioned below are some of the most common weight-loss mistakes  many of us commit.

Following Too Many Rules: Losing weight demands following many strict rules. However, all these rules may not be good for us. There is a popular rule of not eating anything after 7 p.m. However, this rule may work against an individual that wakes up very early or works late into the night. Eating two hours before bedtime is the best approach to curb noshing during the night.

Similarly, anyone looking to lose weight tends to avoid anything containing a trace of sugar, regardless of its source.  The fact is, however, that there is no harm in satisfying a sweet tooth using natural sugar sources.

Cheat Days: This is a common tactic for many dieters to stay motivated while following a strict diet. However, oftentimes, these cheat days can trigger a tendency to go off track and eventually lead to complete derailment of healthy habits over a period of time. Instead of cheat days, cheat meals can be more effective simply because re-establishment of healthy eating habits is much easier after just one meal.

Eating too Little: There is a common perception that we can lose fat faster by eating as little as possible. As a result, many dieters tend to skip meals in the expectation of quick results. However, eating too little is not at all a requirement for losing fat. Instead, the focus should be on consuming nutrient-enriched food. It is possible to eat fewer calories just by replacing high-sugar and high-fat snacks with options that are high in fiber and protein.

Short-Term Planning: Experts around the world now suggest that following a short-term Detox diet can be a serious mistake. After the completion of a seven or twenty-one-day cleansing diet, there can be a rapid weight regain. Moreover, fasting for longer durations can slow down the metabolism process. This, in turn, makes keeping the weight off extremely difficult. Therefore, it is better to avoid the temptation of trendy diet fixes and stick to a long-term diet plan comprised of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy unsaturated fats, and lean protein.

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No Tracking: One of the most common weight-loss mistakes is not keeping track of your intake. Maintaining a food log provides a realistic picture of how much you consume on a daily basis. Therefore, when required, it becomes much easier to identify the flaws in the diet plan we are following.

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Overeating: Oftentimes, dieters have a tendency to overeat healthy foods. There is no denying the fact that nuts, seeds and dried fruit are excellent sources of minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals.. However, eating too much of them will definitely not help your cause at all.

Focusing only on weight: Most of us tend to make the mistake of measuring our weight loss success based on what we see on the scale. However, individuals don’t lose weight at the same rate. More importantly, success may also come in different forms other than the reading on your register. Many renowned dietitians feel that cutting portions, balancing meals, and saying ‘no’ to things we love, are all measures of success and deserve applause.


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