The act of weight loss, fat loss and dieting in general has become so complicated due to the amount of misconceptions, crazy diets and nutritional scams which are now available. Here are my top tips to avoid dieting mistakes and help you improve your weight loss journey.
- Do not ‘diet’. Unless you are competing for a specific event or competition, weight loss and healthy living should be seen as a lifestyle, not a diet. Improve your eating habits and include regular exercise for a sustainable and healthy weight loss regime.
- Do not cut out complete food groups. Each food group contains essential nutrients which our bodies need for health and optimal functioning. For example, reaching for low-carb, low-fat food will lead to macro and micro nutrients being missed from our diets and intensify cravings.
- Do not label food as ‘good’ and ‘bad’. For weight loss to be sustainable and healthy, it is important to think ‘moderation not elimination’. Every food can be part of a balanced diet (yes, even chocolate!) but if specific foods become labelled this is likely to lead to an unhealthy relationship with food and heightened cravings.
- Do not focus on the scale. Although the scale is a tool to measure progress, it should not be the only way. Body weight can fluctuate daily due to hormones, stress, water retention etc. Focus on how you feel and how you look to measure your progress.
- Be unrealistic. For success in weight loss we should set small, attainable weekly goals which will lead to sustainable long term weight loss. Setting difficult, unrealistic goals will more often than not lead to failure due to discouraging results.
- Use diet pills/supplements. My advise is, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! Weight loss will happen when you commit to a lifestyle change.