New clients sometimes tell us, “I’ve tried one weight loss plan after another. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t… But even when they do work, the weight always comes back. And the whole thing is miserable! I wish I could lose this weight for good, and keep it off, but without hating every minute of it”.
We hear you. Each weight loss plan is a bit different, but many of them encourage you to make one or more of these common mistakes. Do any of these sound familiar?
Eliminating entire food groups. Whether it’s carb-free or fat free or “free” of something else, we know that eating an imbalanced diet often leads to iffy results. You might lose a bit of weight at first, but then the plan stops working. Or, you just re-gain lost weight after you go off the plan. The truth is, our bodies need a variety of nutrients in order to stay healthy, so a reasonable, balanced diet is always going to be better than extreme deprivation. And speaking of that…
You focus on what you can’t eat. If you’re following a weight loss plan that works on elimination of “bad” foods, you’ll only think about them even more! Then you crave them more strongly than usual, and eventually your will power snaps. Instead of focusing on what you can’t eat, craft a weight loss plan around all of the delicious and healthy foods you need to be eating.
Liquid diets. Avoid any weight loss plan that won’t allow you to eat real food. While juicing or meal replacement shakes have their place at times, you won’t get enough fiber or protein if you follow these diets strictly for a long time.
Slashing calories too low. A starvation diet will only make you grumpy all the time, lower your metabolism, and possibly even harm your health.
Failing to plan at all. It’s true that eating fewer calories (from healthy sources) and exercising more often should result in weight loss. But without measurable, specific goals, it can be difficult to stick to a plan. Avoid the temptation to simply “wing it”, and put together a science-backed strategy instead.
On that note, give us a call to discuss a weight loss plan that won’t make you miserable, and will bring about long term results. We can help you put together a food regimen and exercise program that helps you make a lifestyle change for good.