Are you stuck on the roller coaster of dieting/working it, losing weight, giving up, gaining it back, + starting the endless cycle all over again?
Weight loss has always been made out to be so difficult in our diet-culture world. But, really… it isn’t that complicated.
I am not saying it’s easy! That’s not true. But, losing weight for good + creating a lifelong healthy lifestyle is something that is truly attainable for every person if they have the knowledge + determination to reach their goals.
That’s why I created this blog post today. I want to shine a light on 6 very common weight loss mistakes so many women are making every day that are keeping them on the diet roller coaster.
Scroll to read 6 common weight loss mistakes you might be making + how you can bust through them + actually lose weight [+ keep it off!].
DIETING INSTEAD OF CREATING A DIET
One of the biggest weight loss mistakes is related to eating. Dieting doesn’t work. Never has… never will. When you go on a diet, the focus is always on rules, restrictions, + usually what you cannot have — how fun does that sound? That’s the issue. When dieting you’re depriving yourself of enjoying foods you love + your mindset + mental health usually takes a big hit. Why? Because diets are not enjoyable + keep you in the cycle of losing weight, seeing results, feeling restricted, giving up, gaining weight, + going through the entire process all over again.
Instead, focus on creating your own personal diet that slowly evolves to be healthier over time. A diet that lasts a lifetime + is full of flavors + foods that you enjoy. This can be done by slowly educating yourself on what foods are more nutritious, making food swaps, + eating the right amount of calories based on your goals.
NOT TRACKING YOUR STEPS
Not everyone is a fan of fitness trackers. But, if you’re not tracking how many steps you’re taking, how do you really know how much you’re moving? You don’t. Workouts aren’t enough if you’re on a weight loss journey. You need to be burning more calories than you’re consuming each day. So, tracking how often + how many steps you’re taking is key to shedding fat + getting the body that you desire.
Once you do it for a few months, you’ll make a habit of it + will naturally create a rhythm of moving specific times of the day + make it a part of your lifestyle. Walking is one of the most underrated strategies when it comes to losing weight + actually keeping it off over time!
ONLY FOCUSING ON WORKOUTS + WHAT YOU EAT
Out of all the weight loss mistakes, this one can really hold you back when you think you have changed your ways. Yes, what you’re eating each day [how much + the quality of it] + working out consistently is very important on your weight loss journey. But, it isn’t everything — here is why: if you don’t work on your mindset around weight loss… none of the eating + fitness habits will ever truly stick longterm.
When I talk about mindset, I mean dealing with your feelings around not only your healthy lifestyle habits, but the bigger things in life, too. Your relationship with others, yourself, + how you deal with obstacles that are randomly thrown at you when you least expect it. If you don’t actively have habits in place that challenge + build your daily thought processes to help you grow, you’re severely pumping the breaks on your weight loss progress.
ONLY RELYING ON THE SCALE TO TRACK PROGRESS
I remember last year when I was working with a client in my coaching program + she was getting so frustrated. She was following all advice I was giving her about eating, working out, walking, + working on her mental state. But, her weight kept fluctuating within a few pounds when she wanted to see the scale drop faster. So many people make this mistake while on their weight loss + healthy lifestyle journey. The scale is great + should be used! But, there are other factors to help you gauge your progress, too. The scale is only one piece of data.
When tracking your progress, I highly recommend infusing a few other methods, as well. The two that will definitely help really see if your body is changing is measuring your body with measuring tape + paying attention to how your clothes fit. Those will always help you see if your plan is working compared to the scale that fluctuates as you gain muscle + lose fat. Another great way is to take progress pictures over time.
NOT FOCUSING ON CREATING HABITS
In all the tips mentioned above about weight loss mistakes, all are infused in this idea: you need to focus on creating daily habits. The goal shouldn’t be to set up a plan that you do for 21 days, 3 months, or 12 weeks only. Yes, you’ll see results. But, when that time period is over, you’ll most likely just revert to the previous lifestyle you were leading — leading you to stay on the roller coaster.
Instead, focus on slowly making changing + gradually seeing weight loss + results over time. I know you might want to see results super fast + for your body to shed fat/tone overnight. But, anyone promising you that is trying to sell you something that isn’t worth buying. The slower you take to create foundational habits that last, the better progress you will see over time! That’s the key for people who lose weight + keep it off for good!
TRYING TO DO IT ALONE
Lastly, a major weight loss mistake most people make is thinking they should + can do it all on their own + be successful for the long-term. Any major goal you set doesn’t work that way [+ if you made it this far into the article, this has obviously been a struggle for you]. You need support when losing weight + trying to change your daily habits for good. In general, habits are very hard to break + to create, whether related to weight loss or not. You need people to hold you accountable + to lift you up when you need it the most.
You can find that in a spouse/partner, a friend, an online community, or working with a coach like me [that’s what my 12-week online coaching program is for!]. It might be helpful for you to post online about it, to start a blog, to keep a diary you refer back to, or to create your own group of friends/online women who have similar weight loss goals! The purpose is to have weekly or daily check-ins until you create solid habits that you no longer need a push to do.