Many people jump into a weight loss plan without having an idea of what they are doing and how to do it properly. No two people are alike and our bodies are different, so the weight loss plan that works for me, may not work for you. Before starting any weight loss or diet plan check with your doctor first. Here are ten of the biggest weight loss mistakes I see people making all the time.
1) Not having follow up plan.
Trying to lose weight fast without a social support to back you up will lead to a failed weight loss plan. First, have your doctor, RN, a personal trainer, your workout partner, your significant other, your roommates, and your friends all behind your weight loss or diet plan. Research shows that you’ll benefit most from a health professional (i.e. a trainer) and a workout partner that is also successful. By having yourself checkout by a doctor and getting him/her behind you is your first step to success.
2) Not having a well written or structured plan
I served in the military for 30 years, and one of the things I learned in the military was that you must have a well thought out plan to accomplish any mission. We also would say no plan survives initial contact. So be prepared to make Biofit modifications to your plan.
3) No variety.
After several weeks or dieting and working out, you need to mix things up a little. Have a diet or weight loss plan that changes your routine after several weeks.
4) Failing to understand that what goes into your body plays a key role.
Exercising is a good way to lose weight and lose fat, but you also have to watch what you eat and when you eat.
5) Not knowing your limits.
In order for any fast weight loss plan or easy weight loss goal to be accomplished, you have to know your limits. You must set weight loss goals for yourself and know your milestones. You should set milestones that you want to achieve to get to your ideal weight. Without weight loss goals and an end state, you are just setting yourself up for failure.
6) And finally, focus on quality over quantity.
The “volume approach to fat loss” from the 1980’s (characterized by lots of cardio and lots of carbs) didn’t work. For good reason. Stick to high quality nutrition, and high-quality training.
7) Not eating right
Eat five or six meals a day. This spreads meals over the course of a day rather than just eating one or two large meals a day which is not good on the body.
8) Taking in too much sugar
Limit your consumption of sugar or processed foods. This includes soft drinks, frozen dinners, even “sports drinks” – Gatorade, vitamin water, all those types of drinks. You should also limit your intake of processed foods and deli meats.
9) Failing to eat fruits and vegetables
Eat more fruits and vegetables. This provides you lots of vitamins and minerals, they’re going to boost your health; they are not very calorie-dense, so you’re going to be able to eat a large volume of food without getting in many calories.