Starting a new weight-loss plan can be haunting, and honestly, a bit frustrating. You work extensively to eat less, but still find the number on the scale discouraging, or you torture yourself mentally for eating that slice of margherita pizza. The truth is, losing weight is not easy, but it’s also not impossible. To ensure you’re on the right track, we have identified the most common mistakes brides make when beginning a new diet and what they can do to avoid them.
Don’t cut out your favourite foods
Whether it’s cheese pizza or your grandmother’s gulab jamuns, everyone has favourite foods that don’t fit into a weight-loss plan. However, depriving yourself of a certain food makes you crave for it even more, which tends to overeating. The best way to fight those cravings is to enjoy your favourite snack every now and then but in moderation. Treat yourself to your favourite ice cream cone once a month. Order pizza on a Friday after a week of work, but stack on a a green salad during the week.
Losing weight doesn’t mean you should starve yourself from food. In fact, allowing yourself to be too hungry during the day can leads to overeating. Instead, focus on eating every two to four hours to control hunger pangs and regulate your metabolism.
Don’t blindly rely on willpower
Willpower is important, but it’s not always the best way to adhere to a diet. Instead, take an “out of sight, out of mind” approach by changing your environment to eliminate tempting foods in your home or workspace.
Don’t do it alone
You’re much more likely to be successful if you team up with a partner who has similar weight-loss or exercise goals. With others holding you responsible, you’ll feel more obligated to adhere to your diet or workout routine.
Don’t think dieting is just about food
We all have different emotional relationships with food. Few eat when stressed or sad, while others eat to celebrate. Practice mindful eating by realising how your emotions affect your food choices, then by creating a plan to combat cravings.
Don’t Expect Instant Results
Today’s society craves instant results. However, when it comes to weight loss, patience is a important.