The 3 worst mistakes you can make trying to lose weight

Why do so many people try to lose weight making these absolute 3 worst mistakes anybody can make? Maybe it’s because they are promoted so often by “experts” that people don’t see the folly in them.

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1. Giving up favorite foods. This can either be just one or two specific foods such as chocolate and cheeseburgers or it may be an entire food group such as highly processed carbs. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I’m not suggesting that chocolate, cheeseburgers and highly refined carbs can be the foundation of your eating plan. I’m saying that there’s room for these foods to be part of your plan and if you like them, or really love them, they should be included.

If you don’t include them you will probably eat them anyway and then feel as though you cheated and are addicted and more negative self-lies until you convince yourself you’ll never lose weight.

2. Skipping meals. If skipping meals isn’t already a mistake, it’s often made worse by trying to get very hungry before eating a small, tasteless, unsatisfying bit of food. The strategy seems sound. results in eating less and therefore drastically reducing calories. The benefits of skipping meals is further enhanced by eating very, low calorie foods when you finally do allow yourself to eat. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

The strategy seems sound. Skipping meals results in eating less and therefore drastically reducing calories. The benefits of skipping meals is further enhanced by eating very, low calorie foods when you finally do allow yourself to eat.

The reality is usually different than the strategy because while you’re suffering with hunger pains that never completely get satiated, your body starts to use not just stored fat, but also muscle (lean) tissue to sustain itself. As it feeds off itself, it adjusts metabolism downward to preserve its own precious life. You are actually training your body to live on fewer calories.

When you get to goal and want to eat more normally (e.g. in response to hunger and to actually feel satisfied after a meal) your body won’t need that many calories so it will take the ones it doesn’t need and store them as – yup – fat!

3. Waiting for the “right time” to start with your weight loss plan. If there are “right” times then there are also “wrong” times. Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 8.52.38 AM

The right time/wrong time sets you up for starts and stops which is another way of saying, a cycle of losses and gains. That cycle might be okay is the losses were always considerably more than the gains. The net result would be a modest weight loss and that is certainly a good thing. Indeed, a modest weight loss of only 5% of your body weight can do amazing things for your health.

More often, though, the weight lost during the right time is far surpassed by weight gains during the wrong time. That means every time a “right” time comes around again there is even more weight that needs to be removed. It gets discouraging and some people come to the conclusion there will never be a right time.

If you recognize any of these mistakes because you have experienced them for yourself, be smart by learning from your mistakes. Start a new weight loss plan today. Make sure it:

  • includes every and all foods and teaches you how to control them within the context of weight loss
  • doesn’t require you skip meals or leaves you feeling hungry
  • isn’t linked to a special day on the calendar but rather the belief that “every day is a good day!”

Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.