For most people, a weight loss plan will work best when you view it as a lifestyle change. A “diet” offers temporary weight loss, whereas changing your habits and patterns can lead to permanent results. You’ve probably heard this before.
The problem is, changing your lifestyle can involve many steps. And that might mean you make a few missteps along the way. Avoid these common mistakes and you’ll stay ahead of the game.
Don’t choose exercises you hate. Initially, you might just view exercise as a way to burn calories and succeed with your weight loss plan. But if you do that, you’re still in the “temporary change” mindset, and you’re sure to give up on your workout routine once you’ve dropped the pounds.
Instead, focus on identifying types of movement that feel good, and that you enjoy. That way you will actually stick with the program, and your lifestyle change will become permanent.
Don’t choose foods you hate, either. Your weight loss plan might specify calories and specific nutrients on which you should focus. But there is no need to force yourself to eat certain foods if you hate them. Focus on finding dishes you do enjoy, that fulfill your dietary requirements, and now you’ll be learning a new and enjoyable way to fuel your body.
Don’t skip breakfast. Resist the urge to skip breakfast in an attempt to cut daily calories. This strategy almost always backfires, by making you so hungry by lunchtime that you eat twice as much as you otherwise would have! Plus, it just slows your metabolism in the morning, and that’s the last thing you want to do.
Don’t overlook magnesium. No one really thinks to check their magnesium levels. But if you aren’t getting enough of this mineral, your sleep will be disrupted and you might crave sugary, unhealthy fare. Almonds, leafy greens, and tofu contain high levels of magnesium. Add those to your eating plan, or take a supplement if you feel it’s warranted.
If you’re ready to change your lifestyle, but need information on calories and nutrition, please give us a call. We can guide you with an appropriate weight loss plan, advice on exercise, and anything else you might need to reach your goals.