So you have started to lose the weight, your clothes are getting looser, and people are commenting that you look great. Of course, they want to know your secret and you are thrilled to tell them about your Skinny Fiber. Everything seems to be going well, and then it starts. The little things that creep up and sabotage your weight loss efforts. Do you fall into the trap of committing any of these weight loss hindering activities?

 

1. Too Many Cheat Days

 

It’s not a problem to have that cake, you’ve eaten well all week. What’s one piece of cake? Not as much of a problem if you hadn’t already eaten the pie, snacked on the caramel corn, and tasted the ice cream drinks that were being made in the days before. While eating a little something extra is not really a problem, continually adding more food to your day will hinder your weight loss efforts. Chips on occasion are fine, but when they are paired with nachos, pretzels, hotdogs, cake, and other such food, your weight loss efforts will slide backwards. It is best, if you plan on having something extra, to have it all on one day, or if that is even too much, then have it during one meal on one day.

 

2. Setting Unrealistic Goals

 

Announcing on Friday that you are going to lose 25 lbs by the end of the weekend is an example of an unrealistic goal. Setting goals that are highly unattainable will set you up for a feeling of failure and dread. This isn’t about how you are going to fail. This is about how you are going to succeed. So why not make a more realistic goal of losing 1 to 2 lbs per week? Then there might be a week where you don’t lose a pound—have you failed? No. The next week you could end up losing 3lbs. Sometimes it is just the body catching up to the changes that are taking place within it.

 

3. Being Too Restrictive

 

Telling yourself that there will be no sugar, no carbs, and no junk, ever again will set you up for failure. Telling yourself that you will only eat at these times and only this one food, is also going to set you up for failure. Boredom will set in and so will the thought of eating some other food, any other food. Sometimes the restrictions people place on their eating means that they will be missing essential nutrients. Then they become more prone to colds and flu. It is best to follow the rule of changing one eating habit per week. Maybe the first week, have pop three or four days instead of seven. The next week swap out an unhealthy snack for more vegetables (while maintaining the reduced pop intake). 

 

4. Not Having A Good Weight Loss Buddy

 

Teaming up with a friend who does not have the same weight loss motivation can hinder your progress. You want to eat right and exercise and s/he wants to drown him-/herself in a super bucket of popcorn swimming in butter. Hey, s/he’ll start his/hers diet tomorrow. What’s the harm in that? Well, his/her diet will not start tomorrow, either, because s/he will have some other excuse to put it off. You, on the other hand, are ready to lose weight; you have the strength and will power, and could use a buddy to keep you going strong. It is smart to think about what is best for you when choosing a buddy. What would your ideal weight loss buddy be like? Do you know anyone who fits that description? A friend, a family member, or someone in one of your social networking circles? Connect with that person and share your weight loss goals.

 

5.  Not Committing Yourself To Weight Loss

 

Like your buddy in the above mentioned scenario, you ate well yesterday so today you will reward yourself with a big piece of cake. You have already calculated that you need to walk a for a couple hours to burn that off and you plan on doing that tomorrow anyway so you are going to indulge. Oh, ice cream too? Maybe you could add swimming tomorrow to your walking. Now you are getting tired just thinking of all the exercise you will need to do to work off the cake and ice cream you are eating today so maybe some caffeine will fix that. Not just regular coffee though, you want some tasty flavored number that has 600 calories in it. Now you have decided that you have eaten your calorie allotment for today AND tomorrow already so you might as well give up, and it is so close to the weekend so maybe we will just start on Monday. Yeah, Monday sounds good. Oh, Monday is Tina’s birthday? Maybe Tuesday, yeah Tuesday is better.

 

Weight loss will occur when you commit yourself to the process. Not dabbling with weight loss, but having clear, manageable goals that you would like to achieve, a realistic time frame, and a nice (non-food) reward when you accomplish your goals. Maybe save the money from all of the flavored coffees you will pass up and use the money to buy a new piece of clothing you can now fit into.

 

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