*DISCLAIMER: Health and weight loss are not the same thing. This post is in no way claiming your weight is dependent on your health and happiness, nor stating weight loss should be your goal.
MISTAKE 1. VIEWING IT AS TEMPORARY.
People who want to lose weight want to keep it off once they reach their goal, right? So unless you can see yourself maintaining the lifestyle you've adopted to lose the weight, you may not be able to keep if off. It cannot be viewed as temporary, it's a lifelong process to maintain it.
MISTAKE 2. TAKING ON TOO MUCH AT ONCE.
Completely changing your lifestyle is not the answer. Adding small, sustainable changes to your daily routine over time will yield long-term success. The all-or-nothing approach will almost always result in burnout.
MISTAKE 3. FOCUSING ON PERFECTION INSTEAD OF PROGRESS.
Being realistic with what you're capable of is a must. We are human; we are not perfect and we cannot expect a linear path to our goals. There are infinite parts that play a role in weight loss, we cannot possibly account and perfect all aspects.
MISTAKE 4. RELYING ON MOTIVATION INSTEAD OF DISCIPLINE.
It's easy to be disciplined when you're motivated. Motivation comes and goes like the sun. If discipline is dependent on your motivation, you will be too inconsistent to reach your goals.
MISTAKE 5. RESTRICTION INSTEAD OF MODERATION.
Losing weight does not mean starvation or constant exercise. If you go into your weight loss journey assuming negative things such as restriction, you're already starting out on a negative note. Losing weight does not equate to feeling miserable during the process!
MISTAKE 6. EXPECTING IMMEDIATE RESULTS.
Just like it took you years of unhealthy habits to gain the weight, it will take time to lose it as well. Expecting immediate results is, and always will be, discouraging. Focus on how you feel mentally because that is where the changes will shine through first.
MISTAKE 7. OVERCOMPLICATING IT.
Losing weight is simple, but certainly not easy. Take things slowly and sustainably. Be kind to yourself and have patience.
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