Top 5 worst weight loss mistakes

Top 5 worst weight loss mistakes

The biggest mistake is doing too much, too soon.

1. Doing too much, too soon

The biggest mistake people make is attempting to change too much, too soon.

For example:

Telling yourself, “Starting Monday, I’m going to exercise every day for 60 minutes, cut out all sugar, and eat salads for lunch and dinner”.

This type of thinking is very common among all-or-nothing thinkers and dieters. Drastic changes will not last and will only lead to frustration and a feeling of failure.

The only way to achieve permanent weight loss is to make small and gradual changes to your lifestyle, one at a time.

2. Thinking you can lose weight and keep it off without exercise.

The recommended amount of cardiovascular exercise for weight loss is:

  • 45-60 minutes a day
  • 5-7 days a week

More than 2,700 members of the National Weight Control Registry lost an average of nearly 73 lbs with this amount of exercise.

3. Not eating enough

In general, the minimum number of calories your body needs each day is:

Men: 1500 calories
Women: 1200 calories

These calorie levels are rough estimates of your resting metabolism, or the minimum number of calories your body needs each day to function efficiently, even if you’re just resting.

4. Expecting quick results

On average, expect to lose no more than 1-2 pounds a week.

Despite what infomercials lead you to believe, weight loss takes time; it’s a slow process that takes continuous hard work.

If it took you 10 years to put the weight on, it’s not going to come off in 10 days or 10 weeks.

5. Giving up when you don’t lose weight

Too many people stop exercising and eating healthy just because they don’t see a certain number on the scale.

Success is so much more than a number on the scale; it’s about observing changes in the shape of your body, improving health conditions, feeling better, sleeping better, getting stronger, and enjoying a better quality of life.

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About the Author was created by Stephanie Averkamp, a recognized health and fitness professional and sole-author of the content on this website. Stephanie's approach to weight loss emphasizes making small, realistic, and permanent lifestyle changes. Read more...

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