Each day thousands of women make the decision to “go on a diet. " On the flip side, just as many come off their diets citing failure to achieve the results they were seeking.
They offer any number of reasons why, but in truth, their weight loss plans were doomed form the start. If you would like to avoid their fate (and I know you do!) read on.
These women committed the three mistakes that caused their weight loss plans to fail.
Having Unrealistic Expectations
Most women start off a diet by announcing how many pounds they want to lose, but fail to calculate how much real time and effort it will actually take to achieve their goal.
One pound is equal to 3500 calories.
A healthy weight loss plan consists of losing ½ - 2 pounds per week. That breaks down to 250-500 calories that you must use up or burn off per day, beyond what you are already using, in order to hit the mark.
If you have around 20 or so pounds to lose, it will take you about 12 weeks (more or less). The rate of weight loss, as well as the amount, will depend on how diligent you are with your nutrition plan and your exercise activities.
Following a Fad Diet
When I take my new clients through a nutritional consultation, the inevitable first question is “Do I have to eat all this food?" Then I tell them, “Only if you want to lose weight. "
The biggest misconception about dieting is that if you eat less, you will lose more. Not so. Your body is a machine that runs on energy 24/7. The energy it requires comes from food. If you don't feed your body with the proper amount of food it needs, it simply shuts down because it thinks it's starving. Once your body goes into starvation mode, it slows down all processes, and starts to hold onto everything that you eat. It is preserving itself. Your body will not allow itself to starve to death, this is a built in mechanism of its survival.
In order to avoid this situation, you will need to calculate how many calories you need to sustain your daily activities and stay within that range. Your body will react by properly utilizing your excess body fat as energy, and burning it off. As a by product, you lose weight. This is what you wanted in the first place, correct?
Failing to Incorporate Exercise into Your Weight Loss Plan
Years ago, I worked for a weight loss clinic, one of the largest in the country. Their clients achieved great success with their diets; however most of them looked horrible in skin-bearing clothes. Why? Because they didn't perform any sort of exercise, they only dieted. Studies have shown that diets that include an exercise plan have the highest success rates.
This is the well kept secret of the weight loss industry. If you diet alone (without exercising) you can lose muscle as well as body fat. It's important to note that one pound of fat takes up much more room in your body that one pound of muscle. Well toned, sculpted muscle burns calories 24/7 while fat just sits there.
Wow! Who knew?
Exercise makes you stronger, shapes your body, supplies you with much needed energy, strengthens your bones and most important, helps to burn excess body fat.
No matter how many diets you have attempted, chances are you have been guilty of making one of these mistakes. The good news: You are now armed with knowledge that you didn't have before and can now insure your dieting success.
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