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|Posted on October 3, 2015 at 1:55 PM||comments (53)|
Even though there is so much information available about weight loss, the same diet mistakes are being made over and over every day. We are not talking here about little slipups where you ate a slice of pie that was not on the plan, but big mistakes that lead to failure to lose the weight that you want to lose. Understanding these errors can help you develop the attitude that will lead to permanent weight loss for you.
1. The All Or Nothing Attitude
All or nothing dieters will often pick out a complicated diet that is almost impossible for them to maintain. Before beginning, they will search the kitchen for anything that does not fit the plan and throw it in the garbage. They are planning to be the perfect dieter, and so they will be, for one day, three days, seven days or even a couple of weeks. Then, inevitably, something happens that means they cannot keep to the diet one time. Immediately the whole thing is ruined in their eyes and the diet is over. They go to the store and buy all the things that went into the garbage last week and proceed to gain back all the weight that they lost, as fast as possible.
If you are this kind of dieter you need to ask yourself some tough questions. Do you really want to lose weight permanently, or just lose a few pounds so that you can enjoy putting them back on again? The way forward is to make small changes to what you eat so that you have a slow but steady weight loss.
2. The Attitude of Sacrifice
Another common mistake is to view your diet as a period of sacrifice. You do not allow yourself the foods that you enjoy most while you are on your way to your target weight. You may have a great diet plan and be very successful in losing weight, but what happens when you reach your goal? You have not learnt to eat 'bad foods' in moderation so as soon as you start, you are likely to go out of control. It is better to include a little of everything in your diet and learn to enjoy it in small quantities. Yes, even chocolate!
3. Goal Failure
Setting achievable goals is vital in any weight loss plan. Goals should be clear, realistic and set out in writing. While you probably do have an ideal weight in your mind, unless you are only very slightly overweight it is probably too distant to be useful. A more useful goal would be to lose two pounds per week for the first five weeks and then one pound per week after that. Some weeks you will lose more and some less, some weeks you may even gain, but if you track your progress on a graph you will see that ups and downs are natural and do not stop you progressing steadily toward your major goal.
If you have been making these mistakes, do not worry. The most important point in dieting as in so many other things is to move on. Learn from your failures as well as your success and do not use a mistake as an excuse for giving up. The only way to achieve your goal permanently is to make a commitment to become a healthier person. Remember that eating normally includes eating more some days and less others. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you have every chance of avoiding these bad diet mistakes.
|Posted on October 3, 2015 at 1:50 PM||comments (69)|
Do you want to lose 15 pounds fast? Would that be pounds of fat, water or muscle?
You see, when people talk about losing weight, they don't always comprehend exactly what that means. Most people automatically connect weight with fat, but that's not accurate.
If you want to lose 15 pounds just so it looks better on the scale readout, then it probably doesn't matter whether you lose fat, water or muscle. If you want to lose that extra bulge around your middle, then you're looking to lose 15 pounds of fat fast.
Regardless of whether you want to lose fat or pounds, it's important to know that water makes up part of that loss. In fact, during the first few days of any diet, water makes up the majority of loss.
There are countless sites on the internet that claim to be able to show you how to lose 15 pounds fast. What they don't always tell you is that losing weight fast can be dangerous to your health. Of course, it all depends on what you consider 'fast'. For some people, a month would be fast while others see it as something more immediately, like a few days or a week.
The most realistic goal would be to lose 15 pounds in a month, because that's far more achievable. Still, it can be risky if you don't approach your weight loss correctly.
If you want to lose 15 pounds fast, it can't be all water, which is the easiest to shed. Your body needs water to survive. Deprive it of too much water and it will begin to break down.
Starvation or near starvation isn't the answer either. In fact, not eating will cause your body to retain and even gain weight. When your body isn't getting enough nutrients, warnings go off. In a desperate effort to survive, it hangs onto everything you feed it, which adds weight.
The best way to lose 15 pounds fast is by eating foods such as meat that use more of your energy to digest it. You could eat nothing but meat, but that wouldn't be healthy either. Your body needs a well-rounded diet that provides all the required nutrients. You can eat a well-balanced diet and still lose weight if you know which foods to choose.
Before starting your weight loss plan, take measurements of your body including your weight and fat content. Special callipers (usually part of a weight loss or fitness center's tool kit) are used to measure fatty tissue on various areas of your body. Keep these figures handy so you can see your progress.
Here are some things you can do to lose 15 pounds fast.
1) Avoid foods that cause water retention, like salt. Cut back on salt and you'll begin to shed weight.
2) Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day to keep your body's digestive process working.
3) Add foods that use more energy to digest, including meat, chicken, salmon, asparagus, cheese, carrots, squash and green beans.
4) Drink water throughout the day as this helps boost your metabolism.
5) Exercise to build muscle, because muscle increases your metabolism naturally.
Re-take your measurements about every week or two and if you aren't seeing results, adjust your weight loss plan accordingly.
Stay loyal to your plan and you can lose 15 pounds fast.