I went on a diet for the first time about five years ago. For the past four and a half years, my weight has been going up and down as I tried every diet and exercise program under the sun. Nothing seemed to work for me. Until six months ago, I enrolled in a weight workshop that taught me to change my outlook on food. It was then that I realized that I had made many mistakes in my quest to lose weight.
In this article, I’m going to share with you eight mistakes I made in my quest to lose weight. I hope that by sharing my experiences with others around the world via the Internet, I can help people avoid the mistakes I have made. Here are the eight mistakes I made when trying to lose weight.
- I started to skip breakfast
Most people trying to lose weight believe that simply eating less and skipping meals will help get rid of that fat. And breakfast really is an easy meal to skip. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make on a weight-loss diet. If you leave the house on an empty stomach in the morning, you are much more likely to eat more with morning tea and at lunch. And calories you eat for breakfast are easily burned during the day.
- I would eat one day and not the next
I would literally eat more than 2000 calories in one day, feel guilty and eat about 700 calories the next day. If you starve yourself all day, you are much more likely to eat more in the evening, which will not help you lose weight. You should consume most of your calories in the morning.
- I bought diet food
When I went shopping, I always looked for the foods marked diet, low fat, healthy, etc. This is a good practice to get into, but I bought these foods for the wrong reason. I bought this food because in my mind it meant I could do more. I would totally ignore the portion size. Eating diet foods in large portions is not doing yourself any favors.
- I thought I would always be fat
This is a mindset that you must break if you are serious about losing weight. Sometimes it feels like you are doing the right things and not making progress, this is completely natural. You need to focus on being happy and healthy and achieving your goals. Try not to get caught up in “the big picture.”
- I started eating salads as a main meal
Eating salad is a good way to keep your calorie intake low, right? Yes, a meal salad has a lot fewer calories than a pizza, but does it have the satisfaction? When you eat, your mind should get some satisfaction from what you just ate. I found that when I was eating salads for meals a few hours later, I was back in the cupboard looking for more food. I learned that I was better off eating a balanced meal with a little more calories than just eating a salad and then snacking in between.
- I started my new diet on Monday
When I found a new diet that I decided I was going to try, I always started it on Mondays. This meant that I would eat all weekend like I would never eat again. In doing this, I just put myself in failure.
- I was very embarrassed to go to the gym
Taking the plunge and joining a gym was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I was always worried that people in the gym would stare at me and talk about me. I really thought I was too fat to participate. My advice is to join a gym! You will be glad you did. I look forward to going to the gym now.
- I have set my goals too high
Setting long-term goals is great, but these goals always seem too far off. You need to set smaller, more achievable goals that you can achieve regularly to keep your motivation high. Set weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals. Once you hit a short-term goal, set a new goal for next week.
So there you have it, those are the mistakes I made. I now look at weight loss from a completely different perspective and it has paid off. I now help others lose weight and stay healthy.