There are some loss mistakes which, if you don’t rectify, can cost you dear. In this article I will tell you about two such mistakes.
1. Not setting realistic goals and keeping track of your progress: A lot of people have unrealistic expectations from their respective diet programs, and no wonder they set up unrealistic goals like those of losing 10 pounds within a week, or shedding all within a month! You will never be able to achieve such goals, no matter how hard you try.
When you cannot achieve your target, you disheartened and frustrated with your diet plan. That is why it pays to setup realistic goals right from the start.
Setting up a goal of losing 1-2 pounds per week is an example of a realistic goal. This doesn’t however mean that you will lose a couple of pounds every week; on some weeks you will lose more and on other weeks it would be less; on some weeks you might not lose a single pound, while on others, you may pack some extra pounds instead.
This is why it is necessary to keep track of your progress. Use a diet chart to track your progress in loss, and it will help you keep track of what you are doing and whether you are heading towards the achievement of your loss goal or in the opposite direction.
2. Confusing dieting with abstinence: Dieting is all about healthy eating! While you surely need to limit the intake of junk foods, it doesn’t mean that you should abstain from them completely and avoid them like the plague! If you eat junk foods in small quantities once in a while, you won’t suffer from any kind of ‘food cravings’.
On the other hand, you might think that if you give up eating junk foods altogether, you will be able to achieve your loss goal in the shortest time possible, given the fact that you are following a popular fad diet plan which has ‘worked’ for hundreds of people.
But this is just a wrong idea! If you totally abstain yourself from eating junk foods, a time will come when you will pounce like a hungry wolf at the very sight of junk foods, gorging on them as much as you can! That way you will gain even more than what you might have lost.
As with anything else in life, moderation is the key to success. Any kind of overindulgence and abstinence should both be avoided.