5 Pitfalls of Weight Loss
Dieting is difficult, and it takes a great deal of self-discipline and will power. Changing our eating habits can be daunting, but doesn’t have to be an impossible feat. Avoiding some of the certain pitfalls can be critical in your successful endeavor for weight loss.
Being aware of circumstances that can sabotage your efforts is critical. The following are five of the most common problems you may face and ways to avoid them:
- Fasting or Skipping Meals
Don’t deprive yourself of food altogether. Your body will react by reverting to starvation mode, which actually slows down your metabolism. This will result in less calories being burned despite your efforts to diet or improve your eating habits. Provide your body with three balanced, low-fat, low-calorie meals per day in order to see the best results.
- Shopping for Groceries
Never go to the grocery store when you are hungry. In fact, don’t even make your grocery list while you are hungry! Eat a good, filling, healthy meal first. Then sit down and plan your meals, make a list of what you will need for those meals, and stick to the list. Avoid the candy and snack aisles at the store. And, keep in mind that often foods high in fat and calories are found at the ends of the aisles or at the perimeter of the stores. Brace yourself and be strong.
If you must eat at a fast food restaurant, don’t go for that super-size “deal.” Yes, it may be more bang for your buck, but do you really need all of that food? Try sharing a super-size value meal with whomever you are with, or only order a normal sized portion. When at home, take only the serving amount recommended on the nutritional labels of the food you are eating. If you need seconds, choose to indulge in the vegetable or salad choices. A great way to portion control is to only freeze enough of a meal to serve one portion. Avoiding left-overs is a great way to keep yourself from over-indulging.
- Mindless Eating
In this busy world, we often find ourselves eating on the run. Try to avoid including your eating into your multi-tasking habits. Turn off the television, turn off the telephone, and any other gadget that may take your attention away from the task at hand. Take the time to enjoy your meal. Eat with the family. Really enjoy and savor your food. Make it an event. Set a great table, put on some music, and really chew, taste, and enjoy. Put your fork down between bites, and don’t automatically fill your mouth immediately after swallowing. It takes your stomach a long time to send the full message to your brain, so take your time!
- Emotional Eating
Be real with yourself. Are you reaching for that snack because you are really hungry or because you are upset, stressed, or bored? If you stomach is telling you that you are really hungry, by all means eat. If the answer is emotional, get away from the food. Take the dog for a walk, go for a jog, or go to the library (you aren’t allowed to eat there!). Distract yourself with some other activity until that emotional urge subsides.
Being aware of the possible roadblocks and being prepared for them will help you in your quest to lose this weight and to keep it off. Try Phentramin-d to help suppress hunger and increase metabolism.