One of the most common goals many of us have is losing weight. Whether you have just a couple of pounds to lose or you are planning on making a major lifestyle change, it takes a lot of effort and hard work. However, just as important as what you do during your weight loss< journey is what you don’t do. Keep in mind these five things you should avoid as you strive to lose weight in the coming year.
Don’t Expect Immediate Results – Anything worth having is worth waiting for–especially when it comes to weight loss. If you are losing weight in a healthy way that you will be able to keep off, you may not lose more than a pound or so per week. While the results may be slow to show, you will get there eventually if you keep it up!
Don’t Deny Yourself – As mentioned, it will take some time to reach your goals. You will have to make some sacrifices along the way but if you want to stick with your diet for the long haul you cannot completely deny yourself. If you never enjoy your favorite foods or drinks, you will eventually break down and “cheat.” Instead of completely denying yourself, limit yourself and find a way to include your favorite foods as part of your healthy lifestyle.
Don’t Rely on a “Magic Bullet” – If there really was a magic pill that could make you lose weight without changing your diet or exercising, don’t you think everyone would take it? While there are certain supplements and things that can boost your weight loss, you will still have to exercise and eat fewer calories to see results.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others – It’s easy to get down on yourself by comparing your results to others who are losing weight. Don’t do this! Every person is different and just because someone else is losing faster than you doesn’t mean that you aren’t succeeding. The only baseline you should have to compare your weight loss to is yourself.
Don’t Give Up – You will have weeks that you don’t lose anything or days where you goof up and eat donuts for breakfast. Just don’t let these small setbacks turn into big ones. Pick yourself up and keep going. Over time these bad days will balance out with your good days and you will eventually achieve your goals!
I believe the most important part of having weight loss success is being in the right mindset. If you aren’t ready to put in the hard work then it just won’t happen. It takes a lot of patience, hard work and determination. With these in mind you are sure to meet your weight loss goals!
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