The 10 Most Common Mistakes of Serial Dieters – Part 2

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I know it feels a bit funny to say this, almost……….blasphemous even?  But why do we have to have all our bank holidays together like that?

Why can’t we just spread them out and have one every other month or something?  It discombobulates me to have to keep popping off every other weekend!  Yes I know! I’m a big moany groany – bite me!  🙂

I was thinking about how we define how we matter this week.  I mean how much of our time we spend trying to prove that we are loved, that we are important, that we are special………….that we matter in other words.

And unfortunately so much of that comes down to what we look like in this day and age.  And if we conform to a physical ‘norm’.  I have spent almost all of last week dealing with my 13 year old daughter worrying about being too fat.  [I was a child bride ok??!]

She has a Swedish upper half and an Indian bottom half, is not even slightly fat; but is curvy and it’s really the stuff of nightmares for a teenage girl in London.  All she wants to be is thin and plank like!  And all she is NEVER going to be is plank-like …………unless she’s anorexic.

Unfortunately she’s worked that out and made a determined effort to achieve that goal.  But she loves food too much and I’m a cow as a mum so it’s not really working for her.

So she is utterly miserable ………………and as a parent really you are only ever as happy as your unhappiest child.  Sigh.

So I’m trying to make her understand that she matters – just as she is.  That being beautiful, special, amazing is more than just her appearance.  In fact it’s more that the curve of her very cute bottom.

And that is why I came up with these dieting rules.

I hate diets.  I always eat 10 times more when I diet.  So I gave them up.  But if you must diet, then these rules should help keep you healthy along the way.

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Part 2 – the 10 Most Common Mistakes of Serial Dieters 

Bad Habit #6: Only dieting and not exercising.

This is the most common reason weight loss stalls. Cutting calories makes you hungry, lethargic or miserable. Yet by exercising you can eat more and still lose weight. Plus, you’ll get all the amazing physical and mental benefits that come from exercising, including improved appearance, better muscle tone and a healthier body overall.

Smart Fix: Add exercise to your plan today. Just 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference in your results. Look at HITT training.

Bad Habit #7: Trying to eat as little as possible.

You need to eat a certain amount of food to function & get all the essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Eating much less can cause serious problems in the long term and damage your metabolism, making weight loss even harder and even your fertility going forward.  Especially if you work out and don’t eat.

Smart Fix: Work out a healthy diet and follow it.

Bad Habit #8: Giving up too easily.  

No person who ever lost weight successfully was perfect all the time. Setbacks happen to everyone, even the most successful people. We’ve all made a poor food decision during a meal—or even for an entire day. We’ve all missed workouts. But you need to forgive yourself, learn from your slip-ups, and just keep right on going.
Smart Fix: When you do make a mistake or feel like you’re not making enough progress, don’t give up. Change requires time and old habits die hard. When you feel yourself ready to give up, reach out for some support and keep on truckin’.

Bad Habit #9: Confusing “healthy” with “low-calorie.”

Research shows that when shoppers see “healthy” buzz words or claims like: gluten-free, organic, all-natural, sugar-free, low-fat, etc. they automatically assume the food is low in calories. This couldn’t be further from the truth. None of these words really tell you much about the healthfulness of a product; and none of them actually have any affect on a food’s calories.

Smart Fix: Read front-of-package labels and always turn over the package and look at the nutrition facts (and ingredients) to get a full picture of what a food is really like. Don’t let healthy-sounding words make you think a food is actually low in calories.

Bad Habit #10: Unrealistic expectations.

These days with news stories, advertisements and reality shows touting fast and extreme weight loss as the norm, it can be easy to think that you are capable of those kinds of results, too. But in truth, these are extreme and abnormal results that most people cannot expect to replicate. These unrealistic expectations will set you up for failure. There’s nothing worse than expecting to lose 10 pounds in your first week, but to only lose one.

Smart Fix: Change your expectations and your mindset. If you expect to lose 10 pounds in one week, then losing 1 pound is a major letdown. But if you expect to lose 1 pound and you did, you feel successful and inspired to keep working toward your goals. Losing 1-2 pounds per week—even half a pound—is major progress that should be commended. This is a healthy and realistic rate of weight loss that you can expect if you’re sticking to your nutrition and fitness goals.


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