I’ve been trying to lose my baby weight for over two years now. I’m definitely a pro at knowing what not to do when starting a diet. The amount of times I’ve started a diet with good intentions but failed for whatever reason is more than I’m comfortable to admit. Thankfully, my numerous failures are your gain. Keep reading to learn what to avoid when starting a diet so you can hit those weight loss goals!
What NOT To Do When Starting A New Diet
MISTAKE #1: Continuously Checking Your Weight
This one is so important. Sheesh. I wish I knew this over a year ago. Micromanaging your weight numerous times a day definitely is a motivation killer. I used to check at least once or twice a day to see if I lost any weight or at least gained weight. This was especially counterproductive when I decided to start a keto diet. I spent so much money on special keto -friendly foods and the keto test strips all to keep falling out of ketosis. A major reason why is because I kept watching the scale stay at the same number or even climb. Everyone was experiencing major keto weight loss in their first week or so and I barely dropped a pound after a couple of weeks. This discouraged me causing me to stop following the diet and killing my motivation to lose weight. If I would have just stayed consistent and stayed off the scale, I’d probably already be skinny! 🙁 Do yourself a favor and hide that scale!
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MISTAKE #2: Becoming A Diet Drill Sergeant
This was another major mistake I made when starting a diet in the past. I’d tell myself okay, it’s time to get serious about the weight loss. I’d buy everything healthy. Up my water intake. Basically, become the epitome of health….. all for a few days or hours. Then, it’d be someone’s birthday dinner and I’d have to celebrate at a very unhealthy restaurant. Or, my husband would come home with some Sonic cheeseburgers and I’d smell the aroma throughout the house. Each time, I’d break the diet then feel like the worst person ever. I’d mentally beat myself up for breaking my diet which only forced me to fail again and again. If you slip up and have a drink or a cheeseburger, IT’S OKAY! Just try again the next day. Don’t be a diet drill sergeant forcing yourself to binge eat while watching rom-coms feeling like the ultimate fattie. Been there. Done that. Trust me, you’ll want to avoid this.
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#Mistake #3: Surround Yourself With Food You Can’t Have
When starting a diet, do not surround yourself with food and people that are counterproductive to your diet. This isn’t to say you have to stay away forever. Just until you can build your discipline and get used to the new diet. Everyone in my family at the moment is not on a diet. I’m pretty much the only one who cares about losing weight. So, the amount of fast food, pasta, and starch that comes into the house is definitely tempting. When I first started my diet, I had to stay away from their food and avoid their eating times. I’d create my own meals and have it by myself to ensure that I would stick to my diet. Using your own judgment, decide how long you need to stay focused and clear of any unhealthy food and events to adjust to your diet.
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