There are certain weight loss mistakes that I see people making time and time again. Don’t sabotage your weight loss efforts by adopting an unhealthy habit that will prevent you from shedding those kilos.

Weight loss mistakes you need to ditch

Missing breakfast. This will actually cause you to put on weight. Skipping the first meal of the day will slow down your metabolism, increase sugar cravings, and lead to more overeating later in the day.

Starving yourself. Letting yourself go hungry will slow down your metabolism, put your body into starvation mode, and make it all the more likely that you’ll grab a quick, convenient and unhealthy snack.

Diet sodas. One of the most common weight loss mistakes, these artificial drinks will only add on the weight. For a more detailed explanation, make sure to read my post on the dangers of diet sodas.

Alcoholic drinks. These are loaded with sugar and calories. For more information, read my post about how alcohol affects body composition. (Spoiler alert: there isn’t a happy ending.)

Meal replacements. This is a great way to lose some weight quickly – and then put it back on again, usually with a few extra kilos. It might be tempting, but all these so-called miracle weight loss solutions are simply weight loss mistakes.

Excessive fruit. Yes, fruit is good for you and you should eat it. However, don’t overdo it. Remember that fruits are loaded with fructose which, while natural, is still sugar.

Over-training. Some people adopt a 110% or nothing approach to weight loss. This is not the way to do it. The most effective weight loss plan is to enlist the services of a personal trainer who will develop a program that is specifically designed to meet your goals.

All or nothing dieting. As with over-training, some people adopt an all or nothing approach to their weight loss diet. This is another one of those weight loss mistakes that I see all the time. Sure, you might have a cheat here or there. But as soon as you’ve had your treat, get straight back onto your diet. Don’t let one setback make you quit your healthy habits altogether.

Setting unrealistic goals. If your goals aren’t realistic then you will be disappointed, and lose motivation to carry on. Don’t expect the weight to disappear like magic – it takes consistent effort and dedication.

Being disorganised. Now I’m not advocating the adoption of OCD habits here! If you want to stay on track you need to plan your workouts, plan your meals, and do grocery shopping accordingly. Not having the correct food in your kitchen or your workout gear in your car might set you back far more than you realise.

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