Saturday, November 17, 2007

Avoid These Dieting Mistakes And Reach Your Weight Loss Target

By John Philips

While there are many real profound mistakes that go along with dieting there are a few that seem to have far more profound and lasting implications than others. When it comes to dieting there are many mistakes that are made on a near daily basis. It is possible avoid these mistakes in your own weight loss pursuits by learning about them beforehand.

Adopting an all or nothing attitude when embarking on a diet is maybe the single largest mistake that dieters can make. Once they stray from the strict guidelines of their diet, that is nearly impossible to maintain, they become frustration and believe that all is lost from that moment.

There are many ways in which you can reach your objective that do not require starving or punishing yourself in the process. While this all or nothing attitude may work for some in the short term, it's a recipe for failure, leading to frustration and a tendency to abandon the entire dieting process. The goal of losing pounds is the important thing when it comes to dieting.

Despite our human need for structure and routine we tend to enjoy changing our lunch routine on occasion. Rather than limit yourself to the same meal or meal selection day in and day out, select a diet or new nutrition plan that allows you to enjoy a wide variety of foods. Selecting a diet plan where you eat the same thing every day is another great mistake when it comes to dieting.

This leads to another common mistake, which is depriving yourself of everything you enjoy. Enjoying food should not be a penalty of dieting. The problem lies when you enjoy only the wrong sorts of foods. Fruit and vegetables are fine, but the occasional indulgence helps maintain your sanity.

One reason why some dieters are successful is because they do not make one of the biggest mistakes when beginning their diet. Not setting goals. Those who set aggressive goals that are achievable will see the greatest degree of success, but you should also avoid the mistake of having goals that are impossible to achieve. Making those goals public and asking for support is another thing that will help you achieve greater success.

Dealing with failure on the road to dieting success is commonplace, even amongst those who have achieved their goals. Therefore, the final mistake when it comes to dieting is giving up. Everyone has setbacks along the way, but the end result , for those who stick with the plan, is a slimmer and healthier body. You may have had a bad day or even a bad week and your goals may get side tracked. But you can set new goals and focus on your ultimate goal.

Learn to overcome those mistakes and move on from them. Let your failures teach you as much as your successes and you should be well on your way to the healthier person that you know is hiding inside. Whether you want to get rid of 10 pounds or 210 pounds the only way to achieve that goal and make it last is by dedicating yourself to the process of becoming a healthier person. A healthy person has healthy eating habits and doesn't starve him or herself. Nor does a healthy person binge on things that aren't healthy. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you should be well on your to the success you seek.

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