The Greatest Dieting Mistakes

When it comes to dieting there are many mistakes that are made on a near
daily basis. While there are many real profound mistakes that go along with
the territory there are a few that seem to have far more profound and lasting
implications than others. Hopefully by learning about these mistakes you can learn
to avoid them in your own weight loss pursuits.

Perhaps the single largest mistake that dieters make is adopting an all
or nothing attitude. These are the dieters that scour the pantry and the
refrigerator removing anything that could be seen as a potential source of
temptation. They embark on a dietary regimen that is nearly impossible to
maintain and believe that all is lost the moment they stray from the strict
guidelines of their diet.

While this may work for some in the short term, it sets them up for failure
frustration, and ill will towards the entire dieting process. The important thing
when it comes to dieting is the goal. Your goal is to shed pounds. There are many
ways in which this can be done that do not require starving yourself or punishing
yourself in the process.

Another great mistake when it comes to dieting is selecting a diet plan where you eat
the same thing every day. Despite our human need for structure and routine we tend to
enjoy changing our lunch routine on occasion. Select a diet or new nutrition plan that
allows you to enjoy a wide variety of foods rather than one that limits you to the same
meal or meal selection day in and day out.

Other common mistakes include depriving yourself of everything you enjoy. One thing that
we often forget is the importance of moderation. Fill up on servings of fruits and vegetables
but allow yourself to enjoy the occasional indulgence for the sake of sanity. If you never
allow yourself to enjoy a taste of chocolate, why on earth would you want to live forever?
Seriously, do not forget to enjoy food for the sake of dieting. There is nothing wrong or
sinful about enjoying food. The problem lies when you enjoy only the wrong sorts of foods.

You should also avoid the mistake of not setting goals. While you do not want to set goals
that are impossible to achieve you should also avoid the opposite end of the spectrum, which
involves having no goals at all. Those who set aggressive goals that are achievable will see
the greatest degree of success. Making those goals public and asking for support is another
thing that will help you achieve greater success. This is one reason the Weight Watchers program
has enjoyed the phenomenal success is has.

The final mistake when it comes to dieting that is made all too often is giving up. We all have
setbacks along the way. Even those who have achieved monumental dieting success have met with
failure on the road. The end result however, for those who stick with the plan is a healthier
body and that is something that is worth fighting for. Your goals may get side tracked but you
can set new goals. You may have had a bad day or even a bad week when it comes to your dietary
goals and plans. Do not let this defeat your desires to become a healthier you.

Learn to overcome those mistakes and move on from them. Let your failures teach you as much as
your successes and you should be well on your way to the healthier person that you know is hiding
inside. Whether you want to get rid of 10 pounds or 210 pounds the only way to achieve that goal and
make it last is by dedicating yourself to the process of becoming a healthier person. A healthy person
has healthy eating habits and doesn’t starve him or herself. Nor does a healthy person binge on things
that aren’t healthy. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you should be well on your to the success you seek.

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