The desire to lose weight often drives people to take drastic, unsafe measures. The point of losing weight is to get healthier, but when you do it in the wrong way, you can actually do more harm to your body than good.
If you’re trying to lose weight, make sure you avoid these 3 key mistakes.
Mistake #1: Setting unrealistic goals
Having goals is a good thing, and there’s nothing wrong with shooting for the stars…with time. You really can do anything you set your mind to, but it’s important to remember that safe, long-lasting weight loss results take time to achieve. After all, how long did it take for you to put on those excess pounds that you want to lose now? Probably a long time, right? Well, it’s going to take a little bit of time to get rid of those pounds now.
A safe, realistic weight loss goal is to try to lose 1-2 pounds each week. If you’re trying to lose any more than this, you might be forced to resort to dangerous dieting practices that could put your health at risk.
Not to mention, having unrealistic goals can lead to discouragement when you don’t make as much progress as you think you should, and this often leads to giving up altogether.
Mistake #2: Starving yourself
Yes, if you want to lose weight, the first place you’ll need to focus is your diet. Chances are that you’ll probably need to eat a little less than you’ve been eating, and you’ll need to clean up your diet some to incorporate healthier foods. However, that does NOT mean you should starve yourself. Starving yourself is not a safe, healthy, or even effective dieting tactic. Even if you did lose weight in the short term, there is no way you’d be able to sustain those results without getting seriously ill from malnutrition.
The key is balance. Yes, you’ll need to watch what you eat, but that doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. It’s all about making healthier eating decisions that help you burn fat.
Mistake #3: Overtraining
Exercise plays a key role in losing weight. Being active helps burn calories and melt fat away, making it much easier to reach your weight loss goals than by simply dieting alone. However, you have to make sure you aren’t pushing yourself too hard, too fast when it comes to exercising. Overtraining can lead to injury, lack of energy, and could hamper your immune system. So, make sure you start off your exercise regimen slowly, building up your strength and endurance over time before you go all out.