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Are You Making These 4 Diet Mistakes?

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If you’re like most of us, you’ve tried one weight loss program after another without ever being successful for long. This could be because you’re making these 4 weight loss diet mistakes. You can be given the best diet plan in the world, but it won’t work if your attitude is wrong.  

The following 4 major weight loss diet mistakes are responsible for hundreds or thousands of people going off their weight loss plan and failing to achieve the weight loss that they deserve. Take the time to consider if these mistakes have been sabotaging your success.

1. Expecting Perfection

Nobody is perfect. We’ve all heard that statement countless times, but many of us still find it hard to apply it to ourselves and our diets. We take an all-or-nothing approach, thinking we must stick to our diet plan 100% of the time, perfectly, or there’s no point following it at all. 

This puts huge pressure on us and makes us feel terrible if we slip up. It also means that after a slip-up we are likely to think, “I’ve messed up yet another diet, I just can’t do this,” or “This diet doesn’t work,” and abandon it. In short, perfection-related diet mistakes mean that we will use the smallest slip-up as an excuse for a massive binge.

This problem is worst for dieters who like to follow very restricted plans where no treats are allowed. Inevitably, life gets in the way and instead of planning how to cope with the challenge of a party or a wedding, they try to eat nothing all day and then cave in, abandoning the diet completely resulting one more miserable weight loss failure. 

A healthier attitude would be to think of your diet not as a temporary weight loss diet but as a eating plan without a deadline. Instead think of implementing changes in your diet to improve your health and you can live with the rest of your life. With this attitude you will feel better about small setbacks with poor eating choices and free you up to find better solutions to the frequent eating celebrations you enjoy.  Instead of thinking about all your diet mistakes, slips and gains as just another failure think of it as a learning experience then develop strategies to help you towards a lifetime of health.  Perfection is more about being your personal best, not comparing yourself to someone or something else. 

2. The Band-Aid Attitude to Dieting

Many dieters see their weight loss plan as a temporary fix that they will use for a brief time and then abandon as soon as they have reached their target weight. This is known as the Band-Aid approach to dieting, and it’s the second of our major diet mistakes. 

This Band-Aid approach is looking for a quick fix at all costs, throwing caution to the wind but who cares, you’ll look great in that new outfit you just picked up. This approach encourages you to see your weight loss diet as a temporary measure. We’ve all been tempted by those “sexy” diets. Remember the Ice Cream Diet, The 3 Day Diet, The Grapefruit Diet, Xstreme Weight Loss Diet, The Rice Diet just to name a few, These diets always are very restrictive, lasting only a brief time, are guaranteed quick weight loss then pretty much quickly followed by quick weight gain 99% of the time. 

Even if you only have a few pounds to lose, it’s much better to pick an eating plan that gives you flexibility. You need something that you can follow for weeks, months or even years. In fact, you need something that will allow you to live your life in the healthiest way possible. 

Instead of using a band-aid, you need a healthy diet eating plan that will become like a new skin: a permanent way of eating that will enable you to maintain your goal weight after you achieve it.

3. Setting the Wrong Goals

That leads us to the third of our big diet mistakes: setting the wrong or mostly unreasonable goals. To create success in achieving your weight loss goals make sure your goals are clear, set out in steps with a timeline and achievable. This means that as well as having an idea of your ideal weight or clothes size, also set action steps with smaller goals along the way, most importantly reward yourself for each one achieved by doing something nice for yourself.  

One common mistake is to make too big goals. Lofty goals are admirable however it takes a long time to achieve them and can be disappointing. Small goals are easier and faster to achieve creating many quick successes. Success always builds on success followed by many rewards. Be flexible about your final goal: as you approach it, you may want to change it. That’s OK. 

4. Thinking all Diets are Equal 

According to recent studies an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and Americans spend $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. What’s that all about? 

It’s important to keep in mind, losing weight is no mystery. To lose weight all you need to do is stop eating. The longer amount of time you spend not eating the quicker you will lose the weight. You can just stop eating or you can take pills, potions, restrict your calories with wacky food choices and combinations however they all result in some form of starvation resulting in an eventual weight gain. 

The avoid this roller coaster ride of weight gain – weight loss which is bad for your body and how you feel about yourself pick a weight loss plan that results in better health. The best diet is the one that includes a wide variety of whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds as close to nature as possible.  Aim for three fourths of your plate with each meal be filled with fruits and vegetables just like the USDA recommends. Admittedly It’s not easy getting in all those fruits and vegetables in but there is help.  

The diet that reduces the likelihood of making 4 weight loss diet mistakes is the SHRED10™ researched and developed by The Juice Plus Company. The SHRED10™ is a product, a program and comes with a health coach. People report after following the plan for only 10 days, they wake up easier, sleep better, have more energy, lose weight and begin to feel the signs of better health. The participants in this program experience the connection between food and how you feel encouraging you to stay with the program. The weight loss is wonderful, but the research proving your body gets healthier every day you follow the program is powerful. The SHRED10™ is a program you can really live with! 

Always remember the best diet helps to protect you against future weight gain, makes you healthier and prevents future disease all at the same time.  If you avoid these diet mistakes and have the right attitude toward dieting, you will be able to achieve a weight that you’re happy with and be healthier because of it – and that is much more important than numbers.

Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS. BA.

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