5 Things to STOP doing if you want sustainable weight loss
All or nothing thinking. No one is perfect and no perfect diet exists. There are healthier food choices and making healthier food choices most of the time or even some of the time is better than always or never. 15 minutes of exercise is better than none.
Restrictive, fad diets. These diets are too hard to maintain. You'll probably lose some water weight and muscle mass and feel like you're constantly hungry. You'll be stressed about when you can eat again and what you'll get to eat. You'll begin to miss eating some of the foods you used to eat for enjoyment. When your will power fades and you go back to your old way of eating/lifestyle, you'll gain the weight back as body fat. Since your metabolism will have slowed down to accommodate the restricted fuel you were giving to your body, it will be harder to lose weight the next time you find a new diet to go on. Instead look for a plan that includes all foods.
Trying to make too many changes at once. Making too many changes at one time is overwhelming for most people. If it feels too hard, it's easy to give up. Instead try getting used to one healthy new habit first then work on adding more in.
Adopting a plan that a celebrity or influencer has done or claimed to have done. Just because a celebrity is rumored to, or an influencer claims to have lost weight following some plan or supplement, or has your ideal body, doesn't mean it will be the right approach for you. Maybe there is a better plan for you that will get you to your healthiest body and make you feel great! Work with a registered dietitian to find what works best for you.
Stop expecting instant results. Remember that sustainable weight loss takes time and patience. You're changing habits, nourishing your body, getting more movement, and learning how to eat healthier on a consistent basis. It doesn't happen in a matter of a couple weeks. Be patient with yourself, it will be worth it!
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