Dieting is not always easy.
In fact, it can prove a tough challenge for many people. So hereís a
little guide to avoiding things that could make you lose control and start
eating. Avoid them like plague if you wish to succeed.
1. Donít rush into the toughest diet you can find.
This is a common mistake. Many people decide in a moment of desperation to
follow a super-strict diet and fail. Donít rush into a diet that may be
too strict for you. If you donít have any dieting experience and are not
100 percent sure you can stick with the diet, then choose something else.
2. Donít lose touch with reality.
You canít realistically expect things to happen over night. When choosing
your goal, start small, but be prepared to go far. If you hear someone
saying that he lost a large number of pounds in a short time, donít make
it your goal to match his performance. Diet results are different from one
person to another.
3. Donít go to the gym too often
Another common mistake is to use the enthusiasm of the first days to hit
the gym every day. This wonít help you at all. Your body needs time to
heal and expand the muscle mass after each training session and going to
the gym every day interferes with this natural process. Besides, a week of
non-stop training could never offset ten or twenty years of couch potato
4. Donít get hard on calories.
We all know that cutting down on calories is one of the building blocks of
all diets, but you have to be careful about it. Cut down on too many
calories and your body will start storing anything it possibly can. This
is not a good way to lose weight.
5. Donít skip meals.
Some people think that skipping one or two meals could help them lose
weight faster. They donít understand that dieting is all about eating the
right food and not starving yourself.
6. Donít check the bathroom scales everyday.
Everybody is eager to see the confirmation of his or her efforts in the
shape of lost pounds, but you should not let this drive you to checking
your weight everyday. The daily fluctuations of your weight will soon have
you depressed and ready to quit dieting. And this is something you want to
7. Donít let emotions drive you.
Aside from the eagerness that drives people to check their weight every
day, there are other emotions that influence dieting. If you know youíre
used to reaching out for ice-cream or snacks when you are bored,
frustrated or angry, then you should deal with these issues and not allow
them to come between you and your purpose.
8. Donít refuse to seek help.
Not everyone was born with iron will and nerves of steel. If you need
advice or help, donít hesitate to ask it from your friends or from
professionals. Donít try to solve all problems by yourself.
9. Donít deny yourself your favorite foods.
Treats are a great way of raising your willpower and determination. Diets
are just food control methods, not prisons. So what if you eat something
forbidden once in a while, especially if that food is a favorite of yours?
If such treats are not frequent, then they will make no difference in the
10. Donít rely on your willpower alone
Use your head as well. If you wish to know how much you eat, then write
everything down and analyze the list for things that should not be there.
Sometimes hunger creeps up on you and make you eat something you
shouldnít. Be honest with yourself and keep a clear head.