5 Common Weight Loss Mistakes Everyone is Making

These weight-loss insights will save you precious time and energy!

Almost anybody overweight would have tried to follow a diet program at some point or the other in their life.

Detox Diets are all around you. Just type it on google and you will come up with hundreds of options. You get 15 lakhs search results just for GM dieting.

It seems like a no-brainer on what your diet should be. Just cut down on few unhealthy foods, add more fruits, etc. and you are good to go!

Unfortunately, diet plan for women is not so simple. Good news is that the fastest way to lose weight can be with any kind of diet (people are able to lose weight just by eating burgers as well).

But the bad news is that you will gain back almost the entire weight within a year or two if you have not done it in the right way. Also, you will lose weight, instead of becoming healthier.

Research shows 95% of people fail to maintain their quick weight loss and gain back almost everything they have lost within 1-2 years.

Let’s look at the mistakes that self -dieters make, because of which their fast weight loss is not sustainable.

You try too many diets

We all have that friend; always trying the latest fad diet, always in a constant state of flux between what they can and cannot eat, and always absolutely convinced that this is finally the diet that’s going to work. If you don’t know someone like that, it might just be you.

According to a survey conducted by sweetener brand Splenda, over 10 percent of women diet over five times a year. This wreaks havoc with your body, leading to imbalances in your metabolism. That means when you inevitably fall off the wagon on your latest diet, you risk instantly piling on the pounds when you return to your regular eating habits.  

You think too much about being fat

You might think dieting is just about what you eat, but there are also a number of mental factors that contribute to whether or not your diet is successful. Recent research has shown that if you think you are fat, you are more likely to gain weight.

For example, a study published in the Journal of Obesity discovered that people at a healthy weight were more likely to be overweight 10 years later if they believed themselves to be overweight initially. The mental stress caused by thinking that you are fat releases hormones that can lead to an increased appetite and decreased metabolism. That means for your diet to be successful you need to think positively.  

You’re eating hidden sugar

Sugar is hiding around every unexpected corner just waiting to spoil your diet, so you need to learn how to avoid it. Take yogurt for example. Regular yogurt already contains around 13g of sugar per 250ml (8.79 oz), with some flavored yogurts (yes, even the supposedly healthy ones) containing the equivalent of an additional four teaspoons of sugar per 250ml.

Without you even realizing it these healthy snack imposters could be ruining all of your dieting progress. You don’t need these flavored yogurts to enjoy a sweet treat – simply stir a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup into plain yogurt instead.  

You skip breakfast

Eating food makes you gain weight, so skipping meals must help you lose weight, right? Wrong. Researchers at the Imperial College London found that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and skipping it could actually lead to weight gain.

They found that when breakfast is skipped at the start of the day, the brain is primed to seek out high-calorie foods to make up for the energy deficit in the body. That’s why dieters who skip meals are more likely to give in to high-calorie snacks later in the day, leading to weight gain instead of weight loss.  

You rely on diet soft drinks

Diet soft drinks have long been seen as a way for dieters to enjoy their favorite sugar-filled drinks guilt-free, but recent research is starting to dispel that theory. According to a study conducted at Purdue University, people who drink diet soft drinks are more likely to gain weight than those who drink regular soft drinks. This is all because of artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharine which are commonly found in diet drinks.

These sweeteners confuse your body because it doesn’t experience the intake of calories that it usually associates with sweet tastes. This leads to the release of higher amounts of the hunger-causing hormones insulin and leptin, which in turn increases food cravings.

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