If you’re adopting a new lifestyle change, you’re probably doing it to get healthier – not the opposite! But sometimes, when people begin a new weight loss plan they make a few common mistakes that aren’t so healthy. Avoid these four pitfalls as you get started with your dietary regimen.
Skipping breakfast. Some people skip breakfast in the morning, thinking they will save the calories for later and enjoy a larger lunch or dinner. But people who do this run the risk of becoming famished by lunchtime, and then over-indulging in less than healthy choices. Eating in the morning also revs up your metabolism for the rest of the day, helping your plan to be more effective.
Skimping on magnesium. Sometimes when we reduce our caloric intake, we consume less of important vitamins and minerals. Magnesium is a common deficiency in many people, but most of us don’t think about it. If you’re deficient in magnesium, sleep could be disrupted, which can trigger a cascade of problems such as cravings and low energy.
Make sure you’re eating leafy greens, almonds, or tofu to get more of this important nutrient in your diet, or take a supplement.
Exercising for the wrong reasons. Yes, exercising will help you burn more calories and therefore lose weight. But if you view it as a trade for eating less healthy foods, you will find yourself stuck in an unhealthy pattern. Soon you will be eating more junk food and promising yourself that you’ll exercise more tomorrow (which might or might not happen). Then, because you view exercise as a punishment for “poor behavior”, you might begin to avoid it or quit your weight loss plan altogether.
Exercise because you enjoy it and you want to take care of your body, and viewing activity in a positive light will make it more appealing.
Eating foods you hate. Your weight loss plan shouldn’t make you miserable! If you’re only eating foods that you hate, you aren’t likely to stick with it for long. Instead, experiment with new recipes and substitute ingredients you do like. If you hate kale, for example, use another leafy green. Get those important food groups into your diet, but be flexible enough that you actually enjoy your meals.
Do any of these mistakes sound familiar? We can help you put together a weight loss plan that really works, without the pitfalls that will undermine your success. Just give us a call to schedule an appointment, and you can be well on your way to new health goals this month.