There is a lot of information everywhere about the best way to lose weight and keep it off, but we haven’t found too much information about the mistakes people make. Here’s a list of the top ten mistakes people make when trying to lose those extra pounds and keep them off.
- Finding a diet you can’t commit to permanently. Most people look for the quick fix, and many shrewd diet marketers take advantage of people’s powerful urge to drop pounds fast. If you want to try a fast weight loss plan or product, ask yourself if it’s one you can commit to for the rest of your life. If the answer is no, then it probably won’t work for you for the long term.
- Not exercising. Research shows, according to National Weight Control Registry, that people who exercise are more likely to lose weight and keep it off permanently. If you don’t like to exercise, then go for short walks. Walking for even a few minutes a day will help you lose weight and improve your health.
- Not getting enough sleep. Lots of research has shown that not getting a good night’s rest affects your hormones, which can make you sluggish and increase your cravings during the day. Be sure to get at least seven to ten hours a night of sleep.
- Not keeping a food diary. Research shows that people who track what they eat are more successful at losing weight than those who don’t track their food intake. Keeping a record of what you eat every day will keep you mindful all throughout the day of the number of calories you’re consuming. Research shows that people eat more than think they do. Another area where people tend to underestimate the number of calories they consume is with what they’re drinking. Those high-end coffee drinks and alcoholic drinks probably have a lot more calories than you think.
- Watching too much television. Statistics show that those who watch too much television tend to be overweight or obese. People who cut back their television viewing time to only a few hours a week, tend to lose weight and keep it off (National Weight Control Registry).
- Skipping breakfast. Skipping your morning meal may seem like it’s saving you a lot of calories, but studies show, according to WebMD, that people who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
- Not drinking enough water. If you let yourself get dehydrated, your metabolism will slow down and you’ll burn fewer calories. Research suggests that adults who drink at least 8 or more glasses of water every day burn more calories compared to those who don’t drink enough water.
- Eating at fast-food restaurants more than once a week. According to WebMD, one long-term study revealed that people who ate two or more times a week at fast-food restaurants gained 10 pounds more compared to those who only ate at fast-food restaurants once a week.
- Eating too many low-fat foods. The problem with low-fat foods is there are usually extra calories to make them taste good. Avoid eating too many low-fat foods. Be sure to check the label for the carbohydrates and calories before loading up on low-fat foods.
- Not weighing yourself at the same time every day. Your weight will fluctuate all throughout the day depending on different factors like water weight. Be sure to weigh yourself at the same time every day, so you don’t get discouraged.
What do you think are the biggest mistakes people make when trying to lose weight?