Dieting is never easy. Counting calories, swapping out favorite meals and snacks for a healthier variety and keeping motivation and willpower high is definite work. While there are outside factors that can prove to be distracting and potentially harmful to your diet efforts, there are also factors that begin and end with you, that can quickly squash your dreams of fitting into a smaller size. This article will outline several ways in which you can sabotage your diet efforts and cause your new, healthier lifestyle to end before it really even begins.
Weigh Yourself Every Day. Weight fluctuates day to day due to a variety of factors, not the least of which is water retention. If you have just started a diet plan and relentlessly step on a scale, you may feel discouraged after it seems as though you not only didn’t lose, but actually gained a pound or two. Even if you didn’t gain any weight, failing to see the scale go down after just a few days of denying yourself cake, chips or other favorite treats may lead to a feeling of failure. Limit the weigh-ins to once a week and remember that the weight didn’t go on overnight and won’t come off overnight either.
Indulge In Alcohol. Although a glass of red wine a day is considered to be part of a healthy lifestyle, indulging in any alcohol during the first phases of dieting is a bad idea. One glass of wine or beer can lead to two, three or more. Not only does this add to the overall calories consumed for that day, alcohol lowers inhibitions. That bowl of chips and dip you happily ignored a few hours ago may suddenly call your name much louder and clearer. A few drinks can make that high fat snack much more appealing.
Giving Up After One Slip. Adopting a healthier lifestyle is a process. There are peaks and valleys, giant successes and bends in the road. Slip ups do occur, and often when you least expect them. The trick is to get right back on track and not let those extra calories deter you from your goals. If those brownies or nachos simply got the best of you today, start again tomorrow with a renewed determination. In the beginning of a diet, the memories of favorite, but unhealthy foods are still very fresh in your mind, After all, it was only a few days ago that you were sipping margaritas and noshing on tortilla chips and cheese with wild abandon. After the first week of drinking sparkling water with lemon and crunching on carrot sticks, those “taste” memories are not as strong and easier to forget.
Skip Breakfast. It is very important to make a healthy and filling breakfast part of your diet plan in the first week. No matter what diet plan you choose, you will be tempted to snack in between meals or sneak in an old favorite during lunch or dinner. A satisfying and healthy breakfast starts you off every morning in the first days of your diet with a full stomach and the mental fortitude needed to get through the first week of your commitment to a healthier, slimmer life.
The first week of any diet can be the hardest. Avoiding these common pitfalls can help to ensure that one week becomes two, two becomes three and eventually crosses over from “dieting” to just healthy living.