Have you chosen to make some dramatic lifestyle modifications? Would you consider yourself a beginner at following a weight loss plan? If so, it is important you can identify some of the most common mistakes many beginners make when they first start out with their diet. Sadly, some of these mistakes can cost them their success, leading them to toss in the towel and just give up their plan of losing weight altogether.
Steer clear of these, and you will be off to a better path…
Mistake No. 1: Not Learning How To Count Calories And Macros. The first and the most prominent mistake you could make is not counting calories or macronutrients (macros) at all. Yes, it can feel like a drag sometimes, but if you want to ensure you are going to see optimal results, it is worth it to spend some time counting calories and macros.
Counting calories and macros gives you a much better idea of exactly how much you are taking in and, as a result, will allow you to ensure you are not going over your target number each day. If you do go over your daily target, you will not see your desired results, plain and simple.
Mistake No. 2: Too Much, Too Soon. Another issue is the “too much, too soon” error. People think they can overhaul their diet plan entirely, adopting a whole new strategy. Usually, this backfires. Our eating habits are primarily engraved in our behavior patterns, so if we make too many adjustments at once, it just leads to us giving up.
Start small; one change here or there. If you do this then over time, it will add up to more significant results.
Mistake No. 3: Being Too Strict. The last mistake often made is being overly strict. If you never allow yourself some of the foods you enjoy, eventually your body is going to rebel. You are going to be faced with not having any enjoyment with your food choices, and for most people, that is just too much.
Find a way to make a compromise: 90% of the time you eat healthily and 10% of the time you can have a bit more fun with your food. That will be the best route to success.
Keep these points in mind and do your very best to side-step any issues that may throw you off your diet altogether. Before making any final decision about your ideal body weight, consult your doctor or dietitian. If you have been overweight for many years, a realistic body weight might be higher than the BMI recommendations.