Pitfalls to Avoid When Trying to Lose Weight

Lee Hansen By Lee Hansen, 30th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Are you trying to lose weight successfully? Read about some pitfalls to avoid when attempting to do this.

Think Lifestyle Change Not Just Weight Loss

Losing weight successfully takes a lot of hard work. However, instead of looking at this endeavor as losing weight, look at it as making a major lifestyle change. Years ago I successfully lost weight but it quickly came back because I returned to my old eating behavior. I was more excited about seeing the pounds come off than doing what was necessary to maintain it. Here are some tips to avoid on your weight loss journey.

Setting Unrealistic Goals and Lacking Confidence

The weight didn't come on overnight. Why would we expect it to come off in that amount of time? Slow and steady will win the race if you set your eyes on the ultimate prize.

Change Your Attitude, Stay Positive and Focused

The more you stay on course the more confidence you will gain.

Block out the voices of those who berate your efforts and try to discourage you. Perhaps they need to lose weight too but haven't done anything about it. And by all means don't put yourself down by wondering how you got so big in the first place. Address the problem and aim for the best solution.

Eating Habits and Journaling

If you refuse to better monitor and gauge what you are eating then you probably aren't serious enough to take on the challenge. Use a smaller plate. It's the little things that will make the difference.

Journaling is the best way to actually see what you are eating on a regular basis. Be truthful in writing down everything you eat. In time you will see those "red flags" that may be hindering you.

Physical Activity, Laziness and Procrastination

Exercise and proper food choices must work together to achieve your goal. It's hard to do one without the other to ensure any long-term success.

Just do it!! There's no time like the present to make a positive change in your life. The time for excuses is over.

Major setbacks

Life is full of changes. This could include the loss of a job, loved one, financial troubles or a major illness. Look at these situations as a temporary pause. But be determined to get back on track when emotionally and physically able.

Hollywood Beauty/Overly Obsessed

Looking at the Hollywood entertainers who seemingly are flawless in every way would be enough to discourage anyone. Don't try imitating them. Be yourself.

While it's good to be focused, don't allow it to rule your every waking thoughts. It's not necessary to weigh yourself every day. Refuse to let it be the majority of your conversation when talking to people.

With a proper attitude and strong determination you will reach your weight loss goals and be happier and healthier because of it.


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Confidence, Eating Habits, Exercise, Food Journal, Goals, Hollywood, Hollywood Types, Journal, Just Do It, Laziness, Lifestyle Change, Losing Weight, Positive Attitude, Procrastination, Setting Unrealistic Goals, Weight Loss

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar HacBao
30th Aug 2014 (#)

Then again I'm trying to gain weight

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author avatar Lee Hansen
30th Aug 2014 (#)

HacBao, thanks. Be careful with your trying to gain weight too.

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author avatar HacBao
30th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you for reminding Lee.
  Sorry, but it seems you got older, I should call you how to properly polite?

(I'm a Vietnam, so I hope you somewhat answer questions is not?)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
30th Aug 2014 (#)

Lee is fine, HacBao.

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author avatar HacBao
30th Aug 2014 (#)

I know, Lee

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author avatar Delicia Powers
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

At 64 I am not looking for model perfection...lol...and in truth this altar thin obsession scares me a little...my idea of going on a diet is giving up snacks and making sweets a rarer treat... keeping busy helps ...l like your reasonable approach Lee ...well said...!...

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author avatar Lee Hansen
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

D I'm lol too. I have long given up on that model of perfection too. It ain't gonna happen. Your approach is a good goal.

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