Summer's just around the corner (for some places its already here) and getting back into that favorite pair of jeans, shorts, or skirt would be a nice treat for the season. The problem is the simple diet mistakes that are keeping you back. If it seems as if the scale is broke, or your weight is in a yo-yo cycle (going down and bouncing back up), then there's a chance that you've fallen victim to one of the following 7 fat loss bloopers.
1. Relying on Fad Diets
Come on now- Its 2011 and you're STILL being bamboozled into trying crash diets? You wanna lose 15 lbs in a hurry and you turn to the new diet that's being pumped up by your favorite magazine. It calls for you to only consume lemonade or chicken soup each day. And yea, you cut your calorie intake to 1100. What's the problem with that? Well, when you eat so few calories, you train your metabolism to slow down. You end up losing weight, but not body fat. Instead you lose muscle and water weight. You end up with droopy folds of flabby, loose, skin. Ewwww!
2. Ditching Breakfast
Playing hooky at breakfast time may seem like a simple way to cut down on your eating, but what you're really doing is setting yourself up for failure for the rest of the day. You feel starved at work and, naturally, there aren't any healthy snacks around therefore, you go BIG during lunch. On the flip side, by eating a breakfast that consists of high protein and fiber, you can side-step that tendency to overeat during lunch.
3. Going About Your Snacks Mindlessly
Do you actually take into account those nibbles of food you take between meals? You have those yogurt-coated pretzels at your desk, those cupcakes at the party at work, a piece of candy that your son gave you. All these seemingly small things could sabotage your goals. The best thing to do to keep track of what you're eating would be to write down what you're eating in a food journal.
4. Drinking Your Calories
Loading up on drinks is an easy way to get fat. When you take into account these coffees with fancy names, juices, sodas and alcoholic beverages, you'll see that the calories add up. The bad part is that liquid doesn't fill you up. These drinks won't suppress your hunger.
5. Stepping On the Scale Every Day
Want to be frustrated? Would you like to feel hopeless? Then weigh yourself every day. Look, when you're going after your fat loss goal, weighing in once a week or every two weeks would give you more clarity as to where you're at. Its highly unlikely that you're going to lose one pound in one day. I think you know that, so what are you looking for when you weigh-in every day?
6. Setting Unrealistic Goals
Do you know what setting yourself up for failure would be? Telling yourself that you want to lose 15 lbs. in one week. You know you won’t be able to do it, so why start in the first place? Let's say you do start dieting and working out vigorously for a week and you manage lose 4 lbs. As good as that is, you'd still be discouraged! Yes, setting big goals are great, but only for long term.
7. Avoiding Exercise
If you don't exercise you won't burn fat and raise your metabolism. Point blank. Here's the doozy, when you are active daily, you can eat some of the things you like – and still lose weight. Find something that's fun AND effective and you'll find it easy to stick with. Before you know it, you'll be walking around looking like a fitness model.
P.S. We at Xcelerated Training are raising money in support of First Steps, Inc. They are a center that provides educational services to children with special needs and medical conditions. So for every person that join our boot camp, we will donate $100 to help educate and care for children with special needs.
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