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5 Common Weight Loss Mistakes That You Should Avoid

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Are you struggling to achieve your weight loss goals? Here are 5 common weight loss mistakes that could be holding you back.

Reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight is key to your emotional and physical well-being. It is also important because it can help lower your risk of disease, since excess weight has been associated with a higher risk of illnesses such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis

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5 Common Weight Loss Mistakes That You Should Avoid

You exercise regularly, and you think your diet is pretty healthy - so why aren’t you seeing the scale budge? The truth is, we’re not all experts in weight loss and these gaps in knowledge can derail your efforts to achieve your weight loss goals.

Here are some of the most common weight loss mistakes people make and how to avoid them:

1. Making Diet Deals

At one point in time, everyone has made a diet deal with themselves that go along the lines of, ‘if I eat salad for dinner, I can have chocolate cake for dessert.’ The mistake here is separating eating to lose weight with eating for good health.

You may be able to burn off the calories in the donut, but unhealthy foods are often loaded with saturated fats, sodium, and sugar, wreaking havoc on your internal body systems.

What You Should Do: Don’t swear off your favorite foods completely, as this can cause cravings. Change your attitude to indulgences from ‘let’s make a deal’ to a planned, portion-controlled treat.

2. Skipping a Meal After You’ve Slipped Up

Did you overindulge during a weekend lunch with your friends? Perhaps that one slice of pizza turned into two, or even three. When this happens, many people decide to drastically cut calories for the rest of the day, or even skip the next meal.

The problem is that you risk becoming so hungry or so anxious about overeating, that you end up doing just that.

What You Should Do: Don’t berate yourself for that extra helping. Just hit the reset button and continue eating normally, making healthy choices. We all slip up from time to time, so remember to be kind to yourself.

3. Avoiding the Scale

Certain numbers can tell you a lot about your health, whether it’s your blood pressure or cholesterol levels. The same is true for your scale. Not weighing yourself for fear that the number has gone up can deprive you of information you need for weight loss success.

What You Should Do: Remove any emotional association from stepping on the scale. Think of it as a measurement that will help guide your weight loss efforts. The number could prompt you to ramp up your exercise or continue on your current course.

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4. Being a Perfectionist

The all or nothing mentality makes it very difficult to lose weight and keep it off. Why? That sort of mindset requires making perfect choices all day, every day and that is impossible.

What You Should Do: Setbacks will occur and when they do, it’s better to have a plan in place to get back on track. Remember, the goal isn’t to transform into a perfect person, simply a healthier and happier one.

5. You Eat Anywhere

Many people are accustomed to eating wherever they happen to be: in front of the TV, in the car, standing over the kitchen counter, or at your desk. The trouble with this is that it’s hard to regulate eating when you do it in so many places.

What You Should Do: Designate certain spots as eating locations, the number one destination being your dinner table. That means sitting down to enjoy a meal or snack and limiting any distractions, such as watching TV or checking emails, while doing so.


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Are you ready to get started on your weight loss journey? To find out more about how our team of highly trained personal trainers and nutrition coaches can create a customized weight loss and eating program to help you achieve all your goals, visit our Calgary gym at 133 10555-48 ST SE.

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Shayne Jensen

Shayne has been entrenched in Health and Fitness for the better part of life. In his youth, Shayne played Soccer and Tennis. He also played multiple seasons of Hockey, Football, Baseball and competitive Squash. Being raised so close to the Rocky Mountains he developed a passion for Hiking, Mountain Biking and Snowboarding. A fierce competitor to all sports, at the young age of thirteen, Shayne found a new calling, he moved his athleticism from the courts to the gym.


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