I was at happy hour recently (yes, still one of my favorite pastimes) chatting with a friend about his recent weight loss. He’s lost over 50 pounds and it’s pretty much changed his life. He looks younger, feels energized and is even saving money on insurance.
Actually, I’ve had tons of people share their weight loss stories with me lately. One thing I’ve realized most people have in common is that when we’re first starting out, it’s so easy to make mistakes that prevent us from reaching our ideal weight.
As you know, I’m committed to your success in maintaining your health and well being, so I thought I’d share with you my…
Top 3 Weight Loss Mistakes… And How To Prevent Them!
(a.k.a. 3 Mistakes I Made So You Don’t Have To)
Mistake #1: Eating When You’re Thirsty
How To Prevent It: Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate… Drink Up!
Bet you didn’t know that dehydration often is disguised as hunger. Feeling snacky? You just might be thirsty instead. Drink a full glass of water and then see if you still want that snack. Even better, drink a glass of water before each meal to stay hydrated and prevent overeating.
Mistake #2: Eating Mindlessly
How To Prevent It: Write. It. Down.
Keeping track of what you eat can do wonders for your waistline. Pay attention to when you get hungry and how you feel after you eat. Which foods keep you satisfied and energized? Which foods leave you sluggish or hungry again an hour later? Jot down these notes in a food journal or keep track of your food in an app on your smartphone (my favorite is My Fitness Pal). Logging your food intake creates awareness around body signals and can prevent mindless snacking. Give it a try and tweak your food intake based on how you feel.
Mistake #3: Flying Solo
How To Prevent It: Get Some Support.
Most things in life are way more fun when you’ve got someone to share them with. Weight loss is no different. You need someone there to hold you accountable for your goals, lift your spirit when the scale doesn’t budge, and celebrate your success with you! Sure, there are plenty of weight loss websites and diet blogs out there, but NOTHING replaces the support from someone you know and trust while you’re on this journey. So find an accountability partner, hire a coach or enlist a friend to provide support as you slim down.